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Summary: This message addresses the question of whether we will know who our loved ones are in heaven.

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MAIN THOUGHT:

“WE WILL KNOW EACH OTHER, EVEN THOUGH SOME SIGNIFICANT CHANGES WILL HAVE TAKEN PLACE.”

- We will be dealing with the two major parts of that statement separately.

FIRST PART:

- “WE WILL KNOW EACH OTHER. . .”

1. I will know as I am known.

- 1 Corinthians 13:12 (“face to face”).

- Also see v. 10 (“in part will be done away”).

- We will have full knowledge of each other. (I.e. no problem with names.)

2. The disciples recognized Moses and Elijah.

- Matthew 17:1-8; Mark 9:2-8; Luke 9:28-36.

- Apparently the disciples knew who they were even without introductions.

3. David anticipated seeing his child again.

- 2 Samuel 12:23.

- Note that he anticipated seeing that specific person again.

4. Memory of “who you were” is necessary for judgment.

- Matthew 12:36, 41-42; Matthew 25:31-46.

SECOND PART:

- “. . . EVEN THOUGH SOME SIGNIFICANT CHANGES WILL HAVE TAKEN PLACE.”

1. It is “not yet revealed” exactly what we will be.

- 1 John 3:2.

2. We will not have the “fallen” body we had on earth.

- 1 Corinthians 15:42-53.

3. We will not be grouped in the “families” we are now in.

- Matthew 22:23-33; Mark 12:18-27; Luke 20:27-40.

- For some this is a major concern because we like to think of “being married” to each other for eternity. This is a sentimental idea that has no basis in Scripture. Scripture points us to something far better. That is point #4. . .

4. Our primary relationship will be with Jesus.

- Revelation 19:7-9; Revelation 21:2; John 3:29; Ephesians 5:25-27.


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