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By   •   September 29, 2009   •   Topics: ,

Q:

What happens to us in the first minute after we die? Do we enter heaven immediately, or do our souls go into some kind of a sleep until the end of time, when our souls and our bodies will be reunited? I've always had lots of questions about heaven.


A:

The Bible doesn’t answer all our questions about heaven and life after death—and the reason is because our minds are limited and heaven is far too glorious for us to understand. Some day, all of our questions will be answered—but not yet. As the Apostle Paul wrote, “Now I know in part; then I shall know fully” (1 Corinthians 13:12).

However, the Bible certainly does indicate that when we die we enter immediately into God’s presence if we belong to Christ. From our earthly point of view, death looks somewhat like sleep—but not from God’s point of view. Paul declared, “We are confident (of eternal life), I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8). Elsewhere he wrote, “I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far” (Philippians 1:23).

Later, we will be given new bodies—bodies that will never age or be subject to death, because they will be like Christ’s resurrection body. As the Bible says, “The dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed” (1 Corinthians 15:52).

Is your hope in Christ? Death is a reality—but so is God’s offer of salvation in Christ. Don’t put off your decision for Him, because you could be called into eternity at any moment—and then it will be too late.

Don’t wait; invite Christ into your life today.

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439 Comments

  1. Cindy Oalund says:

    I have been waitiing for these responses from Billy Graham

  2. Christine Barrett says:

    I know God and I love him dearly. I was recently baptised. I have to say though, that I am getting so tired of the struggle of life. I want to glorify God in all I do and I feel that I do but I’m so tired and so lonely. Applying for job after job that will pay enough so that I can live and also work for God’s glory in some way, but I never get hired. No one wants me. I have become a burden to my kids. Wish God would just let me die. I’m so done.

    1. Jeff powell says:

      Don’t ever give up.

    2. David S says:

      Trust me. I also have been having a real hard time finding a job but the fact of the matter is that I am not starving. God has provided. Right now is difficult times due to the entire world sinking. Trust me, we are minutes away from his rapture. Don’t let the devil give you bad thoughts. When you fall get right back up and tell Satan: “Is this all you got?”

  3. Veronica Wolfe says:

    In heaven, could we pursue some of the gifts we had in this present life and be used by God in that way continuously.

  4. Debra Dodd says:

    Love this!! Thank you!!!

  5. jackie says:

    WHY DO BAD THINGS HAPPEN TO GOOD PEOPLE AND BAD PEOPLE GET AWAY DOING THINGS BAD?

    1. BGEA says:

      Jackie, this article can help answer your question: https://goingfarther.net/life-issues/suffering/

  6. lucy feliciano says:

    WHAT A WONDERFUL FEELING TO BE WITH JESUS. I’LL SEE MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS WOW MAMA ,GOD, JESUS ,ANGELS, STREETS OF GOLD ,CRYSTAL CLEAR WATER SO MANY BEAUTIFUL COLORS. I’M CHRISTIAN I BELONG TO MY GOD JESUS. AMEN

  7. Eric mark says:

    God please take care of everybody in heaven I’m close to. Please make Muriel Markinson better. God please do whatever you can to make her live longer.

  8. Stewart says:

    Actually we know we will be with Jesus in Paradise, as Jesus told the thief on the cross in Luke 23:43. HalleluYah!!!

    1. Debra Dodd says:

      Amen & Amen!!!✝❤✝

  9. Saleem Akhtar says:

    Very good knowledge about death that is reality of life and we should accept it any fear,if we are living in Christ then we have a great hope of life.