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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. Peggy Price says:

    Thanks for helping me understand a little bit better.

  2. tracy reynolds says:

    John 3:13 “No one has ascended to heaven but he who came from heaven,that is, the Son of man who is in heaven.” also read 1 Thessalonians 4. and verses 14 and 15 in this chapter. glory and praise be to God

  3. RICHARD DONER says:

    I don’t see any comments about purgatory. It is mentioned in the Bible isn’t it?

  4. RICHARD DONER says:

    Where does purgatory come in to our death?

  5. Barbara Ann Palmer says:

    I believe that our spirits are gone back with the Lord the moment our breath leaves our bodies (those who have salvation). But I also believe that heaven will be the new earth when Jesus returns.

  6. Cm Blair says:

    Answers we can trust

  7. Marcye irving says:

    Thank you so much I needed to hear this!! God bless!

  8. Deborah says:

    I have enjoyed this ministry for many years and hope to continue to for many years to come. Billy Graham and his family are a true blessing.

  9. jacqueline says:

    God Bless & thank you!