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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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17 Comments

  1. Charles E. Miller, Jr. BA, MAR says:

    Today is April 8, 2014. On April 11, 1985, my father went to be with Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:8). He is on my mind every moment. It is hard to believe that he has been in heaven that long. My mother joined him December 18,2006. Even though I know I will see them one day, I miss them terribly.

  2. Geoff Elwell says:

    It says in 1 Thessalonians 4:14-17 that the “Dead in Christ will rise first”. So where do our souls go between the time of our death until this time.

    1. Charles Miller says:

      The souls are the blessed dead are now with Jesus. When a Christian dies, the soul or spirit does not perish. To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord in heaven (2 Corinthians 5:8). There is no intermediate state or purgatory. Jesus will bring back with him the souls of the blessed at the rapture (1 Thessalonians 4: 14). I hope this helps you in your studies.

  3. Kellie Baldino says:

    after reading I am going there to prepare a place for you, I finally got it, He will for me! That makes it all worth it.

  4. Olufunke Adedeji says:

    Insightfull, right for the question on mind. Remain blessed

  5. Jerry Huckabay says:

    Thanks for Billy Graham’s insite!

  6. Jesus Lopez says:

    Very insightfull. Will definitely visit this site when i need knowledge of the bible