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In creating Angels, God gave them powerful abilities humans don’t possess, while, ultimately, giving both their own unique positions in the heavenly realm. Here are the differences separating angels and humans…

Before we begin, a misconception about angels and humans must be cleared up. Some mistakenly assert that when humans die they will go to heaven, grow wings and become angels. But angels and humans were created as entirely distinct beings. What is true, is that humans will be transformed and live in the spiritual realm in spirit bodies, not material ones. And in the afterlife, redeemed humans will rank higher than angels.

The unique powers of angels

“Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation?”

–Hebrews 1:14

While the Bible tells us that angels are ministering spirits, in fact, the unique titles of different types of angels are their job descriptions.

Some angels are messengers. Some are warrior Angels delivering God’s judgment and are sometimes referred to as destroying angels. And other Angels continually worship God and sing of his glory.

An Archangel, as the title suggests, is an angel of high rank, such as a prince or chief. Michael is the only Archangel listed in the Bible.

The angel Gabriel is known as God’s messenger and the ministry angel. Seraphim, which are only mentioned in Isaiah 6:1-6, who have six wings, seem to have the duty of praising God in heaven.

Cherubim are powerful angels who have wings, hands, and are full of eyes encompassed by wheels within wheels. They guard God’s most holy place, and in Genesis 3:24, they are guarding the tree of life in the Garden of Eden.

The differences between humans and angels

The Bible tells us that angels are superior to humans in many ways. Scripture says God created humans “a little lower than the angels.” (Hebrews 2:5-7).

Angels have greater knowledge than human beings (2 Samuel 14:20). We can assume since angels were created before humankind and are able to see the activities on Earth, they may have flaws of all of human history.

However, angels are not omniscient or ugly potent as God is. Jesus clarified this in Mark 13:32, when he said “but about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”

Angels already dwell in the heavenly realm. Since angels are spiritual beings, they are invisible to human eyesight, although they can manifest as light or mortal beings that humans can see.

But there are some important differences. For example, angels have no gender. They are sexless. As a result, angels do not procreate or marry. Jesus said that in the resurrection, it will be the same for humans… “They will be like the angels in heaven” (Matthew 22:30).

There is nothing in Scripture that suggests angels must consume food to stay alive. Only when angels have manifested as humans on earth do we find examples in the Bible of angels eating and drinking.

Uniqueness of humans over angels

According to Scripture, humans, that is Christians, are joint heirs with Jesus Christ through redemption (Romans 8:17) by faith.

The Bible tells us that the lower position of humans is temporary. At the resurrection, humans will be made higher than angels (Luke 20:36). And as Paul writes, “know ye not that we shall judge angels?” (1 Corinthians 6:3).