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There a number of biblical passages (such as 1 Corinthians 4:9) that are worded as such indicating angels were created separately from and and are different from humans.

For it seems to me that God has put us apostles on display at the end of the procession, like those condemned to die in the arena. We have been made a spectacle to the whole universe, to angels as well as to human beings. (1 Corinthians 4:9, NIV)

From time to time I hear someone talking about their deceased love-one being an angel in heaven. I see this in works of fiction on TV and the like too.

Is there anything in the Bible that suggests humans can become angels?

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1 Corinthians 4:9 could easily be explained by saying men are people on the earth and angels are spirits in heaven. Could you share the other references regarding this? –  JustinY Sep 4 '11 at 14:48
Some Christians believe that humans can become angels, some don't. How about asking what a specific Christian tradition thinks? –  Andres Riofrio Jul 25 '13 at 7:29
Though this is an old question that appears off-topic, it's a pretty small topic. The Bible is relatively silent on angels so answers should be pretty small to cover it fairly. I would not vtc. –  fredsbend Feb 12 at 22:03
@curiousdannii Asking "What is the Biblical basis for..." negates almost all the answers. –  Mr. Bultitude Mar 13 at 20:49
@Mr.Bultitude It was already there in the body of the question, and the old title was a Truth Question. You're right that it does invalidate some... but I think we discussed on Meta before that occasionally it's acceptable to answer questions like this in the negative when there is a very clear consensus across the denominations. But if you can think of a better title that wouldn't be truthy then please do change it again! –  curiousdannii Mar 13 at 23:08

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The general accounts of men, angels and the interaction between the two makes a pretty clear distinction that they are different KINDS of beings. Both are created by God but each has a different purpose and different destiny. We understand some things they do not. They are not bound by some of the physical limitations we are.

One interesting note is that angels were never offered salvation. The 1/3 of the angels that sided with Satan in his rebellion were cast out of Heaven and every indication is made that they will never see it again.

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The fact that 1/3 of the angels won't receive salvation doesn't mean the other 2/3 won't. –  JustinY Sep 4 '11 at 22:44
@JustinY: The other 2/3 wouldn't need salvation in the first place... –  El'endia Starman Sep 4 '11 at 23:58
@El'endiaStarman I agree they don't need salvation per se but there is actually a really interesting issue along those lines. I feel a question coming on. I'm really curious to see if the issue that I have in mind gets dealt with! –  Caleb Sep 8 '11 at 20:30
We are the other 2/3. –  Brian Hitchcock Mar 12 at 10:06
@BrianHitchcock Um, no. Actually we aren't. At least not according to far more that 2/3 of Christianity! –  Caleb Mar 12 at 10:07

There are at least two verses in the Bible where humans and angels are directly compared:

Hebrews 2:6b-7,9a (NIV)

6b what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?

7 You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor.

9 What we do see is Jesus, who was given a position “a little lower than the angels”

If men and Jesus Himself were (a little) lower than angels, then I don't think they become angels. And then you have the points raised by Caleb, so the answer is "No".

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Your answer proves well that we aren't angels in our current state, but that doesn't mean we can't become angels. –  JustinY Sep 4 '11 at 22:42
@El'endia Starman Actually Pslams 8:4-5 in the original text had Elohim in the place of Angels: biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%208:4-5&version=NLT –  James Khoury Sep 4 '11 at 23:59
@JustinY: That's true. There aren't any that speak specifically about a transition from humanhood to angelhood, either for or against. –  El'endia Starman Sep 5 '11 at 0:04
@James: ...wow. Indeed, you are correct. I had the wrong version referenced. –  El'endia Starman Sep 5 '11 at 0:06
@El'endia Starman Its interesting in that the original translator (seemingly) couldn't comprehend how we could be a little lower than God himself. It doesn't seem that angels are even considered in the verse. But The Hebrews reference is a good one but I would point out Verse 9. –  James Khoury Sep 5 '11 at 0:12

Angels are pure spiritual beings. That is, they are pure intellect with no physical bodies. However, they have the ability to somehow form a manifestation so that we can see them when it is necessary for them to communicate with us. Humans are composite beings. We share a physical nature with the animals, but we also have a spiritual and intellectual nature like the angels. So although we have some things in common with the angels, we are different from them because of our physical bodies.

