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Will people be the same age and size in heaven as when they died on earth?
My daughter age 8 asked me a question that I completely stumped by. The question is, "When we are resurrected to our incorruptible bodies, will people be the same age as they were on earth? Will children remain in their same age, size, etc.?
While the Bible does not give us one verse that answers that question, there are verses from which we can gain a clear answer.I Corinthians 13:10-12 says, But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. Heaven is a perfect place. The Bible says, When that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. A child is in the in part stage. The child is only in part as to how big he/she will one day be. Children are only in part as to what their understanding will one day be of language. The Bible goes on to say, When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. One day, all Christians will be in heaven with the Lord. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. When we get to heaven, we will not have to ask what anyones name is. Then shall I know even as also I am known. We will know everyones name there, and they will all know us. Heaven will not be a place of strangers, but a place of wonderful friends. That lets us know that when children go to heaven, not only do they have a change in regard to their knowledge, but WE ALL EXPERIENCE A CHANGE IN KNOWLEDGE. We will know all of the believers of all time, even though we have never met them earlier. Remember, when Peter and James and John were with Jesus up on the Mount of Transfiguration, they immediately knew who else was there without being told. Matthew 17:1-4 says, And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. And, behold, THERE APPEARED UNTO THEM MOSES AND ELIAS talking with him. Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one FOR THEE, and one FOR MOSES, and one FOR ELIAS. That was just a taste of what heaven is going to be like. Even though Peter had never seen them before, they did not have to wear name tags, because he knew who they were. This also brings up the matter of the elderly. If babies remained babies when they go to heaven, then they would need eternal baby sitters, and would be trapped in eternity as babies that could do nothing for themselves. If that were true, then the elderly who can no longer walk, and no longer hear, and no longer have the minds to remember things or even to communicate with others, would also be trapped in that state for all of eternity. That would not be a perfect place at all. It would be a place where people were only existing in part. Once again, consider I Corinthians 13:10-12, But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. Heaven will be a place of perfection. Isaiah 35:5,6 says, Then the EYES OF THE BLIND shall be OPENED, and the EARS OF THE DEAF shall be UNSTOPPED. Then shall the LAME MAN LEAP as an hart, and the TONGUE OF THE DUMB SING. Our eyesight will be perfect. Our hearing will be perfect. Our physical abilities will be perfect. Our singing will be perfect. That all requires complete maturity. Revelation 21:4 says, And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be NO MORE DEATH, neither SORROW, nor CRYING, neither shall there be any more PAIN: for the former things are passed away. If there is no crying or tears in heaven, then that means that there can be no more crying babies. That means that all people in heaven will be able to talk and communicate with each other. Notice that it says again, for the former things are passed away. Things will have changed from what they are now, in regard to our physical infirmities and limitations. Whether it is the baby, or the elderly, or even the middle aged person who thinks that he is in the prime of life; we all have infirmities of one sort or another. We all have limitations, and are in part in so many ways in this life. But when we go to heaven, everything is made perfect and mature truly in the prime of eternal life. Revelation 21:5 says, And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I MAKE ALL THINGS NEW. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
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