If I die after my husband and when we are reunited in heaven, will we know each other as not only God's children, but as husband and wife? I have been a WELS member all my life and have received conflicting answers. As we mourn the loss of a loved one, we find comfort in being reunited with them in heaven. For some, part of the comfort here on earth is knowing I will see my "husband" again. Would appreciate guidance on this issue. Thank you.
The Bible clearly teaches that marriage is an earthly institution only (Matthew 22:23-33). There is no Bible passage that states specifically that a Christian in heaven will recognize another person as having been his or her spouse on earth.
What is clear is that on the Last Day Jesus will gather together his followers, and they will be together forever (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). This means that we will be together with Christians who were our earthly relatives, including our spouses. What specific knowledge we might have about them awaits us.