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We Will Know One Another in Heaven—Part 1

August 12, 2018

After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. Revelation 7:9

The distinct identity of every person in this vast crowd is maintained. They are from every tribe, nation, and language. The distinct individuality of every one of God’s people is preserved. What makes us different no longer divides.

This speaks directly to the question: Will we know one another in heaven? Yes! You will still be you. We will all be like Christ, but each of us will reflect his likeness through our own individuality.

For sure, we will know one another in the resurrection. The disciples knew and recognized Jesus in his resurrection body. But even before Jesus returns and we receive our resurrection bodies, we have good reason to believe that the same will be true of us.

Seven witnesses from the Bible point to our knowing one another in the resurrection, and at least some of them point to believers knowing one another immediately after death.

Witness #1: David and his son
“Now he is dead. Why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he will not return to me” (2 Sam. 12:23).

When King David’s little boy died in infancy, David said, “I shall go to him.” There’s more here than David saying, “I will go to heaven when I die.” He says, “I will go to the boy! I will see him! I will be reunited with him in heaven.” That is a wonderful assurance for every Christian parent who loses a young child.

Have you ever wondered if you will still recognize and know others in heaven?


The Author
Colin Smith

Colin Smith is the senior pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He has authored a number of books, including Heaven, How I Got Here and Heaven, So Near - So Far. Colin is the president and teacher for Unlocking the Bible. Follow him on Twitter.


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