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December 9, 2014

Will there be nametags in heaven?

by Dave Malnes

When I appear in the heavenly realms and receive the crown of glory, I wonder if Jesus will need to stand up and introduce me?

Will He take me by the elbow and introduce me to Apostle Paul, Peter, and the rest of the disciples? Will I know all of the saints from the past and the heroic names of believers mentioned in the Bible? Will they already know me? Will all the citizens of heaven have familiar faces or will we be wearing nametags?

It’s easy to recall the familiar faces we long to meet in heaven. Family members, friends, those whom God used to have a significant influence in our lives. We look forward to that day when we can offer our joy and thanksgiving for their words and actions that left an imprint on our soul. But what about those saints we never had the chance to meet on earth? Will we recognize them in heaven?

Friendship-old-friends-old-menI believe we receive a clue on what heaven will be like in the following verses:

“After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus.” (Matthew 17:1-3)

Three disciples accompany Jesus to a high mountain. Before them, Jesus is transfigured so his face shines like the sun and his clothes become white as light. Moses and Elijah then appear before them. Peter asks Jesus if he could build a shelter for everyone and specifically names Moses and Elijah. From this scene, we could make the conclusion that Jesus gave the disciples the ability to recognize these two Old Testament figures without any introduction.

DSC03935When Jesus comes again, the old is destroyed and a new heaven and a new earth appear. A veil is lifted and we enter into a new dimension. Like the three disciples, we may receive the ability to know everybody in our glorified body and everybody will know us. We will recognize John the Baptist and he will know me. King David, Jonah or even Mary herself will come with open arms and call you by name.

The grand reunion will be made possible because Jesus already knows your name. By trusting in His promises and what He has already done for us on the cross, God declares, “You are my child for whom I love and am well-pleased. Your inheritance is secure. Your name is already written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.”

DSCN1875When the King of Glory, the Creator of the Universe, the Great I AM declares you to be His child, then everybody will know your name.

One of the greatest privileges we have on this earth is to introduce the presence of Christ to the world. We identify ourselves with Him by proclaiming His name to others. It is a fruit of our faith.

Jesus even says, “Those who acknowledge me on earth, I will acknowledge in Heaven.” To be acknowledged by Christ in the heavenly realm – there can be no greater honor. I believe it is safe to assume that there will be no introductions in heaven.

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