A question was posed to me...."Will we remember our lives hear on earth and recognize our loved one in Heaven"? I read a few books on this subject after my Papaw died and I have to say with confidence Yes will remember and will run with joy to embrace our babies and families that have gone to heaven before us.
One example that comes to my mind from scripture is the rich man and Lazarus. They both remembered their lives on earth and the people involved in them
There was a certain rich man, who was clothed in purple and fine linen; and feasted sumptuously every day. And there was a certain beggar, named Lazarus, who lay at his gate, full of sores, Desiring to be filled with the crumbs that fell from the rich man's table, and no one did give him; moreover the dogs came, and licked his sores.
And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom. And the rich man also died: and he was buried in hell. And lifting up his eyes when he was in torments, he saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom:
And he cried, and said: Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, to cool my tongue: for I am tormented in this flame.
And Abraham said to him: Son, remember that thou didst receive good things in thy lifetime, and likewise Lazarus evil things, but now he is comforted; and thou art tormented. And besides all this, between us and you, there is fixed a great chaos: so that they who would pass from hence to you, cannot, nor from thence come hither.
And he said: Then, father, I beseech thee, that thou wouldst send him to my father's house, for I have five brethren, That he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torments.
And Abraham said to him: They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.
But he said: No, father Abraham: but if one went to them from the dead, they will do penance.
And he said to him: If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they believe, if one rise again from the dead.
CLEARLY Lazarus remembers AND EVEN LOVES AND HAS COMPASSION FOR HIS LOVED ONES.
I Want to share this passage from the book HEAVEN by Randy Alcon he uses scripture to lay out why we will know our loved one in heaven.
In heaven, both in the intermediate state and on the New Earth, we will know each other, including those we knew on earth. Here’s some evidence:
1. Heaven will not reduce our mental capacities, but sharpen them (1 Cor. 13:12). We will not be dumber in heaven, but smarter. Scripture gives no indication of a “memory wipe” that will cause us not to recognize our loved ones and others we’ve known. If we wouldn’t know our loved ones, the consolation of afterlife reunion in 1 Thes. 4:14-18 would be nonexistent.
2. After his resurrection, Jesus was not recognized at first on a few occasions (John 20:15; Luke 24:15-16), suggesting some change in appearance. After being with him awhile, his disciples suddenly recognized him (John 20:16; Luke 24:31). This suggests that despite any outer appearance change, the inner identity of the person may shine through, especially to eyes enlightened by heaven.
3. In Matt.17:1-4, at the transfiguration, Moses and Elijah were recognized by the disciples, even though they weren’t told who they were, and they couldn’t have previously known what they looked like. This may suggest we could recognize instantly people we know of but have not previously met, perhaps as a result of individual personality emanating through their physical appearance.
4. Even apart from the direct indications of Scripture cited above and below, it would logically follow that we would know our loved ones in heaven. We will know some we didn’t know on earth—but surely we will still know all those we did! We don’t lose knowledge in heaven—we gain it! The nature of love itself is abiding in a way that transcends death (1 Cor. 13:13). While we will no doubt lose interest in and choose not to recall many things that attracted us on earth, the shared experience of loving relationships forges a camaraderie parallel to that of soldiers who have served together in the trenches, and who never forget what they experienced together in that foreign land called earth.
For more information on the subject of Heaven, see Randy Alcorn’s book Heaven.
additional scriptures to support the ideal of knowing each other in Heaven.
- We will give an account of all the days of our life in heaven (2 Cor. 5:10; Matt. 12:36) How could we account for things we do not remember?
- Also in heaven Jesus will comfort those that have suffered. why would He need to comfort what we do not remember(Luke 16:25)
- There is rejoicing in heaven over a sinner that repents (Luke 15:7). How could they rejoice if they did not know what was going on ?
- Moses and Elijah came to earth from heaven at the transfiguration, they were still themselves and clearly went back to heaven with the memory of their lives and what had happened (Luke 9:31)
- The martyrs in heaven clearly remember what happened to them on earth (Rev. 6:9-11) I think we will be joyfully surprised in Heaven that it will be much like Earth only without pain, sorrow or suffering.
All the good things will remain and certainty the BEST thing is relationships we have formed on earth. It is not the character of Jesus to take those relationships away . He valued relationship and died to have fellowship with us. To Fellowship we will need to Know each other and the wonderful things we did to help each other.
How I look forward to that day all the more knowing my sweet son Jonathan is there waiting. Someday with outstretched arms I will run to him recognize him and Love him. The pain of the life we lived on Earth will melt into the Glory of our love for Jesus and each other and all will be perfect.
Until that day my Lord, I keep my eyes fixed on you, the author and finisher of my faith. Thank you Jesus for the hope of Heaven!
Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrew 12:2
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