Maybe God isn’t who you think He is. He’s much better. This series will help you identify some Christian clichés we’ve all heard somewhere before but they are actually un-biblical lies. These clichés although innocent, are harmful to our faith and they keep far too many believers stuck in spiritual immaturity. Let’s replace these clichés with truths about God from the Bible, that will bring encouragement and freedom to our lives.
First posts in this series:
Praise to God for a Living Hope
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
10 Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care, 11 trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of the Messiah and the glories that would follow. 12 It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things. 1 Peter 1:3-12
Is God gaining new angels every day?
According to statistics on worldsometers.info, there have been over 19,000,000 deaths this year (at the time of writing). What does the word of God say about humans and angels? Does it mean God has received over 19,000,000 new angels this year? Plainly and simply put: humans are humans, and angels are angels. Even in eternity. According to 1 Peter 1:12, angels “long to look into these things“, the interaction between God and His humans.
This is the greatest demonstration of God’s love for us in the Gospels. God loves us more than He loves His angels. Consider this – God sent Jesus for us. God loved us that He sent His Son to become one of us (fully God and fully man) to die as one of us, for us! Christ died for us, not for His angels.
Through Christ’s resurrection, Jesus conquered sin and death for us, not His angels. Through faith in the Son of God, we get to experience grace, hope, and complete forgiveness for our rebellion against Him. Angels never get to experience this!
It’s actually better for you to be a human than to be an angel.
When loved ones die, God calls another believer to come home. Your loved one sees Jesus face to face. They leave this temporary place and temporary body, and they go to their eternal home in the arms of his loving Father. Take absolute peace knowing that God and His Word can be trusted. Let the promises of the Scriptures mend your broken heart, giving you confidence that your loved ones, if they knew Jesus, are more alive today than you are—not as angels but as fully glorified humans being with perfect hearts that are no longer susceptible to sin, minds that are no longer susceptible to depression, and bodies that are no longer susceptible to disease or death.
What is the most helpful way to care for someone who is grieving the loss of a loved one?
Name a time when someone ministered to you when you were grieving. What specifically did this person say or do that really helped you?
God is not gaining new angels; rather, He is calling believers home.