Dear 1 Corinthians 10:31,
I’m glad that you liked my post. I just wanted to address your questions. But with one caveat, I’m writing this with a pro-animal bias. Please bear that in mind when you decide if my interpretation of scripture is correct. You asked if animals will get immortal bodies and what will happen to the animals not owned by us?
The effect of an owner’s faith on an animal
We already know that the faith Noah exercised by building the Ark saved the lives of countless animals. There may be a principle here, but we need to be careful not to take it too far. You may remember that during the time of the plagues in Egypt, even the firstborn of animals were killed by plague – except for the animals owned by the Hebrews that were consecrated to God. Exodus 12:12-13; Exodus 13:2. I don’t think I can guarantee that all animals living with or owned by Christians will be saved, but there may be some hope. “And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” Acts 16:31. Remember that the Hebrews took their animals with them during the exodus. (Exodus 12:38.) And when the Ninevites repented they even put sackcloth on their livestock (Jonah 7:7-11). As a result God showed mercy on their livestock. “And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than sixscore thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle?” Jonah 4:11.
I must admit that I pray for God’s mercy on my pets and a few feral cats and wildlife that I’ve come across. If you see me in heaven with a menagerie of animals, then you will know that He granted my prayers.
Consider the lilies
We know that God provides for animals in this life. It they are worthy of His of consideration now – and we know that He does not change – they will still be worthy of His consideration in the next age. “Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?” Matthew 6:25-30. If God takes care of His creation now, we can rest assured that He will take care of all His creation in eternity. I don’t think that any will be left out. Clearly animals are important to God, he had Adam name all the animals (Genesis 2:19-20.) and he created man to be responsible for them (Genesis 1:26.).
Expectation of immortal bodies
I really think that Romans 8:20-25 shows that all created things have the expectation or hope of immortal bodies, but only after we receive our new bodies. “For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.”
God cares for His creation and that includes animals. I think we can hold onto that truth. I think we are going to be pleasantly surprised by the types of friends who will share eternity with us.
– Lisa Taylor