Will We Be The Same People In Heaven?

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Do You Think We Will We Be The Same People In Heaven?

 

You may wonder if you will be the same person you are now when in heaven. Maybe you’ve bought into the disembodied spirit theory or just don’t know what the Bible actually says about whether you will be the same person in heaven as you are now.

 

The disembodied spirit ideas came a long time ago in the early church, but never followed what the Bible actually tells us. Certain movies have not helped with bringing understanding to people and what happens when our current body dies.

 

When our current body dies, our spirit is still alive and it departs. But when this happens, then what? What are we really? Will we be different? What will it be like? Though we don’t have all the answers given to us in the Bible, we do know we will be the same people in heaven and will have some bodily form, while we wait for the full resurrection of our bodies.

God made us as whole beings connecting our spirits (breath of life) with our bodies. It can be a real struggle to break this up when a person is dying. I’ve seen it many times working as a nurse for many years and especially in hospice. Though the Bible does tell us that we will have resurrected bodies, the present heaven also indicates we will have some type of bodily form that is fully recognizable while we wait for our full resurrected bodies.

 

There are many Bible verses that tell us we will be the same people in heaven as we are now, only better of course.  Here are a couple…

 

When Jesus Christ had risen after being crucified and buried in a tomb, he showed himself to many people including his disciples where he said, “Look at my hands and feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have. (Luke 24:39). And in the book of Job, Job says, “…In my flesh I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eyes–I, and not another… (Job 19:26-27). Jesus called people in heaven by name, including Lazarus in the present heaven (Luke 16:25) and Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the eternal heaven (Matthew 8:11).

 

Another convincing example is when Jesus went up on the mountain with Peter, James and John. We are told that they met Elijah and Moses who came from heaven. We are told that Peter recognized them. They were called by name.

 

If Jesus is calling these people by name, it only makes sense that they are the same people in heaven as they were on earth. Their name is the same and they are treated as the unique person that they have always been, only now without sin and blemish, of course.

 

When it is your time to be called home, you will be the same person in heaven, only perfected without anymore sin. The thought that we will all be the same people in heaven, only perfected is definitely something to look forward to.


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