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What will we look like when we get to heaven? Will we be like we were when we were young and vigorous, or like I am now (I'm in my 70s)? Or will we just be spirits?


No, we won’t just be spirits, without any form or substance. God gave our bodies to us, and some day God will unite our souls with our new bodies–bodies that will never become sick or grow old.

Those bodies will be far more glorious than anything we can ever imagine right now. The Bible compares this to the planting of a seed–a seed that may be very small and insignificant and unimpressive, but which sprouts and brings forth something beautiful and glorious. The Bible says, “So it will be with the resurrection of the dead. … it (the body) is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory” (1 Corinthians 15:42-43).

What will we look like in heaven? The Bible doesn’t tell us exactly–and the reason, I believe, is because we can’t even begin to imagine what we will really be like then. But the Bible does tell us this: Our new bodies will be like the body Jesus had after His resurrection. The Bible says, “Just as we have borne the likeness of the earthly man, so shall we bear the likeness of the man from heaven” (1 Corinthians 15:49).

The most important truth, however, is this: This life is not all, but ahead of us is heaven if we know Christ. Do you have that hope in your heart? You can, by giving your life to Jesus. Then you too will have “a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:3).

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  1. Henry Ball says:

    I found this to be very enlightening and a great information source.

  2. Stormie says:

    I have severe hearing loss as the result of an accident & feel I can’t go much further in this body. I am definitely a believer. What would happen if I give up & commit suicide?

    1. BGEA Team says:

      Although you may not fully see it, God loves you and has a plan for your life. He wants you to choose to live and live for Him. He knows your pain and wants you to submit your burdens to Him. We strongly encourage you to speak with someone about the loss of hope you’re experiencing. Our online counselors are available at and you can also talk confidentially with someone by calling the Suicide Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Our prayers are with you.

  3. Mansi says:

    What happens if you die before your written death by god? God knows the time you are supposed to die, but what if you are just sick of this life with the way people treat you, your blemishes, not being good enough? And commit suicide? Perhaps by euthanasia? What happens then… will God forgive me for wanting to come to him so much?

    1. BGEA says:

      Mansi, thank you for your questions. Please watch your email for a response from our team.

  4. Lisa Norman says:

    Thank you for your wisdom and knowledge.

  5. grandmother says:

    Will we look like our selves in heaven? Please give scriptures. Will our bodies look like our earthly bodies? Pleases back it up with scriptures. My grandson asked me an I had had no answer.

    1. BGEA says:

      Hi there, we think this link with Billy Graham’s Answers about Heaven could help you talk with your grandson. You’ll see several questions including one about whether we will recognize each other in Heaven: Hope this helps. God bless you and your family. -BGEA team

  6. Austin Moore says:

    I am preparing a sermon for a group of seniors, many of whom are in their late 90’s. I hope to encourage them that their broken bodies will not beset them on the other side. Your teaching here is ver helpful. Thank you.
    Austin Moore

  7. Pasty Jacobs says:

    Thank you

  8. Don Henry Richardson says:

    In the name of Jesus.Christ our Lord

  9. Joseph says:

    I have been listening to men like Dr, Graham most of my life. Thank God for him and men like him

  10. Maureen Benigni says:

    The bible says we will be known as we are known, I took it that we would recognize each other.