We spent some time discussing the fact that we will have work to do and specific responsibilities in Heaven. Since that is so, will we be real, physical people in Heaven? Will we know and recognize one another? Will the part of you that makes you you remain? The answer to all of these questions is a resounding yes, but please don’t take my word for it. Here are some examples from the Bible that support this theory:
In Luke 9:28-36 Jesus was on a mountain top with Peter, James, and John when suddenly He was transformed, and His clothes became dazzling white. I like to think in that moment the glory of Jesus that was on the inside came to the outside.
Two men supernaturally joined Jesus that day: Moses and Elijah. We are given no record of an introduction, but somehow Peter, James and John knew who they were even though they had long been dead. Scripture also says that Moses and Elijah spoke to Jesus concerning what He was about to accomplish in Jerusalem. So, these two men came down from Heaven, they knew Jesus, the three disciples knew them, and Moses and Elijah knew what was about to happen to Jesus (the crucifixion and resurrection). That’s a lot of knowledge!
Lazarus and the Rich Man
In Luke 16, Jesus tells us the story of the rich man and Lazarus. Upon their deaths, the rich man goes to Hades, and Lazarus goes to Abraham’s Bosom where he is comforted. But here, the rich man can see Lazarus. He knows who he is and he knows Abraham. He asks Abraham to send Lazarus to dip his finger in water to cool his tongue. Lazarus has fingers, and the rich man has a tongue; those are pretty specific physical descriptions. He is also aware that he has brothers who are still on Earth who are destined for his same location if something doesn’t change.
The Coming Resurrection
In 1 Thessalonians 4, Paul told us to comfort one another with the truth of a reunion in the sky with the “dead in Christ.” That comfort comes from the fact that we will be reunited with loved ones who have passed on before us. How could that be much of a comfort if we won’t recognize each other?
In II Corinthians 4, Paul said he was looking forward to being reunited with the Corinthians at the resurrection. To me, that sounds like he plans on recognizing them and enjoying their company.
Those are just a few instances in Scripture that leave no doubt in my mind that we will be real, physical people who know and recognize each other in heaven. Scripture gives us no indication of a memory dump! It appears that we won’t have any trouble recognizing each other!
Later, we will discuss the exciting implications of this truth,