We Shall Recognize Each Other
shall I know even as also I am known. 1 Cor. 13:12.
We shall know our friends, even as the disciples knew Jesus. They may have
been deformed, diseased, or disfigured, in this mortal life, and they rise
in perfect health and symmetry; yet in the glorified body their identity will
be perfectly preserved. . . . In the face radiant with the light shining from
the face of Jesus, we shall recognize the lineaments of those we love.
will meet and recognize those whose attention they have directed to the uplifted
Saviour. What blessed converse they have with these souls! “I was a
sinner,” it will be said, “without God and without hope in the
world, and you came to me and drew my attention to the precious Saviour as
my only hope. . . .” Others will say, “I was a heathen in heathen
lands. You left your friends and comfortable home and came to teach me how
to find Jesus and believe in Him as the only true God. I demolished my idols
and worshiped God, and now I see Him face to face. I am saved, eternally saved,
ever to behold Him whom I love. . . .”
will express their gratitude to those who fed the hungry and clothed the naked.
“When despair bound my soul in unbelief, the Lord sent you to me,”
they say, “to speak words of hope and comfort. You brought me food for
my physical necessities, and you opened to me the Word of God, awakening me
to my spiritual needs. You treated me as a brother. You sympathized with me
in my sorrows, and restored my bruised and wounded soul, so that I could grasp
the hand of Christ that was reached out to save me. In my ignorance you taught
me patiently that I had a Father in heaven who cared for me. You read to me
the precious promises of God’s Word. You inspired in me the faith that
He would save me. My heart was softened, subdued, broken, as I contemplated
the sacrifice which Christ had made for me. . . . I am here, saved, eternally
saved, ever to live in His presence and to praise Him who gave His life for
there will be as these redeemed ones meet and greet those who have had a burden
in their behalf! And those who have lived, not to please themselves, but to
be a blessing to the unfortunate who have so few blessings—how their
hearts will thrill with satisfaction!
Our Father Cares, p. 337.