A question of absorbing interest to every thoughtful person is, “Shall we know each other in heaven?” Whatever God has revealed on the subject of heaven, he has done so with the intent of intensifying man’s desire to go there. This article is not written to just satisfy an idle curiosity or to submit speculative ideas on this subject, but to discover what God has revealed on the matter. There are several reasons for believing that we shall know each other in heaven.
Some have argued that if we know each other in heaven, then heaven would become a sad place if it was discovered that a loved one was not there. That line of reasoning does not eliminate the difficulty, for then we would not know if anybody we love is there. Somehow, we manage to experience joy on earth in spite of the fact that we know loved ones who are in a lost condition spiritually. Even though some of our loved ones on earth will not be in heaven, surely we will experience untold joy on the other shore when God “shall wipe away every tear” (Revelation 21:4).
The doctrine of future recognition is grounded in hope, sustained by faith, and shall be realized when this life is completed.