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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.

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189 Comments

  1. Paul Carnell says:

    What should I say to get rid of my sins and all the bad things that I done? because what I did in my past is bad. I always been a Christian but as I get older I realize the things that I have done were wrong up till I was 14 and I sort of regret it. I’m now 15 and I always prayed but I need forgiveness from God and the Lord and jesus. Please Respond.

  2. Kelley says:

    I love and serve the Lord and I can’t wait to be with Him. My dear sweet mommy went to be with Jesus Dec. 17, 2016 I truly miss her but I know in my heart she is very happy! I am happy that we grew up with you brother Billy Graham! When we all get to heaven what a day of rejoicing that will be! God bless everyone! And Jesus be quick! Thank you

  3. Yvette Rodriguez says:

    In the Bible it states that one day is like a thousand years to God does that mean that Jesus Christ has not risen from the dead because it’s in 3 days is 3000 years and it’s only been 1983 years I believe that will go with Christ the same day I die because I believe he died on the cross for all of us so we could be forgiven for our sins that was a justification that by his grace we will go with him

  4. Angie Duenez says:

    Is it okay to cremate a body

  5. Tara says:

    I’m confused because in the creed, they talk about the resurrection of body, is that our body or Christ’s body?