It gives me great comfort to know that Bob and Daddy (and Granny, Grampsy, and others I have loved) are actually higher than the angels now. (We do not become angels in heaven. Angels are a separate species.)
As believers and followers of Christ, we have been elevated to a position that is far superior to the angels once we move to Heaven. At the time of salvation, we were raised and seated with the Lord Jesus in Heaven.” And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:6-7).
“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory” (Colossians 3:1-4). We are co-heirs with Christ, raised and seated with Him.
So, we see that the believer has a position of authority superior to angels. Hebrews shows one of the angel’s purposes: “Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?” (Hebrews 1:14). Angels are sent by God to render service to believers. This means that angels are available to us to help us when needed. God uses them in a variety of ways, and seeing how they are sent to serve and help us, shows us our importance in God’s eyes.
Dr. Billy Graham gives further support as he writes:
“The truth is, when we die and go to heaven, we become even greater than the angels! The angels are spiritual beings who were created by God to be His servants, and God has given them great authority and power to do His will. And at the present time, the angels are greater than we are, because God made us (as humans) ‘a little lower than the heavenly beings’ (Psalm 8:5).
But the Bible also says that in heaven we will be higher than the angels — and the reason is because we will be like Christ. The Bible says, ‘Do you not know that we will judge angels?’ (1 Corinthians 6:3). Although that verse may be referring to the rebellious angels who chose to follow Satan, it still implies that our status after death will be above that of the angels.”
Our loved ones are literally walking streets of gold.