Will We Know Each Other In Heaven?
A subscriber to my blog recently wrote to ask me that question after we shared with each other some feelings about our loved ones’ dying. I’ve been asked this question before, so I know others often wonder about being able to recognize our dead friends and relatives once we enter into Heaven ourselves. I do believe we will know and fellowship with each other in Heaven, although these relationships will be so different from what we experienced here on earth because they will not be tainted by the blackness of our sin nature, they will not be marred by our emotional weaknesses and they will not be limited by our lack of intellectual understanding and discernment. In other words, our relationships with each other in Heaven will be just perfect!
Here are some Scriptural reasons I believe we can count on knowing each other in Heaven. In Genesis, each time one of these men died, it is noted, “he was gathered to his people.” When David’s child died (2 Samuel 12:23), he said, “I will go to him.” These were words to give comfort, and they wouldn’t have comforted if there was to be no recognition of each other in Heaven. In the New Testament, there is the enlightening account of Jesus being transfigured (or showing a little bit of His pre-incarnate glory) before His disciples (Luke 9). Moses and Elijah arrived from Heaven to talk to Jesus about His upcoming death, and the disciples easily knew who these men were. I believe they “knew” in the same way we shall “know” each other in Heaven. Paul mentions in several of his letters that he looked forward to seeing those who were his converts in Heaven.
Besides our loved ones, we will also share our Heavenly lives with the millions of other believers who are called the “children of God” (John 1:12). These descriptive words were chosen by God to paint the picture of Heaven as a family setting, to paint the picture of Heaven as a place of relationships. Paul says we will “be at home with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8). So, yes, I believe we will recognize those we have known on earth, and we will also know those whom we had never met while in this earthly life because we will all be in a perfect relationship with the One who brought us all together as a family.
“Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” (1 Corinthians 13:12)