Over time I’ve discussed various reasons to think that we’ll have the pleasure of raising kids in the Millennium. For convenience I’ve collected all those reasons and shortened them down, with links to the longer original versions.
The children whom thou shalt have, after thou hast lost the first, shall again in thine ears say: The place is too strait for me; give place to me that I may dwell.
Then shalt thou say in thine heart: Who hath begotten me these, seeing I have lost my children, and am desolate, a captive, and removing to and fro? And who hath brought up these? Behold, I was left alone; these, where have they been?
Thus saith the Lord God: Behold, I will lift up mine hand to the Gentiles, and set up my standard to the people; and they shall bring thy sons in their arms, and thy daughters shall be carried upon their shoulders.
What if Isaiah meant this promise of unexpected posterity literally?
Not everyone will be saved. Some will reject the stewardship God gives them and it must then be that God will then their “bishoprick let another take.” Parenting is a stewardship. Children need to be sealed to somebody.
Imagine coming up on Resurrection Morning, marveling in your new body, and then seeing around you the clean-limbed youths you never knew you had.
In Sunday School we learned two different things about Abraham and the Abrahamic covenant.
We learned that we can have the Abrahamic covenant ourselves. If we are faithful to the temple covenants, for instance, we are promised “a continuation of the seeds forever,” just like Abraham was.
We also learned that part of the covenant is that anyone can become the seed of Abraham through adoption. The lesson relied on Abraham 2:10 , but as usual Christ made the same point blunter and pithier:
And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.
Even I can make a connection when its in front of my face. If God has given us the same covenant that is made to Abraham, will we also find ourselves the unexpected parents of many adopted children?
We don’t perform baptisms on behalf of children who died before the age of eight at any time, even after they reach that age.
Once Christ chose to be baptized, why would anyone want to enter the kingdom through any other gate?
We won’t know for sure until God reveals it, but parents raising children in the millennium might make sense of all this. Suppose that pioneer children and all the other children aren’t resurrected right off, but merely brought back to life—like Lazarus—to be raised by their parents. Vicarious baptisms on their behalf need not be done because they can be baptized in the flesh. These children would get to be obedient, make covenants, and follow Christ’s example by being baptized just like anyone else.
P.S. Only the last post is concerned with what we typically think of as biological children, while the first two posts deal with what we would call adopted children, but I’m not sure the distinction will be so clear in the Millennium.