(Will We Know Each Other In Heaven?) Bible Question
“Some friends and I were discussing knowing one another in heaven. But we will have a new body, and the Bible says there will be no reuniting of spouses, nor giving in marriage. So, will we know each other in heaven, or not?”
This is a question that has long plagued those who are Christians. There is a not a “clear-cut” passage of Scripture that answers it. However, there are many passages that relate to it. The rich man in the story Jesus told in Luke 16 knew Lazarus after his death. And he knew Abraham – even though he had never met him in this life. Maybe that is the key to understanding this matter. I just cannot conceive of people in heaven going around introducing themselves to each other. We will obviously know Jesus, and it seems to me we will also know Moses and Peter and Paul.
Jesus was asked a question by those who did not believe in a resurrection. They proposed the supposed case of a woman whose husband died. She married his next oldest brother, and he died. And so on to seven. They asked,
“at the resurrection, whose wife will she be of the seven, since all of them were married to her?” Jesus replied, “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God. At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven.”
– Matthew 22:28 – 30 (New International Version)
Notice that this passage does not say there will be marriage in heaven – it says they will not marry nor be given in marriage. Frankly, based on this passage and others, I have no idea what the relationship of a husband and wife on earth will be when they get to heaven. That is God’s business.
We will not have physical bodies in heaven. . .
“So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.
If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit. The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual.”
– 1 Corinthians 15:42 – 46
It is clear that the “natural body” in this passage is talking about the physical body. But if we don’t have physical bodies, then how will we recognize one another? I don’t know the answer to that. But I am convinced that we will recognize each other, including people whom we never knew in this life.