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WILL WE KNOW AND RECOGNIZE OUR LOVED ONES IN HEAVEN?

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Sermon shared by William D. Brown

April 2010
Summary: It really would be a sad situation if we didn’t know our friends and loved ones in Heaven, all of us have loved ones that have passed and gone on to be with the Lord, and those of us that are saved are looking forward to be
Denomination: Baptist
Audience: General adults

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But lets get back to our subject today, ~will we know our loved ones when we get to heaven~
We have already read many passages that assure us that we will know not only our loved ones, but we’ll also know every body else there, I mean after all, are we not brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus, we all have at this present time the same Heavenly Father, we have a Hugh Family.
I don’t have any earthly brothers, I do have one sister, but the Great Heavenly Family that we that are saved belong to is Hugh. Why do you think we use the term “brother so and so or sister so and so?”

And you know what, the biggest part of the Family has already departed and is now with the Lord, we that are still here are swiftly closing in on that final number, God the Father knows the very number that it will take to make up the Lords True Church, and we’re surely about there, after all the True Church was born on the day of Pentecost, over 2000 years ago, so it surely can’t be to for away.
Listen as I read 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
13But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. 14For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 15For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 16For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 18Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
To understand what these verses are telling us and them, we need to understand that the believers there in Thessalonica were concerned that their loved ones that had died since Paul had been away might be hopelessly dead and gone because the Lord didn’t return in their life time.
Paul had been telling the Church at Thessalonica about the rapture of the Church and then he left for a time to go about his missionary travels, Silas and Timothy brought the concerns to Paul from the Thessalonians to do with their departed loved ones, and Paul sent them this letter to comfort them. Now it wouldn’t be very comforting to the Thessalonians or to you and I, if we thought that we’d never see our loved ones again.
Paul is saying: ’No, it’s not the end, for when Christ comes the dead in Christ shall rise first, and then we that are alive and remain will be caught up together with them to meet the Lord in the air.’
What comfort would that truth be if these words didn’t mean that these troubled believers would not see & recognize their loved ones who had died in Christ? How would they know if they were OK if they are unrecognizable at the rapture of the True Church?
These words wouldn’t make any scčne at all if we’d never see them again. The comfort of reunion makes no scents without mutual recognition!
Yes we will know and recognize our loved ones in heaven.
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