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Spiritually Speaking: Angels vs. gangels

 

January 3, 2020

Dr. W Jay Tyree

"So He became as much superior to angels as the name He has inherited is superior to theirs" (Hebrews 1:4 NIV).

CAUTION – RANT AHEAD

I'm afraid our culture has recreated angels in a number of ways that hides their true, God-created identity. I'm no expert, but here are a few things I've noticed about the heavenly host – as revealed in Scripture. First, and perhaps foremost, they are never seen as "cute." One of my favorite humans used to collect dreamcicles. They are the ultimate in cute angel collectibles and I may have been guilty of purchasing one for her Christmas, one year, but there is no evidence in scripture that any angelic beings are small, rounded and "sweet." As a rule, when an angel shows up, people are terrified. In fact, the most common reaction seems to be fear and falling down (whether in fear or in a misdirected act of worship).

CAUTION – MALE CHAUVINIST RANT AHEAD

Again, when one peruses the pages of the Old and New Testaments, one sees a multitude of male angels and (with one possible exception – see Zechariah 5:9) no females. However, if you head out to a Christian bookstore or online outlet for angelic representations, you will find the vast majority of the figurines to be gangels – new word for girl angels – all rights reserved. Put those two rants together and think about the "guardian" angel God set at the entrance to Eden to guard the way to the Tree of Life. I don't think Adam ever – not even once – said, "Hey Eve, I think I can whoop her!"

CAUTION – FACT IS BETTER THAN FICTION

No, your friend, spouse, child, loved-one did not die because God needed another angel. While an angel might take on human form (we'll talk later about "entertaining angels without knowing it") they do not become human, nor do humans become angels. We will live in the same area (heaven) and praise the same God, but humans are resurrected as humans and angels have no resurrection at all. But this is a wonderful thing. God did not send His Son to die for the angels. He sent His Son to die for us!

END OF RANT; see you Sunday.

 

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