Some Questions You May Have Had About Heaven
Recently in our Mid-Week Service I answered some questions about heaven that a few folks had. Since they are questions that I’ve been asked many times over the years, I thought it might be good to answer them here. Of course, everybody doesn’t go to heaven, like some think. Only those who have accepted Christ as their Savior from sin and who are living for Him will have the privilege of going to heaven. So, with that in mind, here are the questions that were asked: Will we all get new bodies and what will they be like? Will we always be the same age in heaven as we were when we died? Will our loved ones recognize us and will we recognize them? First, let’s talk about the new bodies. We will get them. I Corinthians 15:51-53 says, “Behold I show you a mystery; We (Christians) shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump; for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. (Changed how?) For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.” Our present bodies are considered “corruptible” but we are promised a new body said to be “incorruptible”. What does that mean? It means our new body will not be subject to death, disease, or decay, like the old one was. Let’s be clear—we will not be made into angels. You won’t have wings and set on a puffy cloud playing a harp. So, if our bodies won’t be like angels, what will they be like? Philippians 3:21 says the Lord “shall change our vile body, (meaning our corruptible one), that it may be fashioned unto his glorious body.” Our glorified body will be like His glorified body after the resurrection. So, what was His body like? On resurrection night, Jesus appeared to the disciples. Luke 24:3 says, “As they thus spoke, Jesus appeared in the midst of them.” He didn’t come through the door. He just appeared to them, which means He could walk through closed doors, and vanish from one place only to appear in another. So, when we get our new bodies we too will have the same supernatural control over matter that Jesus had. His appearance to them in this fashion scared them and caused them to think “they had seen a spirit”, Luke 24:37 says. But Jesus wasn’t a spirit. He had a flesh and bone body. He said to them in vs. 39, “Behold my hands and feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bone, as ye see me have.” He let them examine His body and then He asked if they had anything to eat. Vs. 42-43 says, “And they gave him a piece of broiled fish, and of a honeycomb. And he took it, and did eat before them.” So, Jesus had a flesh and bone body, He could eat and drink, yet He was able to walk through walls and materialize somewhere just like that. That’s the kind of body we will have, as ours will be like His. Will we always be the same age as when we died and will we recognize each other in heaven? Jesus’ body still had the appearance of a man, and so we too will have the appearance we had on earth, either male or female. The disciples recognized Jesus, not at first, perhaps because they were shocked to see Him, but they did recognize Him, so yes we will recognize each other. But there may be some choice in our appearance. I don’t think if we die when we’re 60 that we’ll have to look like we’re 60 for the rest of eternity. Do you think if you die as a baby that you would want to be in diapers for all of eternity? I sure wouldn’t! Unborn babies who were aborted or who died from miscarriage, we never even got to see what they looked like, but my wife had a miscarriage and I believe I will recognize our baby as soon as I see her in heaven. So, if grandma’s body was broke down and bent over at 60 when she died, she may be able to choose to look like she did when she was 20. Or if a child dies at age 3, they may be able to choose to have their body look like it would have looked in the prime of life, at 18 or 20. Jesus still retained His glorious scars from His crucifixion. Christian martyrs may be able to choose to still bear the visible evidence of their suffering for Christ as a badge of honor. And if you were born with no legs or arms, etc. I believe the Lord will recreate our glorified bodies in total perfection. No one in heaven will be missing any arms or legs! So, we will not only know and recognize each other in heaven, but it will be a cherished reunion day when we see loved ones that went on ahead of us. Hopefully if you’ve ever had any of these same questions, this will help you to understand. Whatever you do though, don’t let anything or anybody keep you from living for the Lord and making heaven your home some day!