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Does the Bible confirm that at the resurrection we have no memory of our previous lives?

What will immortality be like? Will we lose our identity?

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(All quotations from the King James Authorised translation unless stated otherwise).

The Bible indicates the opposite.

When Jesus was raised from the dead he had total recall of his mission and his fulfilling of scripture.

Luke 24:25 Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: 26 Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? 27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.

He knew his disciples and remembered what he had said to them.

Luke 24:44 And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. 45 Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, 46 And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: 47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 And ye are witnesses of these things.

The promise to those who believe the gospel and are baptised into Christ is that when they are resurrected at Christ’s return they will be ‘like him’.

1 John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

It is reasonable to conclude that we too will have total recall of our lives in the same way that he did. It is God’s Glory that he is able to resurrect us from the dust with memory intact and we will know who we are.

Each one of us is unique, in the same way that one star differs from another in glory (1 Corinthians 15:41). Jesus could say ‘it is I myself’ (Luke 24:39). He is an effective high priest because in sharing our nature he remembers the difficulty of overcoming it.

Hebrews 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

Job says that he will see his redeemer in his own flesh and with his own eyes.

Job 19:25 For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: 26 And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: 27 Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.

This indicates that he will know who he himself is. It is our memory that makes us who we are.

What we are told is that there will be no more sorrow or pain, so in some way we will be reconciled to the death and suffering (in this life) of those dear to us. We cannot imagine how we can recall our lives and yet not relive the sorrow. We can only assume that we will see things clearly from God’s viewpoint and this will make a difference.

Isaiah 35:10 And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

Revelation 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

There will therefore be a difference in this respect, but not because our whole memory is erased.

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I hope this helps.
Glenn Smith

 
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