Was or Is Jesus An Angel?

Joel Hemphill

Some teach in error that Jesus was the “angel of the Lord” of the Old Testament, or even Michael the archangel, that entered the womb of Mary and came forth as the Lord Jesus Christ. Of course the Bible doesn’t even hint this. Those who teach such things should read again the first two chapters of Hebrews and see that Jesus did not come in the angel family, but he came in the human family. Notice these verses:

“But to which of the angels said he [God] at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool” (Heb. 1:13)?

“But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death…that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man” (Heb. 2:9).

“For unto angels hath he not put in subjection the world to come” (Heb. 2:5).

Notice carefully the verse above. God has not put “the world to come” under angels. He has put it under redeemed “man.” Jesus, our redeemer, a man, came in the human family; thus he is our brother and we are his coheirs.

“Wherefore in all things it behooved him to be made like unto his brethren…” (Heb. 2:17).

“And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ” (Rom. 8:17).

“…then an heir of God through Christ” (Gal. 4:7).

In spite of the fact that Jesus taught plainly that he is a “man” (Greek “anthropos”), a member of the species homo sapien, this is such a hard concept for people to grasp, we should look at overwhelming biblical support for this truth.