Who Are the Angels that Sinned in 2 Peter 2:4?

“For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment”.

As we consider this question, we look first at some of the meanings of the words involved. The word angel in this passage is from the Greek aggelos [ang’-el-os], and refers to someone who brings tidings, or a messenger, and by implication a pastor. The word “sinned” comes from hamartano [ham-ar-tan’-o] and it means to offend, trespass or miss the mark. There is nothing unusual in the use of these words. The word “hell” in this verse however, is the one word that is unusual. We will discuss this later.

It should be obvious that the context is not talking about the immortal angels. We are aware that the errors of Christendom astray allow for immortal messengers to fall from heaven. However, we are not interested in these vain philosophies. It would be very inconsistent to suggest that the holy angels could be “reserved unto judgment”, thus implying that the wonderful gift of eternal life is still subject to review.

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Author: The Advocate

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Bible reference(s): 2 Peter 2:4, Jude 1:5-7

Source: “Question Box,” The Christadelphian Advocate.

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