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Ask Pastor Adrienne: How old will we be in heaven?

Adrienne Greene
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Q: Dear Pastor,
How old will we be in heaven?

A: Many of us have pondered this regarding the afterlife. We have ideas about heaven based on our desires: I’d like to be 21 again, when my body and energy levels were at their most beautiful and most alive. Or we’d prefer to reunite with our adored grandmother, looking the age we knew her and loved her before she passed away (she may desire a different heavenly age for herself, however!). We have numerous testimonies of people who visited heaven on their sick-beds but returned to tell the tale of people of various ages they observed there. So how on earth will God sort that out?

The short answer: Only God knows. We speculate on God’s mysteries; we glean information from biblical clues; we listen to supernatural insights from survivors of near-death experiences - but only God knows the answer to your question. Here’s what we understand:

“But do not let this one fact escape your notice beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day,” (2 Peter 3:8, NASB). Heaven is an eternal place that exists in another dimension of time and space that we do not have access to; nor do we have intimate knowledge of. Yet numerous people have visited heaven and lived to talk about it. Their stories have similarities in a general sense, but no two tales depict the same exact experience. One could surmise that a heavenly encounter is relative to the person having it, i.e., a child may experience the delight of having lots of children, animals and playmates around, such as Colton Burpo in the famous true story, “Heaven is for Real.” A senior citizen may find a joyful heaven as life looked in the 1950s, their happiest years. What about the aborted and miscarried babies? Is heaven a womb-like atmosphere of eternal warmth, comfort and nearness to the heart of God who planned their conception ... where they are eternally ageless since they had no birth? Some things are not meant for us to know on this side of glory.

According to the Bible, we will all receive a new type of body that will be able to exist in this ageless, timeless environment: “Our bodies are like tents that we live in here on earth. But when these tents are destroyed, we know that God will give each of us a place to live. These homes will not be buildings that someone has made, but they are in heaven and will last forever,” (2 Corinthians 5:1, CEV). I’m thinking our new body will be more spirit than husk, so perhaps it can morph into whatever age is desired? It’s exciting to meditate on the possibilities.

A wise pastor named Ed Young once answered this question perfectly: “Whoever we’ll be in heaven, we’ll have within us everything we were on earth. We’ll be childlike, if we were a child. We’ll be fun-loving, if we were a teenager. We’ll be wise and mature, if we got to live into old age. We’ll be beautifully innocent, if we never made it to birth.”

It’s stunning to think about. Every moment of our lives is adding up to something eternal in Christ. We’ll get to be the very best of all we are, once we get “home.”

Do you have a question or comment for Pastor Adrienne? Send your inquiries to: info@adriennewgreene.com or write to P.O. Box 214, Harrison, OH 45030. For more information on Pastor Adrienne, or to purchase her book, “Ask Pastor Adrienne: 100 Best-loved Columns,” please visit www.adriennewgreene.com.