Children in Heaven?Posted: May 28, 2009
Question: “Do children who die remain children in heaven?”
Answer: Jesus said that those who die (in the Lord) are like the angels in heaven (Mt 22:30/Mk 12:25/Luke 20:35). I take this to mean that we/they will be spirit beings that transcend the physical. Sometimes angels appear like humans (Judges 13:10, Acts 1:10), other times as apparently symbolic, fantastic creatures (Isaiah 6:2, Revelation 5:6-8). So also does the glorified Christ appear in awesome form (Revelation 1:10-18). I think they just appear in forms that we can comprehend, or that have some eternal meaning, but are not limited to any particular form.
Therefore, I suppose that those who died as children might appear to us, when we meet them in heaven, in such form as we will recognize them; but will not be limited to the form of a human child. On the other hand, I doubt that those who were imperfectly formed in life, or horribly mangled in death, will appear in that form.
True, the risen Christ still displayed his wounded hands, feet, and side (Luke 24:39). Indeed, He was still flesh at that time, but apparently had not yet ascended to the Father (John 20:17). He was in a sense in a glorified body, but had yet to be exalted to the right hand of the throne of God, where “all things are put under his feet” (Hebrews 2:8-9 et al.).
Of course, we will not be exalted like Christ, but will in some sense be like him (1 John 3:2), will be with him forever (John 14:3), and will bask in his glory (John 17:24).
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