Of angels and marriage

Angels and Demons

Mark 12:25  For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven

How are angels different from humans? How is it that we’re “a little lower than the angels” (Psalm 8:5)?  The impression we get from the Bible is that angels and humans are quite different, but how?  And why?

Angels were all created by God with specific reasons in mind.  They are sent out as messengers, protectors, and even warriors.  They fulfill God’s will in a different way that we do.  When speaking to some religious people of His day, Jesus compared resurrected humans to being more like angels than what we are here on earth.  We will no longer marry, as marriage is an earthly institution with purposes that are unnecessary in heaven.  Our heavenly bodies will be free from disease and injury, much like angelic beings.  We will be made whole in our new bodies, there will be no more sinning, no more hurting.

But it’s important to note that we will be like the angels in heaven, not angels.  We don’t become angels when we die, contrary to some cartoons.  We will still be distinct from the angels, carrying out our own tasks different from theirs.  We will worship God forever like the angels, but not as angels.  We’ll be coworkers, so to speak, serving God however He directs us.  Nothing will be done in vain.