Q. Recently, our bible study leader talked about the rebellion of angels (Satan in particular) that started the disorder of God’s peace, and of them being cast out as a result. He mentioned that both angels and humans have free will to serve God, a choice to either be for God or against Him. My question is, can fallen angels ask for God’s forgiveness and be restored to their former position with Him? Is it possible for them to repent and be forgiven just like humans?
A. Although Colossians 1:19-20 tells us that because of the cross, God was able to reconcile Himself to all things, whether in Heaven or on Earth, the Bible doesn’t reveal any plan of redemption for angels, nor does it describe such a thing ever happening. Therefore if there is a plan to redeem angels, we’re not privileged to know it.
What the Bible does say is that Jesus became a man to save mankind. The writer of Hebrews tells us His death applies only to mankind and specifically excludes angels.
For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants. For this reason he had to be made like his brothers in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people (Hebrews 2:16-17).
By the way, lest you think this verse is only about Israel, in Galatians 3:26-29 Paul said whether we’re Jew or Gentile by birth, if we belong to Christ we are Abraham’s seed (descendant) and heirs according to the promise.