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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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19 Comments

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

    Dear Mr. Jeffery,

    I sounds as if God through Jesus and the Holy Spirit is reaching out to you. I hear concern in your writing. I believe you need to pray to Jesus and ask him to come into your life. Afterwards, I believe you need to find a church and begin learning the Word of God. Perhaps you would like a Baptist or Methodist Church. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you in this matter. It is important to associate with fellow Christians. Please read John 3 in a Bible. May God bless you in your walk.

  2. rashad jeffery says:

    I wanna exept Jesus as my lord and savior but where do I start how can I praise him without going to church

  3. earl thomas rice says:

    I love my Lord , Jesus christ

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

    I believe that we are born again spiritually when we accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Baptism does not save you; however, Jesus wanted us to be baptized since it is a symbol of death, burial, and resurrection with him. I was baptized at Taylor Road Baptist Church on July 9, 1967. I have never forgotten that night. I feel God’s Holy Spirit blessed me that night. If you have not been baptized, I would urge you to do so. It is a blessing that I will never forget.

  5. frank vest says:

    do you need to baptized to go to heaven?

  6. Lily Mailloux says:

    I love to hear you speak. You make the Bible so easy to understand as you explain it. Thank you.

  7. shakayla says:

    thank you because I needed to know because we was learning that in bible study…

  8. Charles Edward Miller, Jr. BA, Old Dominion University; MA, Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary says:

    I must disagree that the dead know nothing. It is true that the body sleeps; however, the eternal spirit does not sleep. This is seen in the following verses: 1 Samuel 28, Ecclesiastes 12:7, Matthew 10:28a, Luke 16:19-31, II Corinthians 5:6-8, Philippians 1:21-23, Revelation 6:9. There are of course other verses I can quote; however, I feel this is enough. I rejoice in the fact that my parents’ spirits now live with Jesus. One day, however, their spirits will be reunited with their bodies and we will have a new heaven and new earth. Won’t that be grand!

  9. Bedeyah says:

    Ecclesiastes 3:20-21
    Also Ecclesiastes 9:5 – For th the living know that they shall die: BUT THE DEAD KNOW NOTHING!

  10. angie leonardo says:

    I died on the operating table when I was a young girl of appendisites I remember being on the ceiling looking down athe dr. and nurses i was not aware that I passed on but got a great kick at where I was. But this didnt last long has I started going threw a tunnel at a very fast rate of speed and coming out and I was walking fully aware of my phiscal body and knowing that I was finally home There was a prescense of great love surrounding me that I had never known on the earth so I know I was precent with the Lord. Of to my left side It looked like a t.v. and on it it was playing my whole life up to that point I felt everything I said and done a millionfold and it was fast. I could see people in the background waiting for me but could only see the outlines of there heads. It seemed I was in a fog. Then someone was there saying it is not your time you must go back my reaction was no I dont want to go back but in a blink of an I was back