When we die, our bodies go through a transformation. Our loved ones no longer have a physical body, so they will no longer experience physical pain or grief. They are simply energy forms that move forward to Heaven, where all souls are reunited with their creator. Most of the time, these energy forms will mirror their physical appearance from life, but they may change to match their new environment. For this reason, we can never be certain that our loved ones on earth will be recognizable in Heaven.
In the Bible, the souls of the martyred Christians cry out for justice. They were convinced that their killers had not been judged. However, they were unable to understand why the killers were not punished. But when they went to heaven, they knew that those who murdered them were still alive and deserved punishment. That knowledge didn’t diminish their joy. Rather, it gave them the perspective that they would be in heaven, not in the midst of adversity.
According to the Bible, Jesus will wipe away every tear from our eyes. The tears of suffering and pain we shed on earth are the tears of death, oppression, and persecution. We will be reunited with those we love in heaven. As a result, we will see many of the people we love on earth one last time. But the questions remain: Will we know our loved ones on earth in heaven?
In heaven, we will find our loved ones, regardless of whether they died in the past or not. There will be many similarities between these two worlds, and when we meet our loved ones in Heaven, they will know us well. They will be able to recognize us by our spiritual characteristics, including our ability to forgive others. And they will recognize us as fellow believers and watch us live our lives in the presence of Christ.
Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob are now in heaven. Their spirits are full of joy, and they are fully aware of their loved ones. In fact, their spirits are alive and fully engaged, eagerly waiting for the resurrection bodies. The only other people with resurrected bodies are Jesus and his Father. This is why they will be so important to us. You must remember that the presence of God is the greatest reward for faithfulness.