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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. Pat Kelly says:

    Thank you.

  2. Ewen Burt says:

    I so agree! I’ve been His child since age 17. I am now 64. A born again relationship with Jesus is the answer to a home in Heaven! (John 3:3).

  3. noel nadasan says:


  4. Kelky says:

    Thank you, I needed to hear this. I just lost my daughter and I can’t bear to think of her just sleeping alone until a second coming.

  5. Matthew says:

    This article says we die and instantly go to heaven. Matthew 3:13 says differently.

    1. Bob says:

      Matthew 3:13 says “Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him.”
      ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭3:13‬ ‭ESV‬‬

  6. JO E STEVENS says:

    We are a spirit and when we die, our spirit leaves the body and goes to be with the Lord. There will be a resurrection of the body at which time, it will be changed to be like the body of Jesus (not corruptible) to live forevermore. Amen.

  7. zella farmer says:

    The reason why I ask do we go to heaven right after death is because I lost my beloved dog Buddy September 5, 2017. I want to know if his soul is in the presence of the Lord.

    1. Nathan freeman says:

      Thank you.

  8. Michael Granville says:

    This excerpt really blessed my life. Thank you for sharing. I greatly appreciate it a lot.