"Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory He will reveal to us later. For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who His children really are. Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse. But with eager hope, the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay. For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. And we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as His adopted children, including the new bodies He has promised us." Romans 8:18-23
This is a clear statement that our resurrection, the redemption of our bodies, will bring deliverance not only to us but also to the rest of creation, which has been groaning in its suffering. This seems to indicate that on the New Earth, after mankind’s resurrection, animals who once suffered on the old Earth will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death. It only makes sense that the animals who went through the suffering here on this cursed earth, the same ones who “groan” and who “eagerly waits” for deliverance will be the very same animals who are redeemed on the New Earth when all creation is made new.When sin got out of control and God decided to destroy the earth with a flood, God chose to save the animals as well as the people (Genesis 6:19-22).
"For with God nothing shall be impossible." Luke 1:37
"All things are possible to him that believeth.!" Mark 9:23
"If ye shall ask any thing in My Name, I will do it." John 14:14
"...No good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly." Psalm 84:11
"Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, .... your reward is great in heaven." Luke 6:23
"How much more shall your Father which is in Heaven give good things to them that ask Him?" Matthew 7:11
Since God promises that He will not withhold any good thing from those who love Him... there is the possibility that a simple request to our Savior, could make petitions for our pets a fulfilled request instantaneously. There are multitudes whose beloved pets have gone the way of all flesh and died. God is able to bring them back from dust and ashes as simply as He does humans when the dead in Christ rise.
However, their restoration may occur only after believers arrive in Heaven and request their pets because having the animals we loved with us in Heaven would not be because of salvation, which is a spiritual experience, but because our requests produced God's recreation or restoration of our faithful, loving, and loyal furry friends.
"The Lord Himself shall descend from Heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first; Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words." 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18
God extends to animals the blessings of mankind’s redemption, just as He extended to them the curses of mankind’s sin. Every living thing, animals and people alike wait for the redemption that will extend to the entire creation. God meant for animals to be part of His World, now and in the Eternal ages to come.
God entrusted animals to us, and our relationships with animals are a significant part of our lives. The Scriptures show that animals are not of themselves sinners, but are subject to the results of sin— not of their own accord, but because of man's sins. It was human sin, not anything the animals did, that caused God to place a curse on creation, subjecting all living things to eventual death.
That's because God created the first human, Adam, in a position of responsibility over the world. Man was given the choice to choose sin or righteousness, the lesser animals were not given this choice. When Adam disobeyed God, he did so as the head of humanity and the world.
The animals had been put under the protection and dominion of man. This is why the consequences of sin, including death, came not just upon Adam, but upon his descendants and the whole earth.
God has shown in His Word that animals are an important part of His Creation, and once the Curse is lifted, we will see even more characteristics of God in the animals. The playfulness, love, and devotion in the pets we have had, communicate the beauty of, God, their Maker.
Some of the following is noted in one of Moira Allen's, pet articles ..... The Christian concept of heaven is inextricably linked with the concepts of salvation, redemption, and resurrection. Christians don't believe that "going to heaven" happens automatically; it's the result of conscious decisions made during one's life. While the Bible is very specific about the requirements for human salvation, it says nothing about salvation for animals..... However..... the Bible states that redemption is "necessary" for humans, ..... because, in scriptural terms, humans are "fallen" beings. Humans have free will, and thus the ability to choose between good and evil. Humans can choose salvation (and heaven), or choose to reject both.
Animals, have never "fallen" -- and if one has not fallen, it is not at all clear that the intermediary step of "redemption" is necessary. Animals cannot "choose" between good and evil; when animals behave badly in our homes, it is generally because of a conflict between their God-given natures and our human requirements. Animals have no need to be saved because they are not considered "sinners." This doesn't mean that we can necessarily assume that because animals have no "sin," they are automatically received into heaven. What it does mean is that the whole issue of "redemption" simply doesn't apply. Whether animals go to heaven or not, the question of "redemption" is not the basis for letting them in -- or keeping them out.
What do you believe Heaven is like? If you ask this question of most people, you're likely to get a description of a glorious garden, filled with beautiful trees and radiant flowers, with sparkling waters and soft breezes. Very few people imagine heaven as some sort of giant, sterile concrete parking lot, devoid of life. We base our image of heaven on the beauties of the creation that is Earth.
Does your garden have birds singing in those heavenly trees? Do butterflies flit among the divine flowers? Just as we can't imagine a heaven without plants, neither can we imagine one without animals. ... there are animals in heaven. And if it is... possible to encounter heavenly dogs and heavenly cats amongst those heavenly flowers and trees, then perhaps... one of those might be your heavenly dog, or my heavenly cat.
Your favorite Koi Fish may already be swimming in one of the lovely ponds or brooks.
Just as humans are redeemed through the love of God, pets may possibly be "redeemed" through our love. Corinthians speaks of the sanctification of a household through an individual; while it may be stretching a point to suppose that this household might include pets, it's not a completely illogical stretch.
"For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy." 1 Corinthians 7:14
God uses pets to help humans learn about love. From pets, we learn mercy, compassion, patience, and understanding, and we also learn what it means to receive unconditional love. Our pets offer us companionship, devotion, amusement, and joyful delight. God meant for them to add pleasure and fulfillment to our lives. Animals are one of the "good gifts" God has given to us!
