Summary: Our Family and friends in heaven.
1Cor. 13:12 “Will We Know Our Loved Ones in Heaven”
1COR 13:12 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.
Into: The mystery of the resurrection has always fascinated men.
There has always been people who do not believe in a resurrection.
Then there are those who believe in a ‘spiritual’ resurrection
which eliminates all thought of a literal body. Then even among
those who believe in a literal bodily resurrection there are those
who cannot believe that we retain our individual identity. Let’s
examine the Bible for the answer.
1. The certainty of The Resurrection.
A. Jesus clearly stated this truth.
JN 5:25 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the
dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.
JN 5:28 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the
graves shall hear his voice,
JN 5:29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of
life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.
LK 14:14 And thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou
shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.
B. The Old Testament Saints hoped for it.
JOB 14:13 Oh that thou wouldest hide me in Sheol, That thou wouldest keep me
secret, until thy wrath be past, That thou wouldest appoint me a set time, and
JOB 14:14 If a man die, shall he live `again’? All the days of my warfare would I
wait, Till my release should come.
JOB 14:15 Thou wouldest call, and I would answer thee: Thou wouldest have a
desire to the work of thy hands.
IS 26:19 Thy dead shall live; my dead bodies shall arise. Awake and sing, ye that
dwell in the dust; for thy dew is `as’ the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast forth
DAN 12:2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some
to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.
PS 17:15 As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied,
when I awake, with thy likeness.
C. Paul Clarified it.
1COR 15:12 Now if Christ is preached that he hath been raised from the dead, how
say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?
1COR 15:13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, neither hath Christ been
1COR 15:14 and if Christ hath not been raised, then is our preaching vain, your
faith also is vain.
1COR 15:15 Yea, we are found false witnesses of God; because we witnessed of
God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead are not
1COR 15:16 For if the dead are not raised, neither hath Christ been raised:
1COR 15:17 and if Christ hath not been raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your
1COR 15:18 Then they also that are fallen asleep in Christ have perished.
1COR 15:19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most
1COR 15:20 But now hath Christ been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of them
that are asleep.
II. The Characteristics of Those Resurrected.
A. It will be a Body.[1cor. 15:35-44]
B. It will be a Glorious body.
PHIL 3:20 For our citizenship is in heaven; whence also we wait for a Saviour, the
Lord Jesus Christ:
PHIL 3:21 who shall fashion anew the body of our humiliation, `that it may be’
conformed to the body of His glory, according to the working whereby He is able
even to subject all things unto Himself.
1JN 3:2 Beloved, now are we children of God, and it is not yet made manifest what
we shall be. We know that, if He shall be manifested, we shall be like Him; for we
shall see Him even as He is.
C. It will be a Known body.
MT 12:41 The men of Nineveh shall stand up in the judgment with this generation,
and shall condemn it: for they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and behold, a
greater than Jonah is here.
MT 12:42 The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this
generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the ends of the earth to hear
the wisdom of Solomon; and behold, a greater than Solomon is here.
III. The Criteria for the First Resurrection.
A. First a person must know Jesus Christ as Saviour.