Becoming “Like” Angels in the Resurrection (Outline)
- Disbelief in Resurrection (v. 23)
- Levirate Marriage Law (cf. Deuteronomy 25:5–10)
- Whose Wife Would She Be?
- At Discussion is the Nature of Resurrection (v. 28)
- In the Resurrection, All Will Be Like Angels (v. 30)
- Disbelief in Angels (cf. Acts 23:8)
- Resurrection Bodies (cf. 1 Corinthians 15:35–49)
- We do not become asexual.
The Nature of Angels
- Ministering spirits (Hebrews 1:14)
- Higher than humanity (Hebrews 2:7–9)
- Referred to in the Bible using masculine pronouns and names (e.g. Michael, Gabriel).
- “Messenger” is what the Hebrew and Greek terms translated “angel” means.
- They appeared in human form (Genesis 18) as well as divine form (Luke 1). They are not to be worshiped (cf. Revelation 22:9).
- They delivered the Gospel to humans (cf. Galatians 1:8)
- Christ’s conception (Luke 1:26–38); birth (Luke 2:9–15); resurrection (Matthew 28:5–7); and ascension (Acts 1:9–11).
- They are a chorus of singers praising God and holding Him in reverence (Psalm 89:5–8; Revelation 4:6–5:14).
They were created (Psalm 148:1–5):
- Before the creation of the world, because they were present and rejoiced when the world was created (Job 38:4–7).
- They are often referred to as “sons of God” (Genesis 6:2; Psalm 29:1; Job 1:6) or “gods” (Psalm 82:1, 6).
They exist in the hierarchy:
- Michael is archangel (Jude 1:9; cf. 1 Thessalonians 4:16).
- Though not called an archangel in the Bible, Gabriel stands in God’s presence which may indicate that he is an archangel (Luke 1:19).
- Seraphim (“fiery ones”) are the closest to God (Isaiah 6:1–7).
- Cherubim (“full of wisdom”) are next-closest to God (Ezekiel 1:5–22 & 10).
- Thrones refer to God’s judicial powers, dominions and powers are a part of God’s providential plan, and principalities oversee earthly governments.