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Don Stewart :: Were All the Angels Created Good?

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Don Stewart
Yes. When God originally created the angels, they, along with everything else in the universe, were created good. The Bible says.

God saw everything that He had made, and indeed, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day (Genesis 1:31).


Though all of the angels were originally created holy, not all of them remained in this state. It seems that God allowed for a time of testing after their creation. Led by one particular angel, some of them rebelled against God, though it seems that most of them continued to follow Him. The Bible makes a clear distinction between these two groups of angels.

Good Angels

The angels that did not rebel continue to follow the Lord until this day. They have constantly demonstrated their loyalty to God. They are known as the "elect" angels.

I charge you before God and the Lord Jesus Christ and the elect angels that you observe these things without prejudice, doing nothing with partiality (1 Timothy 5:21).

Evil Angels

On the other hand, the evil angels await judgment. The Bible says that the eternal fires of judgment were prepared for them.

Then He will say to those at His left, 'You that are accursed, depart from Me into the eternal fire prepared for the Devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41).


Though God initially created everything perfect, some of the angels chose to leave their position with Him. That rebellion separated the angels into two groups - righteous and unrighteous. The righteous ones will remain in His service forever while the unrighteous angels, through their own choice, have been condemned to judgment.
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