When a loved one is lost in death we ask, Will I hear that loving voice again? Will I recognise father,mother, brothers, or sisters in the next world? There are several ways by which it will be possible to know loved ones in heaven.
1. Do we know what people in heaven will be like?
“Beloved,now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him,for we shall see Him as He is.” 1 John 3:2.
2. What kind of bodies will the righteous have?
“For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 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.”Philippians 3:20, 21.
3. Did Christ have a real body after He passed through death?
Read Luke 24:36-43
NOTE: There are three positive proofs Jesus had a real body after He was resurrected. First, the disciples could see Him. Second, they could touch Him. Third, He ate food in their presence. Since the righteous are to be like Jesus when He returns it is clear they will have real tangible bodies. Read Romans 8:11, 23. Just as Christ was recognised after having passed through death the righteous can expect the same kind of recognition.
4. How did Mary recognise Jesus on the morning of His resurrection?
Read John 20:11-16. When Jesus spoke her name Mary knew Him by His voice.
5. How did the disciples recognise Christ?
Read John 20:19, 20, 26-29. They knew Him by His appearance – He looked the same. All imperfections will disappear but this will not do away with the personal identity.
6. How else was Christ known?
Read Luke 24:13-35. “He was known to them in the breaking of bread.” It was His habit to raise His hands as He blessed the food.
The Bible makes it plain that our identity will not be lost in the kingdom of heaven. ““For as the new heavens and the new earth which I will make shall remain before Me,” says the Lord,“So shall your descendants and your name remain.”” Isaiah66:22. Read Matthew 8:11. We will also know many in heaven we have not met on earth. Mark 9:2-5 tells about Peter, James, and John recognising Moses and Elijah on the mount of transfiguration and yet that had never met them before. We will know people even better than we know them here. Read 1 Corinthians 13:9-12. Jesus said, “And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.” John 6:40.