Can I Know Friends and Loved Ones in Heaven?

In 1 Thessalonians 2:19-20 Paul writes, “For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes? Is it not you? Indeed, you are our glory and joy.”  Part of the reward in heaven is the people we have won to Christ and our friends and family that have died in Christ.  Isn’t that an awesome!  He anticipates the day “when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones.”  (1 Thessalonians 3:13).  He looks forward the day when he will be reunited with God and his people.

Paul also writes, “Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.  After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words.”  (1 Thessalonians 4:13-14, 17-18) Our hope is not only in Jesus alone, though that would be enough, but that we’ll be with each other.

Puritan Richard Baxter wrote, “I know that Christ is all in all; and that it is the presence of God that makes Heaven to be heaven.  But yet it much sweetens the thoughts of that place to me that there are such a multitude there of my most dear and precious friends in Christ.”

There is one warning.  People who do not believe on Jesus as their personal Savior will not enter the gates of heaven.  Therefore, it is imperative that we get the good news into all peoples hearts.

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