Are there elect or chosen angels?

by Matt Slick

To be elected means to be chosen.  People are chosen of God (Ephesians 1:4; 2 Thessalonians 2:13), and angels are also chosen.

1 Timothy 5:21, "I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus and of His chosen angels, to maintain these principles without bias, doing nothing in a spirit of partiality."

The word "chosen" in Greek is ἐκλεκτός, eklektós

"adj. from eklégō to choose, select. Chosen, select. In the group of three important biblical words, eklektós, eklégō, and eklogḗ (1589), choice or election, selection involves thoughtful and deliberate consideration.1

So it would appear that God had chosen certain angels not to fall with Satan. Since angels cannot be redeemed, God had kept for himself a group of angels who would not fall. They are the elect or the chosen angels. By contrast, it appears there are angels God did not elect.

2 Pet. 2:4, "For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to pits of darkness, reserved for judgment."

  • 1. Zodhiates, Spiros. The Complete Word Study Dictionary: New Testament. Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2000.

About The Author

Matt Slick is the President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.