By   •   July 29, 2004   •   Topics:


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. Gilberto Ybarra says:

    I want to be safe. I am scared to die.

    1. BGEA says:

      Gilberto, you don’t have to be afraid to die. You can be secure in knowing you’ll spend eternity with Christ in heaven. Please take a moment to see how you can have that assurance: You can also find a chat button on that website that will connect you with someone from our team. We’re passing on your comment now so we can follow up with you.

  2. Dana Drew says:

    In my fear I find comfort in knowing God, but I am terrified to die. I no longer wish to think of it and am grateful that I have been given life.

  3. Dwayne Simpson says:

    Enjoyed reading about life after death.I believe this too,and will be in theLords presence when we die.

  4. Tim Eubank says:

    Thanks !

  5. Susan lampros says:

    Praise JESUS love him so much!!!

  6. john roeser says:

    Paul said I know a man who saw things unlawful to others. Jesus told the thief on the cross, today shalt thou be with me in Paradise. Paul also said it is better to depart and be with the Lord then to have to stay and do the work he had to do.