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Reunited in heaven?

Woman hopes to see her husband

Where in the Bible does it say we will be reunited with our loved ones? Will we recognize loved ones in the same relationship as we knew them on earth? My sister, whose husband died at 57, has been told that in heaven she won't be in a husband-and-wife relationship, but she is holding on to the hope that she will see her husband again.

Some texts give us the basics as to how life will be for believers in the world to come: 2 Corinthians 5:1-5, 1 Peter 1:3-9, 1 John 4:7-21, Revelation 7:9-17 and 21:1-7. 1 Corinthians 15:35-57 describes life in the reality of the resurrection where all will be transformed.

Since these promises are made to us as part of Christ's body, the church, they will be shared with others — including those in Christ with whom we have had close relationships in this world. We have no reason to suspect that we won't recognize each other, albeit we will all be in a transformed state.

(Weissenbuehler also answers: "How can congregations honor volunteers such as teachers, choir members and ushers?")


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