When we die, our spiritual component is temporarily separated from our physical body, which usually undergoes decay. During this time, we are spirits without bodies, and in a way more like the angels. However, at the end of this age, at the resurrection, we will be reunited with our resurrected bodies, and will maintain this composite physical/spiritual form for eternity.

Note that even Jesus, who is God, has a physical body because he permanently united himself with human nature, and he has already undergone resurrection. He somehow has a physical body, although it is different in nature from the body he had before his death. Similarly, our future bodies will be of a different nature than what we have in this life.

Angels never had and never will have bodies, though.

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How do you know a physical body in Heaven will have any resemblance or even any characteristics at all like an earthly body. 13 dimensions maybe. –  Hammer Apr 29 '12 at 6:23

I perused the entire Bible today looking at verses that mention angels. The strongest one I found was Luke 20:34-36 (ESV):

And Jesus said to them, "The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage, but those who are considered worthy to attain to that age and to the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage, for they cannot die anymore, because they are equal to angels and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection.

Christ said that in the resurrection we will be equal to the angels.

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I believe this is that we will be like angels in the fact that we will not die. –  James Khoury Sep 4 '11 at 23:55
NIV has "36 and they can no longer die; for they are like the angels". NLT has "36 And they will never die again. In this respect they will be like angels." Thus, James Khoury is correct. –  El'endia Starman Sep 5 '11 at 0:02
Being equal to or like something is NOT an indication of being that thing. Think of this between the difference between a == test operator in most programming languages and === which matches type and not just value. Just because a certain value or properly (in this case, not dying) matches between two things does not mean those things are the same TYPE. –  Caleb Sep 5 '11 at 12:47
I'm simply amazed by the level of biblical analysis in these comments. You guys should release your own bible commentary. –  user1694 Aug 20 '12 at 12:08

After we die, We will be like angels in heaven exactly like Jesus taught Saduccees in Matthew 22.

Here is the passage from Matthew 22:23-32 (NIV) if anyone is interested in reading it.

Matthew 22:23-32 (NIV)

That same day the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to him with a question. “Teacher,” they said, “Moses told us that if a man dies without having children, his brother must marry the widow and raise up offspring for him. Now there were seven brothers among us. The first one married and died, and since he had no children, he left his wife to his brother. The same thing happened to the second and third brother, right on down to the seventh. Finally, the woman died. Now then, at the resurrection, whose wife will she be of the seven, since all of them were married to her?”

Jesus replied, “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God. At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven. But about the resurrection of the dead—have you not read what God said to you, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is not the God of the dead but of the living.”

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Being "like angels" is not the same thing as "becoming angels". Since you haven't defined what "like" means in this context, this doesn't really answer the question yet. –  Caleb Jul 25 '13 at 8:45
I didn't say they will become angels. The point I made is they will have the qualities of angels. –  konwayk Jul 25 '13 at 15:34

Revelations 22: 8-9:

8 And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things.

9 Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.

Looks like a pretty clear "yes" to me: the angel sent from heaven to John to deliver the message identifies himself as a (most likely post-mortal) prophet.

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Looking at the NIV, part of that verse is "I am a fellow servant with you and with your fellow prophets". Thus, the angel isn't saying that he is one of the prophets, but rather that he's a fellow servant WITH the prophets. –  El'endia Starman Sep 4 '11 at 18:09
...assuming the NIV is correct, of course. –  Mason Wheeler Sep 4 '11 at 18:11
ESV: "I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers the prophets". NLT: "I am a servant of God, just like you and your brothers the prophets". –  El'endia Starman Sep 4 '11 at 18:12
A prophet is a messenger, specifically someone who brings or proclaims a message from God. Angles frequently fill this roll, and in not a few cases God used men for this as well. Just because a horse and an ox can both draw a plow is not evidence that one will ever become the other. –  Caleb Sep 4 '11 at 18:37
Futhermore, in the OP's KJV passage, "I am of thy brethren the prophets" can mean "I am the same kind/order of thy brethren the prophets" (i.e. I perform the same function). –  Andres Riofrio Dec 11 '12 at 3:02

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