December 03, 2008

Q and A 2.0 Revisited: #17--Will I Know You in Heaven?


Will we recognize our family and loved ones in heaven, or will we just be random, generic people?


This is one of those questions that the Bible doesn’t answer directly, but we can sort of infer an answer from a few different passages.

First of all, the focus of heaven is not seeing our friends and family. There will be an eternity for that. The primary focus of heaven is worshiping God and enjoying the fullness of His presence. If you wonder whether you will be able to do that or not, don’t worry. When you are in the presence of God in a state of glory and perfection, it will be the most natural thing you can do.

But what does the Bible say about this?

As we saw in an earlier question, David said that he would go to his infant son who had died. In Luke 16:19-31, in the story of the rich man and the beggar, Lazarus, the rich man recognized Abraham.

1 John 3:2 tells us that when Jesus appears, “we shall be like him; for we shall see Him as He is.”

1 Corinthians 15:44-49 talks about what our bodies will be like at the resurrection: “It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body…The first man (Adam) was of the dust of the earth, the second man (Jesus) from heaven…and just as we have born the likeness of the earthly man, so shall we bear the likeness of the man from heaven.”

Our earthly bodies are just like Adam’s, so our heavenly bodies will be like Jesus. Jesus was recognized by the disciples in his glorified or heavenly body, so it would make sense that we would recognize each other.

Now, which body will we have? I’m not sure. I’m hoping for 21 year-old Jay. I had my hair like I liked it, was at the perfect weight, you know...the height of my physical presence!

Being able to see our loved ones is a great part of heaven; but, the best part is being in the presence of God, and keeping in mind that whatever the plan is for eternity, it is right, it is good, and we will love it.

Next, we'll take a look at what we're going to do in heaven. Check out all of the Q and A series here.

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