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Q:

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.


A:

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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359 Comments

  1. Brenda says:

    I am so bonded to my dogs. They are my family and I love them. Please tell me they will be in heaven with me.

  2. Crystal says:

    How do you know when you’re saved? I believe in my heart and sadly my actions don’t always show it and society teaches so many different things. Can you recommend a easy book to help? The Bible can be confusing to a new learner and believer.

    1. BGEA says:

      Thanks for your questions, Crystal. Please keep an eye on your email for a response from our team.

  3. Shaun Farrell says:

    I always think of the thief on the cross where Jesus says today you will be with me in paradise.

  4. nancy boozer says:


    My Lord is seated at the right hand of the Father- also preparing many mansions for us… Dead believers are in the mind of Abba God until the rapture/Jesus returns…

  5. Donald E. Beesmer says:

    Thank you for the truth about when we die. I believe and know because the bible I read tells me that beggar lazarus was in heaven when he was asked to dip his hand in water to tough the tongue of the rich man. Paul also speaks to die is to be with the lord in heaven. I just thank you again because like the Bible you Franklin and your Father are my source when it comes to the truth Amen.

  6. kay strickland says:

    Will we know our parents and grandparents in heaven?

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