Children are always objects of God’s love, not God’s judgment. Jesus said this about children,
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom
of heaven belongs to such as these. Matthew 19:14 NIV
Not only does the kingdom of heaven belong to children, Jesus uses them as an example of the type of faith we are to have:
“I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” Mark 10:15 NIV
The only ones who are the objects of God’s judgment are the unrepentant.
Jesus says, But unless you repent, you too will all perish.” Luke 13:5 NIV
This brings up another question, many ask, “When are children old enough to be unrepentant? It’s the age that they know they are sinners and willfully rebel, disobey or reject God. This is called the “Age of Accountability” and it varies from person to person. Some have said, “Aggies never reach the age of accountability” Ok, as an Aggie, I can make fun of us! It could be some people never reach this age, typically most agree that its around the age of 11-13, some would say earlier though.
‘Will we recognize each other in heaven?'”
As I see it in the Bible. Yes. When Jesus was transfigured on the mountain (Matt 17:1-9) there was Elijah & Moses there was recognition, they were visiting. Jesus also got onto the Pharisees in Mark 12:27, “when God said he is God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, he is the God of the living. There is evidence that we are going to have some sort of a memory of what took place on earth, because we’ll give an account for our actions. There’s also a great story in Luke 16, where there was a rich man in a place called Hades, and he looked up and saw Abraham far away with Lazarus by his side. If you read this story, you’ll see that the rich man in Hades was concerned about his brothers that were still left behind on earth, giving us some indication of memory. A great book by Don Piper, a guy that was dead for 90 minutes and describes his experience, its called “90 minutes in Heaven.” He describes recognizing people.
‘Can people see us from heaven?‘ Some people who have lost a loved one want to know if Grandma is watching.
“A lot of people say, ‘Grandma is my guardian angel’, or ‘Grandma’s watching me’.
Those who say that they might be able to see us, will often quote Hebrews 12:1 that says:
‘Since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses.’
And they will say that the “cloud of witnesses” are witnessing what goes on on earth. Actually doesn’t mean they are witnessing or watching us. They are witnesses to us by the life they have lived. They witness the glory of God and can’t see what’s going on on earth. In Luke 16, the story about the rich man and Lazarus indicate they probably cannot see us, because if they could see us, they would be filled with grief in seeing what’s going on. There’s no grief in heaven (Revelation 21:7) so I don’t think people can see us. God is all knowing and Grandma is not.
‘Will we be married in heaven?'”
“I wish we were, because I love my wife a bunch. But, here is what Jesus said, Matthew 22:30, He said:
‘At the resurrection, people will neither marry, nor be given in marriage.’
We are not going to be married in heaven.”
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