WILL WE RECOGNIZE OUR LOVED ONES IN HEAVEN?

One of our most anticipated desires for heaven, is the ability to reunite with loved ones in Christ, who have gone before us. What does the Bible say about our ability to recognize our loved ones in heaven? A look at 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 is helpful in answering this question. The apostle Paul addresses what will happen when Jesus returns for his followers. He begins with stating, “Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope.” (v. 13) The believer can look at the afterlife with hope. Paul clearly expresses believers will reunite with those who have preceded us in death: “After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.” (v. 17) There would be little reason for joy at this time if we could not recognize one another in our heavenly bodies. Paul encourages believers with the rapture, the resurrection, and the reunion of believers.

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