Question from a reader:
I have been asked recently and have also wondered myself if we will know our loved ones in heaven. Also are there any scriptures to support the answer. It is hard to imagine that the loving relationships we have had with families here on earth will be gone when we get to heaven. I know that we will be so blessed to see the Lord and all that heaven has to offer, but do not want to think this earth will be the end of our knowledge of our loved ones. Thank you for your answer to this important question.
Thank you for your question. 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.