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There are many that believe that people become angels after death, but that’s not exactly a Biblical belief. Because of this, the issue is usually not addressed and people continue believe that angels are the spirits of dead people. While the Bible is unclear about exactly what angels are, here is what we learn in the Old Testament:
“For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.” – Psalm 8:5
According to the Old Testament, while still in the flesh, people are just a little lower than the angels. The reason we know that this is true is because of a reference that the writer of Hebrews makes about Jesus.
“But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.” – Hebrews 2:9
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Are Humans Higher Than Angels?
We know that in the spirit, Jesus is much higher than the angels, but we see in the above verse that He was made lower than the angels for the purpose of dying. We know that this is a reference to Him becoming a physical man because of Psalm 8:5. Humans are the only beings mentioned in the Bible as being crowned with honor and glory. Even though this is not much to go on, we can conclude that angels, and humans that are still in the flesh, are not one and the same, but what about after people die?
“Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?” – 1 Corinthians 6:3
According to Paul, humans will judge angels, but there is no mention in the Bible of people judging each other, angels judging humans, or angels judging angels. By default, this implies that humans and angels are not the same thing. Dead people do not become angels and watch over the living. To further explain how we can be sure that this is true, let’s look at what it means to be made in the image of God.
This post is an excerpt from Beyond Flesh and Blood: The Ultimate Guide To Angels and Demons.