Will We Recognize Each Other In Heaven?

“Aren’t you the speaker on the Bible Auditorium of the Air broadcast over WHN?” The question startled me, for, after all, New York City has several million people, and out of all those millions how could the operator of a newsstand recognize me when I had merely asked for the evening paper?

“Oh, I listen to you every day,” he explained, “and as soon as you opened your mouth I knew who you were.”

Riding on a crowded subway another day I had a similar experience – I was recognized by my voice.

The Word of God suggests that in heaven we shall be known as we are known her in this life, possibly by those same characteristics which identify us here, such as our voices, and mannerisms; perhaps even our glorified bodies may retain at least some resemblance to our earthly ones.

Paul asserts, “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.” I Corinthians 13:12.

Peter, James and John recognized Moses and Elijah in their glorified bodies as they beheld them on the Mount of Transfiguration. In fact , they talked together. The story of this experience is found in Matthew 17:1-8.

Jesus, after His resurrection, in his glorified body, was recognized by Mary. “Jesus said to her, “Why are you weeping? Who is it you are looking for?” Thinking it was the gardener, she said, “If it is you, sir, who removed him, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” Jesus said, “Mary!” She turned to him and said, Rabbuni!” (which is Hebrew for “My master”) John 20:15, 16, NEB.

The disciples on the way to Emmaus also recognised Christ after His resurrection. Could it have been by the manner in which He said grace? ” And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them. And their eyes were opened, and they knew him. And their eyes were opened, and they knew him.” Luke 24:30,31.

What it will be about us that people will recognise us by will probably vary from person to person. But whatever it will be, people will know us.

I am glad that in that better land we will recognise one another – our loved ones and friends who will be there. Indeed, “then shall I know even as also I am known.

-Robert Pierson.

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