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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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408 Comments

  1. Menisha Frankline says:

    Heavenly Father I invite you into my heart guide me in protect me from harm iam scared in don’t want to be in the name of Jesus amen

  2. ELTON DE OLIVEIRA OLIVEIRA says:

    otima resposta – os que morreram em Cristo estão com Ele agora e não jazendo em alguma sepultura solitária – Glória a Deus por isso !!!!

  3. Janine Paige says:

    I lost a loved one last year and this really let me think about life after death. Even now when I’m writing this letter I’m thinking is my life in order with God? Even when I know that I can come to Christ, ask Him for forgiveness, I can’t help but feeling that I have enough forgiveness. I am a Christian and believe all but sometimes I disappoint the lord asking the lord’s forgiveness for the same thing over and over again. I’m worried about my soul. I’m worried that the gospel that I’m educated in are true. I prayed for wisdom and insight but it’s like it never come. I don’t know if God gave me the answer yet, but I’m still worried.

    1. BGEA says:

      Janine, we’re so glad you messaged us. We have passed on your comments to our team so we can follow up with you through email.

  4. Nishath Nishath says:

    Do I see my grand parents in heaven.

    1. BGEA says:

      Hi Nishath, we hope these answers about Heaven from Billy Graham will help you: https://billygraham.org/story/5-answers-from-billy-graham-on-heaven/ God bless you! -BGEA team

  5. rosanna says:

    Thank you for explaining it all. God richly bless you

  6. Arniel P Amar says:

    I only teach gospel to introduce god. The only one true GOD.

  7. Mary & Rich Hitzemann says:

    No we don’t know. It sounds like our souls go somewhere. We have our faith that God will be waiting wherever we are. Our love for Jesus Christ, our faith in Him is!

  8. Joseph says:

    Will I see my dad in heaven?

    1. Anthony says:

      Will I see my family in heaven!?

    2. Julia says:

      If your dad knew Jesus and was a born again believer, then yes you will. People we think aren’t in heaven will be there, and they made it somehow. People don’t know the hearts of man, only God does. God judges us by our heart, where our walk with him is at. It is clear that we need to give our heart and life to Christ and live for Jesus wholeheartedly. But even at their dying minutes left of life, someone can receive christ. So we can know if our loved ones are there and sometimes God will show us that even though his word, the bible. If you have accepted Christ, then it is a good possibility that you could and will see your dad again. Just trust God that you will. God Blessings to you always!

  9. Susan Gobrecht says:

    I am so happy to be a Christian. There is no greater joy to be with him in heaven. God bless you and your ministry. I am excided to be a child of our almighty God. Thank you