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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. Lola says:

    Cor 15:13-23 And it says; Christ is the firstfruit to be resurrected and the rest of the dead at their own time: the ones who are Christs AT HIS COMING. He has not come again yet, so how can the dead be
    with God in heaven now? John 3:13 Says;and no man has ascended into heaven but he who has come down from heaven. Also, in Act 2:34 It says For David is not ascended into the heavens…….can you please explain these verses to me.

  2. maria says:

    It is true we will be we our Lord Jesus Christ when we died , Prays God for the Cruz for Jesus sacrifices.

  3. vicky walker says:

    I would like to know the scriptures that tell us that when we die our souls go to be with the Lord and we dont wait in the tomb for when he returns

    1. maria says:

      Luke 23:43 (KJ21) | In Context | Whole Chapter

      43 And Jesus said unto him, “Verily I say unto thee,’ TODAY ‘ shalt thou be with Me in Paradise
      as well us who believe in Christ Lord, yes we will be we our Lord in heaven when we died .
      ,I’m very excited!

    2. tomhartman says:

      Jesus Christ said in John 3:13: “No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven.” That seems clear! Why is it so hard for so many to believe?
      He says over and over again that death is like “sleep”….and that when he returns the dead will rise first to meet Him. If they are already with Him, who is rising?

    3. Boyce says:

      The , is suppose to be after today, not before. It changes the complete meaning and lines up with the rest of scripture. Remember there weren’t punctuation in their language so it should read like this.

      I assure you today, you will be with me in paradise.
      He was assuring him on that day.