Essential Bible Studies

Equal to the Angels

February 1, 2021

Jesus said that those who are resurrected to everlasting life will be "equal to the angels". If this is the case then we certainly want to know as much as we can about God's heavenly angels. Rob Alexander joins Tim Young to introduce us to this essential Bible study.

Key Verse:

“… 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.” (Luke 20:35-36)

Show Outline

  1. Introduction
  2. Why study angels? (Matt. 22:29-30; Luke 20:35-36)
  3. Basics
    1. Meaning of angel – messengers, can be either human or heavenly
    2. We are made in the image of angels a.k.a. Elohim (Gen. 1:26 cp. Psa. 8:4-6; Heb. 2:7-9)
    3. Angels appear as men (Gen. 18:2; Judges 13:16)
    4. Angels also appear in glory (Matt. 28 – at Jesus’ tomb) but also can be invisible (Num. 22:31 – Balaam; 2 Kings 6:14-18 – Elisha and chariots of fire)
  4. God manifestation
    1. The curious case of Jacob wrestling an angel (Gen. 32:24,30)

      1. Described as a man but an angel (v. 24; Hosea 12:4)
      2. Jacob says he has seen God, face to face (v. 30; 1 Tim. 6:16)
    2. Angels represent God (Ex. 3:2,4,6)
    3. They take on his name (Ex. 23:20-21)
  5. Final conclusion

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