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Scholars say we will know each other in Heaven

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One of the favorite questions Christians often ask is, "Will we know each other in Heaven?" according to an article by Lehman Strauss. Lehman, a respected teacher for many years, came to a decisive conclusion based on his studies of the Bible.

Lehman pointed to a passage in the New Testament book of Luke as evidence people will recognize each other in Heaven. He said the scene described here on the Mount of Transfiguration is "generally accepted as strong evidence of Heavenly Recognition. The Biblical scholar argued that after death the spirit is clothed with a spirit body that is recognizable."

Jesus took Peter, James and John up into the Holy Mount. As Heaven shone forth Moses and Elijah appeared before Christ and his disciples Peter, James and John. Lehman interprets the passage found at Luke 9:30 as depicting the two Old Testament prophets not as angels or ghosts.

The passage reads as follows: "There talked with Him two men, which were Moses and Elias."

Strauss argues in his article this is strong evidence people will be able to recognize each other in Heaven. He said, "Not only were Moses and Elijah recognizable by our Lord, but they were known to the disciples also. Peter certainly recognized them when he said, 'Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here; and let us make three tabernacles: one for Thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias" (verse 33).

Strauss further comes to the conclusion, "When we recall how the disciples with earthly, limited vision could recognize the two saints from Heaven, certainly when we arrive there in our glorified bodies and with heavenly vision, we will be able to recognize those with whom we associated on earth."

The former professor in Philadelphia also said, "Heaven is revealed as a social place, where enjoyment and fellowship are set forth under the figure of a feast. Jesus said, 'I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, in the kindgom of heaven" (Matthew 8:11). He contends that the patriarchs and prophets knew each other at this holy festival as will those who believe in Christ from around the globe.

Lehman taught Old Testament history for eight years at Philadelphia Bible Institute. He then served as pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Bristol, Pennsylvania from 1939 through 1957. He followed that up with a pastorate at Highland Park Baptist Church (Michigan) until 1963.

He left Highland Park in 1963 to launch an evangelistic ministry both in the United States and abroad. He wrote his 19th book at age 86. He died in June of 1997.

Contemporary Christian leader Greg Laurie agreed with Lehman's conclusions. Laurie referred to the same Mount Transfiguration incident, saying, "Moses and Elijah didn't have name tags on identifying them. The disciples clearly recognized them."

Laurie also agreed that all people in heaven will recognize each other, saying, "We are told we use only 5% of our brains here on earth. When we're in Heaven I think we'll use 100% of our brainds. We'll know more, not less in Heaven."

Laurie is senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship Church in Riverside, California.

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