A husband will certainly recognize his wife in heaven. Many people have the misconception that heaven will be very impersonal. The Bible reveals exactly the opposite. Although the former troubles and sorrows will be erased from the mind, we certainly will know each other. Jesus said that “many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 8:11). This indicates that the redeemed will certainly recognize each other.
In 1 Corinthians 13:12, we read, “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.” The word “know” here means: To, know fully, recognize, acknowledge, and understand. Now we can only discern things at a great distance, as through a telescope; but hereafter the things to be known will be near and obvious, open to our eyes; and our knowledge will be free from all obscurity and error. We shall know how we are known and enter into all the mysteries of divine love and grace.
In our present condition, even though we have partial, obscure, dim knowledge; yet we can still experience joy in the beauty of the plan that God has made for the redemption and glorification of man. In heaven, that which has been obscured will be removed and the things that have puzzled men will be made plain; knowledge will increase, and with the increase of knowledge will come ever-increasing joy.
The apostle Paul writes, “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him” (1 Corinthians 2:9). Not even in its wildest dreams can the mind of man begin to understand the wonders of God’s eternal kingdom.
In His service,