My father in law was a born again Christian. His wife/my mother in law is too. He just died. Will they still be married in Heaven or will they just be friends?
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When asked a similar question, Jesus responded (Matthew 22:30 and Luke 20:34-36) that, in heaven, people no longer marry or are given in marriage, but are like the angels. What I take from this is that, for the redeemed, their relationship to God as His children in His presence for all eternity will be their primary focus, to the exclusion of any other earthly relationships (not just between husbands and wives, but also between parents and children, between brothers and sisters, or any other relational ties in this life), and will make service and praise to Him their continual and exclusive function, as it is for the angels (although the redeemed will have glorified bodies like Christ's, and will not be spirit beings, as the angels are). I believe that is also why Jesus made the point in Luke 14:26 that "if anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple." He was not meaning "hate" in the sense that we must have intense dislike for them, but, rather, that our love and devotion to Him must be so much greater or take such priority that it makes our love for any other earthly relationships we have (no matter how close they may be to us), or even for our own lives, seem as hate by comparison. He was (in my opinion) preparing His followers for the devotion to God that will be the focus of the redeemed in eternity.
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