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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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524 Comments

  1. Moses Smith says:

    I just received some of your information from my wife. This is very helpful.

  2. Jane Chissoe says:

    I enjoy reading the information that I have not understood clearly in the past. Now, I know.

  3. Cameron buck says:

    I really hope when we die we come into a new body and don’t feel pain.

  4. Betty Drotar says:

    I love Jesus!

  5. Raymond Thomas says:

    Jesus Christ paid for the sins of us all! We have life because Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No man comes to the Father except through Me.”

  6. TruthSeeker says:

    It seems that sometimes the more I learn, the more confused I become. People who claim that spirits of their loved ones are hovering above them, or whatever, are being deceived by the tricks of Satan. Death is the last enemy to be conquered, and not our friend, except perhaps in suffering. Satan confuses even the most religious Christians.

  7. Joanne Gaede says:

    In 1 Corinthians 15:50-52, it talks about those that are asleep will be raised at the last trumpet.

  8. Betty says:

    Doesn’t it say when Jesus returns the dead will rise first. How can they be with God then immediately after death?

  9. Ewen Burt says:

    Amen forever!

  10. Patti says:

    I’m trying to understand. It is so hard for me to understand. I do believe in God but trying to understand it all. I’m old, my mind isn’t what it used to be. Hard for me to concentrate and remember what I’ve read.