Will We Know Each Other in Heaven?

February 13, 2005

WILL WE KNOW EACH OTHER IN HEAVEN? by Ray Pritchard Some time back I was asked some very personal questions about heaven. A young boy asked about a schoolmate who died. What if he lived a long time and then died. How would he recognize his friend when he got to heaven? The very next day the question was put the other way. A mother, now advanced in years, talked about the child she lost in infancy many years ago. How would she recognize her daughter in heaven? The Bible does not tell us everything we would like to know about life after death. That lack of information does not lie in any reticence on God’s part, but rather with our own inability to understand the answer. Heaven by definition is a realm unlike the world in which we live. It’s like trying to explain the color green to a blind man. Heaven will make perfect sense to us once we get there. So the Bible doesn’t directly tell us how we will recognize each other in heaven. But I think there are hints that tell us that we will indeed know each other (and all the redeemed for that matter). I Corinthians 13:12 says that “now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.”

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