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Re: Will you really recognize your loved one in heaven or on the new earth?

If God is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; then those 3 men are living (not in a state of death -- while their bodies sleep, their spirits live). The Lord Jesus said:

"22:30 For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as angels in heaven. 31 But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying, 32 I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living."

A number of times the Bible speaks of the departed as having been gathered to their people. If they were gathered to their people, that suggests mutual recognition.

Here are some sample statements; there are more:

"And Abraham gave up the ghost, and died in a good old age, an old man, and full of years, and was gathered to his people."

"7 And these are the years of the life of Ishmael, a hundred and thirty and seven years. And he gave up the ghost and died, and was gathered unto his people."

"29 And Isaac gave up the ghost, and died, and was gathered unto his people, old and full of days: and Esau and Jacob his sons buried him."

King David had a son who died. David stated "I shall go to him."

"22 And he said, While the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept: for I said, Who knoweth whether Jehovah will not be gracious to me, that the child may live? 23 But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he will not return to me."

Also, in the parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus, the Rich Man in Hades recognized Abraham. And while it is a parable, parables are true to life.

As to the Intermediate State, that time between death and the resurrection, when believers are with the Lord, but their bodies have not yet been raised, the prophet Paul indicates that when we are absent from our bodies, we are with the Lord:

"5:6 Being therefore always of good courage, and knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord 7 for we walk by faith, not by sight; 8 we are of good courage, I say, and are willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be at home with the Lord."

I hope that this helps, Jeanne

Your friend,