Friday, April 18, 2014

Will I recognize my loved ones in Heaven?

Mankind has always pondered what eternity will be like. The Bible only gives the reader limited information about the afterlife. Oftentimes individuals will ask questions that the Bible does not answer (many of these questions are about Heaven and Hell). One common question is: “Will I recognize my loved ones in Heaven?”.

Yes, there are numerous passages of Scripture that seem to show that individuals keep their identity and appearance in the afterlife.  Here are a few examples.

The Transfiguration
Six days later Jesus took with Him Peter and James and John his brother, and led them up on a high mountain by themselves. And He was transfigured before them; and His face shone like the sun, and His garments became as white as light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him. Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, I will make three tabernacles here, one for You, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” (Matthew 17:1-4)
Moses and Elijah appeared next to Jesus upon the Mount of Transfiguration. Peter is able to recognize these two Old Testament figures.

God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob
“But regarding the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was spoken to you by God: I AM THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, AND THE GOD OF ISAAC, AND THE GOD OF JACOB’? He is not the God of the dead but of the living.”  (Matthew 22:31-32)
Jesus is showing the Sadducees the reality of the resurrection and afterlife. Jesus informs them that Abraham, Isaac and Jacob currently exist as “living”. It would appear that their identity must still be intact. 

Jesus’ Resurrected Body
Although Jesus was God, and He does not operate according to the same rules we often do, His resurrected body serves as an example of what our resurrected bodies may be like. It is clear from Scripture, that after the resurrection, He was recognizable.  In John 20:25 the Disciples tell Thomas “We have seen the Lord!”.

There is a lot of evidence to support the idea that we will recognize each-other in Heaven. 

By Cliff Sabroe - Quotes from NASB95.