Many of the world’s Christian scholars and ministers such as Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Wesley, Dr. Andrew Linzey, St. Francis of Assisi, Dr. Albert Schweitzer, Randy Alcorn, Jack Van Impe, and many others, support the belief that our animals have a place in Heaven.
Jesus filled his teachings with references to animals. His promise in Matthew and Luke that not even a sparrow falls to earth without God’s knowing it subtly but powerfully suggests what every grieving pet owner feels: God refuses to forget a single one of his creatures, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant.
"Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows." Matthew 10:29-31
Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows. Luke 12:6-7
Luke makes the same point as Matthew about the "value" of sparrows and men. What is being said is not that God foreordained or willed (or permitted) the sparrows to fall, but rather that when even something as seemingly insignificant as the death of a sparrow occurs, God takes note and is moved because something of value has been lost.
Thus it seems fair to paraphrase Christ’s meaning as follows: We (humans) may think sparrows are not very precious. But they are so precious to God that not one of them falls to the ground without His notice. And you are of much more value than many sparrows. So don’t be afraid; if God is that concerned with sparrows, think how much more He loves and cares for you!
As Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 13:12, "For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face; now I know in part; but then I shall know [fully] even as also I am known." What we do not know now, we will know then; what we do not understand now, we will understand then.
How Can We Know That We'll Go To Heaven?
Author of the Book "Heaven", Randy Alcorn, explains that
Heaven isn't our "default destination" and that specific preparation
must be made if we are to safely arrive in Heaven.
A recent poll indicated that for every American who believes he or she is going to Hell, there are 120 who believe they're going to Heaven.
This optimism stands in stark contrast to Jesus words written in the Bible:
"Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few." Matthew 7:13-14
The truth is that according to the Bible we don't automatically go to Heaven.
In fact, Hell - not Heaven - is our default destination.
Unless our sin problem is solved once and for all, we can't enter Heaven.
That's the bad news.
But once that's straight in our minds we're ready to hear the good news of Jesus Christ -
Jesus took upon himself, on the cross, the Hell we deserve so that
we could experience for Eternity the Heaven we don't deserve!
The Only Two Options
There are two possible destinations when we die
Heaven or Hell.
Can we really know in advance where we'll go?
John, one of the writers of the Bible, said this:
"I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God
that you may know that you have eternal life" (1 John 5:13).
We can know for sure that we'll go to Heaven when we die. Do you?
To sin means to fall short of God's holy standards.
Sin is what ended Eden's paradise.
And all of us, like Adam and Eve, are sinners.
"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23).
Sin separates us from a relationship with God (Isaiah 59:2).
Sin deceives us and makes us think that wrong is right and right is wrong (Proverbs 14:12).
Sin has terrible consequences, but God has provided a solution:
"For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life
in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 6:23).
Jesus Christ, the Son of God, loved us so much that he became a man to deliver us from our sin. "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16).
He came to identify with us in our humanity and our weakness, but he did so without being tainted by our sin, self-deception, and moral failings (Hebrews 4:15-16).
Jesus died on the cross as the only one worthy to pay the penalty for our sins demanded by the holiness of God:
"For our sake He (God) made Him (Jesus) to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God."
(2 Corinthians 5:21)
But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed. (Isaiah 53: 5)
When Christ died on the cross for us, he said, "It is finished" (John 19:30). In those times "It is finished" was commonly written across certificates of debt when they were canceled. It meant "Paid in full."
Christ died so that the certificate of debt, consisting of all our sins, could once and for all be marked "Paid in full."
"But God raised Jesus from the grave, defeating sin's consequences and
conquering death." (1 Corinthians 15:3-4, 54-57)
The Critical Decision
Only when our sins are dealt with in Christ can we enter Heaven.
We cannot pay our own way. Jesus said
"No one comes to the Father except through me" (John 14:6).
"There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven
given among men by which we must be saved" (Acts 4:12).
Because of Jesus Christ's sacrificial death on the cross on our behalf,
God freely offers us forgiveness.
To be forgiven, we must recognize and repent
of our sins. Forgiveness is not automatic.
It's conditioned upon confession:
"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9).
Christ offers to everyone the gifts of forgiveness, salvation, and eternal life.
"Let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price" (Revelation 22:17).
There's no righteous deed we can do that will earn us a place in Heaven (Titus 3:5).
We come to Christ empty-handed. We can take no credit for salvation.
"For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast" (Ephesians 2:8-9).
This gift cannot be worked for, earned, or achieved.
It's dependent solely on Christ's generous sacrifice on our behalf.
Now is the time to make things right with God.
Confess your sinfulness and accept the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on your behalf.
You are made for a person and a place.
Jesus is the person, and Heaven is the place.
They are a package-they come together.
You cannot get Heaven without Jesus or Jesus without Heaven.
"Seek the Lord while He may be found; call upon Him while He is near" (Isaiah 55:6).
For all Eternity you'll be glad you did.
If you understand what God has done to make
forgiveness and eternal life possible for you,
you may want to express it in words like these:
Dear Lord Jesus,
I confess that I do not measure up to Your perfect standards.
I know You died for me, and that Your Precious Blood that flowed at Calvary, was shed to cleanse me. I accept it Jesus, I accept You in my heart this day as my Savior, and I ask You to forgive me of all my sins, and help me to walk daily in Your steps as I study Your Word, and strive to learn Your ways of righteousness. I thank You for Your forgiveness and Your gift of Eternal Life, and I place my trust in You as my Savior.
I pray this in Your Holy Name, Jesus Christ.
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