I have been reading your web site faithfully for a couple of years or more. Thanks so much for your time. You are Blessed! My wife of 31 years passed away 6 weeks ago of a massive stroke. I have really been hit hard with grieving. At my mens bible study last week we were in Romans 8. I asked a question whether or not I would recognize my wife as being my wife on earth or not. The general consensus was probably not. It saddened me even more. I know there will be no sadness in heaven but I still have to continue living here just guessing weather or not I will recognize my wife or not, and all my other family members for that matter. Oh! I forgot to mention my wife was a saved Christian who loved Jesus!
I am so sorry for your loss. In 1 Cor. 13:12 Paul wrote, “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.”
We don’t know what our relationships with others will be like after the rapture, but this verse says we will know each other fully, just like the Lord knows us now.
To me that means we’ll not only recognize others for the part they played in our lives but will know them even better there than we did here.
The most important person in our earthly life is our spouse. It doesn’t make sense that we wouldn’t recognize someone that important to us. I disagree with your friends.