Questions from the New Testament Will We Recognize Each Other in Heaven– (Part 27 in a series) 1 Corinthians 13:9-12
Questions from the New Testament
Will We Recognize Each Other in Heaven– (Part 27 in a series)
1 Corinthians 13:9-12
Today we conclude answering the question that we started looking at a couple of weeks ago
from 1 Corinthians 13:9-12, “Will we recognize each other in heaven?” During these weeks we have
seen that the word of God implies that we will know each other. We saw that the disciples knew
Moses and Elijah without any introduction, and we looked at seven aspects of heaven that point to
the answer to this question. Today we will see three more answers to this question.
The first answer comes from looking at what Paul has to say about the subject. Paul anticipates
that we will know each other in heaven. Several times in his writings Paul tells us that the joy of
heaven will be increased by the presence of his many friends, and especially of those whom he had
the great joy and privilege of winning to Christ. 2 Corinthians 1:13-14 states, “For we are not writing
any other things to you than what you read or understand. Now I trust you will understand, even to
the end (as also you have understood us in part), that we are your boast as you also are ours, in the
day of the Lord Jesus.” Then in 1 Thessalonians 2:19 Paul says, “For what is our hope, or joy, or
crown of rejoicing? Is it not even you in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming?” I do
not believe that he would write these things if he did not firmly believe that there would be a
mutual recognition in heaven.
The second answer to see today is “the hope of Christ’s return ensures that we will recognize
each other.” We see this in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. Paul wrote this comforting letter to the
Thessalonian Christians because some of their loved ones had died. These young Christians were
concerned to know whether they would meet and recognize them again beyond the grave.
Paul wrote to assure them of the exact thing that would happen when the Lord returned: “the
dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together
with them…and so we will be with the Lord forever…Therefore encourage each other with these
words.” So, yes, we shall be together with our loved ones. There would be little comfort in
anticipation if it meant that being together, we would not know or recognize them!
The third answer is “the recognition of Christ settles the question” that we will know each other
in heaven. The answer is found in a couple of scriptures in 1 Corinthians 15 (verse 6 and in verse
20). We also see in Philippians 3:21 where it says, “who will transform our lowly body that it may
be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all
things to Himself.”
As believers, we are going to have a body “like his glorious body,” and just as He was recognized
in His resurrection body so shall we be in ours. Therefore, yes, the redeemed will recognize each
other in heaven.
Again, I hope and pray that this will help you in answering the question of whether we will
know each other in heaven. I would also like to invite you to come and worship with us at First
Baptist Church Timpson. We have worship service each Sunday morning at 10:45am. If you are not
able to join us in person, you can always watch us on Facebook live from our Facebook page (First
Baptist Church-Timpson). If you need us, you can always reach out to us at 936-254-2220 or
through our email @ email@example.com.
Bro. W Dee Daniel