Will we know and recognize one another in heaven?

BibleAsk Team

Some wonder: Will we know and recognize one another in heaven? The redeemed will certainly know and recognize each other in the future kingdom of glory. Many people have the misconception that heaven will be very impersonal. The Bible teaches the opposite. Although the past sorrows will fade away from the mind, we will know each other.

Jesus affirmed this truth when He 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 clearly shows that the redeemed will 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.

Although in our present condition, we have partial, obscure, dim information, 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 Bible declares, “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 human mind start to understand the wonders of God’s future kingdom of peace.

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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