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By   •   June 19, 2006

Q:

Where does our soul go when we die if we are believers? Does it go into some kind of sleep until the last judgment, or does it go immediately to heaven?


A:

My own study of the Bible has convinced me that our souls or spirits go immediately into the presence of God when we die. The Apostle Paul wrote that those of us who are Christians “would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8).

Although the Bible doesn’t answer all our questions about life after death, it clearly tells us that we can look forward to heaven’s joys when we die, if we know Christ. Shortly before His death and resurrection, Jesus told His disciples, “I am going there to prepare a place for you … that you also may be where I am” (John 14:2-3). The Bible also says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

The most important truth I can tell you about heaven, however, is that we will be with God, and nothing evil or harmful will ever touch us again. In heaven, God “will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away” (Revelation 21:4). Why would anyone not want to go there?

All this is possible because Jesus Christ took upon Himself the death and judgment we deserve when He died on the cross for us. And by rising from the dead, He showed that He has conquered death and Hell and Satan forever. Is your faith and trust in Him for your salvation? If not, commit your life to Him today.

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  1. Gail Webb says:

    Thank you so much for your publications. I read the Bible daily, but do not always understand what I’ve read. I depend on your translations to help me. May God continue to bless you and your life.

  2. mike bosanac says:

    turn off the electricity, where does the light go? remove the spirit from the body,the soul goes to the same place,it ceases to exist. it was part of the corporal body that is sleeping in the grave. Christ returns to that body and makes it alive as spirit. He would not enliven it in corporal form.

  3. edward tew says:

    if you look up spirit, soul, and body in a — The New Strongs exspandable Dictionary of Bible Words, it wil give you answers. our spirit comes from God’s Breath of life, same as what he breathed into Adam, when we lose our breath we die- or sleep til Jesus brings our breath (spirit) back to us, at the resurrection, same as God did for Jesus when he was resurrected. Jesus Is Our Example, he lived his life to show us what will happen to us, follow his example. he had to go though a lot, persecution, tibulations, death, all kinds of things, for us.
    we to have to go through these same things. he was resurrected by God, he had to put off his old flesh body at his resurrection, and God put his breath back into him when he rose up, he lived again after being buried for three days and three nights, as he said he would be. then and only then could he accend to heaven to the father. same with us. he said that since he lived on earth that no one has accened to heaven except him that decended, God with us! Jesus is the only one, so far that died and accended to be with the God. everyone else that died has been asleep, not knowing anything, but, even if we stay dead (asleep) for thousands of years, the next moment in time (this is when the soul leaves the body and is present with our Lord) –we will know is when he comes and tells his saints to come forth and breathes into them at the resurrection of the ones that live and had faith in him. same as he did Lazarus, he was dead four days (asleep) and Jesus call him forth, he started breathing and knew he was called by Jesus, and raise up out of his grave. where it says God brings with him, that means his breath comes with him for those worthy of being resurrected. we die and go to rest until the last day. if we have faith in Jesus, we are hid in him, his breath until that day. the parable of the rich man and lazarus the beggar, Jesus could tell that because he can go back or go foward, and talk to anyone where ever they may be.just like the ones under the alter, they are dead,but, he responded to their cry about how much longer would they be in their graves, they were ready to be resurrected, but, he said that they would have to wait until the end of all things when he returns! the seventh trump. there will be many saints that go through the tribulation and will be killed for there beliefs, and won’t take the mark of the beast. because they love Jesus. then Jesus will come, and that time is very near!

    1. randyf says:

      So are you saying that we as believers do not go straight to heaven instead remain in a state of unconscious (sleep)? One other question I have is God the Father breathe his spirit into man and man became a living soul. what’s going to be judged?

  4. pastor wilson says:

    thank you for your answer i dont have much to say

  5. Lisa Hayes says:

    The soul and spirit are two different things. The soul is our conscience and the spirit is were the Jesus lives in us. Jesus cannot live in our soul because it is not pure. So how can the soul go to heaven since it is unclean unlike the spirit is when we accept Jesus as the Son of God. Please answer this question so many sites are saying the spirit and soul are the same when they are two different things

    1. BGEA says:

      Here’s a short article from our website to help answer your question: http://billygraham.org/answer/do-we-have-both-a-soul-and-a-spirit/

  6. olaleke says:

    and if the spirit of God’s children goes to paradise, what happens to the spirit of the unsaved when they die, do they go to hell, and if they do, what is now the essence of judgement?

    1. edward tew says:

      was Jesus in paradise, when he was raised up out of the grave? where is paradise do you think? you can;t get there until the resurrection. my opinion is paradise is the new city, and the new earth. all these things are in the future of the ones that have faith in Jesus and do His commands. then we go to the place he has prepared for us. all this will happen after the judgement of the wicked.

  7. olaleke says:

    sorry, but in 1st samuel 28 vs 11, a woman summoned the spirit of samuel for saul, so if our spirit is with God, or in his presence, how did she get access to samuel’s spirit.

    1. edward tew says:

      she didn’t, it was a demon she called up. not samuel. a deception by satan, read more it tells about it.