By: Douglas M. Williams, Sr.
Every thoughtful person who has suffered in grief because of the death of dear friends and loved ones is interested in this question.
The Bible teaches that we are made in the image of God, and we have an eternal soul (Gen. 1:26-27; 2:7). Death is the separation of the physical body and the spiritual soul (James 2:24). At death the body returns to the dust and the soul to God who gave it (Eccl. 12:7).
Most people believe that there will be recognition after death, and not only is it reasonable, but the Bible teaches it.
The apostle Paul looked forward to associating with fellow Christians in heaven. Paul spoke of Christians as his “joy and crown” (Philippians 4:1), who would bring “rejoicing…In the day of the Lord” (2 Corinthians 1:14).
In 1 Thessalonians 2:10, Paul spoke of Christians as being his hope, joy and cause for rejoicing in the presence of the word at his coming.
In 2 Corinthians 4:14, when Paul tells that God “shall present us with you,” certainly does not sound like they will be strangers.
In Luke 16:19-31, there was recognition of the rich man and Lazarus, and remembrance of their former life.
In 2 Samuel12, David’s son died and he said he could not bring his son back, but he could go to him. Surely this shows that he would know his own son, and his relationship with his own child would be more special than that with other children.
These truths should give us hope and comfort as we prepare for eternity. Preparation is the key in going to heaven along with faithful service to God. Heaven is a prepared place for a prepared people.