13. Will We Know Our Loved Ones in Heaven?
Will we be able to recognize our friends, loved ones, and others in heaven?
Before addressing this question with scripture, I would like for us to just take a minute and think whether or not having the same human emotional feelings (which is inclusive of every emotion; hatred, anger, love, etc.), such as we now experience here on earth today, would actually be a good thing for saints to possess in Heaven.
Pondering the thought of seeing our loved ones in Heaven with us may at first seem pleasing, but how would you feel if a loved one didn’t make it to Heaven?
Have you ever wondered, what if I am not successful in helping to save all my family members? How will I be able to enjoy heaven if those I love now will not be with me and will be suffering for eternity?
When you are born into a family, special bonds are established as you develop. Besides our natural family, however, we have another family if we are born again. God becomes our Father and every other believer is our brother or sister. I have a feeling that our spiritual bonds (our spiritual family) will be much stronger and deeper than the bonds we had with our natural family. According to scripture, it appears that our natural family ties will be loosed at death and replaced (changed) with our new spiritual family ties with God and Christ (Ro 8:11, 16-17, 1Cor 15:51, 1 John 3:2).
If that is the case, the removal of the family ties we held on earth would free us from grief or missing anyone not in heaven with us (Isa 65:17, Rev 21:4). We cannot imagine that happening but we have not yet known and felt and seen what it will be like in eternity. From scripture, we are certain that we will no longer be under the curse of sin, death, or disease. We know that God will wipe away every tear. Paul said; “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.” (1 Corinthians 2:9) One thing is for sure, we can trust that God has this problem worked out.
2Pe 3:10-13 — But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. 11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, 12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? 13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
Rev 21:1-5 — And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. 2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. 4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. 5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
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