Eternity, Judgment, Heaven and Hell

Shall We Know One Another In Heaven?

The scriptures do not answer that question directly. But indirectly they make it most probable that we shall.

That its spirit’s being out of the body dose not destroy its personality and identity, is quite evident. When Saul heard the woman of Endor with a "familiar spirit" describe the person she succeeded in calling up for him to communicate with, he "perceived that it was Samuel" (1 Samuel 28:3-15). When the Rich Man and Lazarus of one of Jesus’s narratives died, they were identified in the spirit world (Luke 16:19-31). When Moses, who had been dead for centuries and his body not yet raised from the dead so far as we know, and Elijah, who had been taken to heaven without experiencing death, appeared on the occasion of Jesus’ transfiguration, they were not without recognition (Luke 17:1-8). When the apostle Paul knew a man in Christ caught up in the third heaven, he did not know whether he was in the body of pout of the body (2 Corinthians 12:1-5), which would seem to make no difference as to identifying him. And if there is personal identity and recognition in Hades, as already noted, surely there will be such in heaven. Also, if Moses and Elijah were distinguishable and identifiable at the transfiguration of Christ, surely they will be no less in heaven. And by the same token, surely the same will be true of all occupants of heaven. Also, by the way, Jesus was recognizable in his resurrection body except when he willed it otherwise (See in particular his recognition by "doubting Thomas" (John 20:24-29). And Jesus said that "many shall come from the east and the west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in his kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 8:11) – which surely implies their being identified and known then, and there being camaraderie in heaven.

 There seems to be nothing in the scripture to imply other than that there will be identity in the worlds to come the same as now.

Cecil N. Wright