Our Heavenly Appearance

Someone asked, “What age will we be in Heaven?” On earth we change in time and mature, which might cause one to speculate we may appear at the pinnacle of maturity, not young nor old. Of Course, we will not be burdened by any infirmities or disabilities and this is just a thought, but what does scripture say? Scripture indicates that people are recognized in Heaven. Many of the life after death stories speak of people being recognized in Heaven. Yeshua, (Jesus’ Hebrew name) said He saw Abraham in Heaven. (John 8:56-58) When asked about whose wife a woman who had several spouses would be, He replied, “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God. At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven. But about the resurrection of the dead—have you not read what God said to you, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is not the God of the dead but of the living.” (Matthew 22:29-32) So, in Heaven we will be like the angels who are not married and people will be recognized as themselves. 

Our earthly bodies will be redeemed. (Rom. 8:23) What effect will redemption have upon us? When Yeshua was raised from the grave He was not immediately recognized by those who saw Him. There seemed to be some differences after Yeshua was resurrected that altered or hindered his recognition. Two disciples on the road to Emmaus met and talked when Him, but were kept from recognizing Him until they shared bread and their eyes were opened. (Luke 24:16-32) John recounts meeting the risen Lord after He pointed them to a miraculous catch of fish, saying, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord.” (John 21:12) Again they recognized Him, but it seems there were differences. Perhaps part of it is the difference spoken about, “…who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.” (Philippians 3:21) We will not be ghostly Spirits in Heaven, but will have glorious eternal bodies. We may not rely solely on sight to recognize each other, as in Heaven we will know fully. “For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” (1 Corinthians 13:12) The eternal qualities of our heavenly body will be glory, power and splendor all of which comes from God as we will reflect His image. (1 Cor. 15:35-49) One aspect of Heaven to remember is that it is opposite from worldly hierarchy, the humble faithful servant on earth will be greatest in God’s Kingdom, rather than the physically strong and beautiful.

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