By   •   July 29, 2004


Do you think we go to heaven the instant we die, or do we sleep (or something like that) until Christ comes again and we are awakened? We had a discussion about this in our Bible study, and I was surprised to find out how many different opinions there were.


Yes, Christians can sometimes sincerely disagree on minor matters—although you should never forget that all Christians agree on those things that are really important, such as the divinity of Christ, His death on the cross for our salvation, His resurrection from the dead, and our hope of heaven.

From my own study of the Bible, I’m convinced that when we die, we immediately enter the presence of the Lord. At some future time, we will be given new bodies, similar to the body Jesus had after His resurrection. But in the meantime, our souls are with the Lord, and we are fully conscious of being in His presence.

This certainly seemed to be the Apostle Paul’s hope. He faced many dangers, and he knew that at any moment his life on earth could end. But he faced death with hope: “We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8).  Elsewhere he declared, “I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far” (Philippians 1:23).

Never forget that we have hope of life after death for one reason: Jesus Christ removed the barrier between us and God—the barrier caused by sin. Is your hope in Him?  If not, put your trust in Christ without delay.

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  1. Joanne Lowry says:

    Growing in Christ

  2. Nancy Jackson says:

    The dead have no remembrance of God. See Psalm 6.5 ” For in Death there is no remembrance of thee: in the grave who shall give thee thanks?” See Psalm 114:17 “The dead praise not the Lord, neither any that go down into silence” These verses do not say that it is only the wicked that do not remember and praise the Lord, but it applied to all who are “in death.”

  3. Juan Hernandez says:

    I am a believer in Christ but do admit that i drift away at times. I somehow find my way back but i know that i cannot be doing that. I am eager to be in the presence of our Lord ,but not necessarily eager to go just yet, for i have 5 children ,my oldest being 9 and my youngest 2 years old.

  4. Elizabeth Mckenna says:

    Don’t know much about this but want to learn more.

  5. John Ruyf says:

    i am surley a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ. Who are the died in christ that rise first?

    1. Cheyenne Simmons says:

      Hi I was baptized February 9/2013 and I have been so blessed to get to know Jesus and I have chosen to put all my faith in The Lord.

  6. Carol Gorman says:

    I think I understand that when my parents died, their soul passed into the prescience of The Lord. They will someday be given new bodies and those new bodies will ascend to heaven with the Lotf,

  7. Paulinus S Ncube says:

    Earth is hell I’m so glad that if we die we go straight to our father

  8. Brian says:

    I am so ready to leave this world and meet my Lord. I really wanna know ya Lord…..but it takes so long….

  9. anne smith says:

    I always felt that when we die our soul go to heaven. I was talking to a person they staed thatwe are asleep until the return of jesus

    1. Cheyenne Simmons says:

      If you get a bible and look up Jeremiah29:13 it says this: You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.