Greeting in Heaven

Who will be there to greet us when we get to heaven?

Thank you for your question. The Bible doesn’t mention anyone welcoming us into heaven other than Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:11). However, perhaps your question relates to several others that I have received lately about what heaven will be like. Readers often ask whether or not we will know each other in heaven, and specifically whether or not we will still be married to our earthly spouses.

The Bible is not definitive about what our relationships with others will be like in heaven. The best passage that we have on this is probably Matthew 22:23-33 where Christ is answering a question from the Pharisees concerning the afterlife for a woman who had multiple husbands on earth. In verse 30, Jesus says, “For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven.” This implies that people in heaven will know each other, but they won’t have the same relationships, such as marriage.

I believe that our existence in heaven will be overpowered by God’s glory Revelation 4:9-11). We will be so awe-struck by being in the very presence of God, that we will somehow not even be too concerned with others.

Thanks,

Owen

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