Today we have a guest post by Anastacia’s husband, Scott Maness, B.Th., pastor of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church of Liberty, Tx.
“Will I get to see my loved ones when I get to heaven?”
In answering this question there are a few very important questions that we must first answer. The first question being: Am I going to heaven when I die? And the second: Are my individual family members going to heaven when they die? The last is: What will our existence in heaven look like and how will we spend eternity?
Question number one:
Am I going to heaven when I die?
That depends on whether or not you had made a reservation.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. (1Peter 1:3-5)
Jesus said to his disciples that he was going to prepare a place for them in John chapter 14.
Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (John 14:1-6)
In verse 6 of that chapter he said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” In this world where people like to think that there are many paths to heaven, Jesus states the opposite, there is only one way. For you to go to heaven you must repent of your sins and trust in Jesus.
The term repent means that you are turning from your sins. It means turning from trusting in other methods or means to get you to heaven and turning to Jesus and trusting him to get you there. It means that you had a complete change of mind and change of heart and now you will let him be the Lord/Master of your life.
Luke 13:3 says, “I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.”
You cannot depend on anything else to get you there.
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. (Matthew 7:21-23)
Question number two:
Are my individual family members going to heaven when they die?
The answer to this will depend on the personal relationship of each person in your family, their age and possibly their initial mental condition.
If a person has trusted Jesus as their personal savior, then they will definitely be there. If they died before reaching the age where they can tell right from wrong and make a decision to be saved, then they will be going to heaven also. (see 2 Samuel 12:22-23)
Question number three:
What will our existence in heaven look like and how will we spend eternity?
Many of the things that people think of when they think of heaven are actually things describing the time when Jesus comes back and rules on the earth or things referring to the city New Jerusalem described in the book of Revelation, such as streets of gold. In the Bible there is actually very little description of what heaven will look like and there is a good reason for that.
Heaven is going to be so great that our present mortal minds cannot even begin to fathom the depths of the greatness and splendor of the place. It would be like expecting an ant in your yard to describe the movement of the universe and all of the celestial bodies. In like manner, any attempt to put a full description of heaven or God will completely fall short of painting the whole picture. From the Bible we know that we will be praising the Lord together in more of a joyous state than any possible to experience here in this terrestrial existence.
So, to give a short answer to the main question asked:
Yes, we will see our loved ones, if each one has put their trust in Christ and Him alone to be saved.
“But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 15:57 KJV)
Do you have a loved one waiting for you in heaven?
You can share with us in the comments.
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