By   •   January 5, 2006   •   Topics:


When someone dies, do they go to heaven immediately, or do they have to wait until the end of time before they can go into God's presence? My wife died a few months ago, and I worry about this.


You should not worry; the Bible clearly teaches that if we know Christ, we are safely in God’s hands forever when we die, and that nothing “in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:39).

Does this mean we immediately enter heaven when we die? My own study of the Bible has convinced me that we do. This is reflected in many passages in the Bible. Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies” (John 11:25). The Apostle Paul wrote, “I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far” (Philippians 1:23). The Bible also says, “Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands” (2 Corinthians 5:1).

We need to remember, however, one additional truth: At the end of this present age, God will reunite our souls and our bodies. In fact, we will be given new bodies—bodies that will be similar to Christ’s body after His resurrection. They will never experience illness or pain, and they will never grow old.

Take comfort in the fact that your wife is now safely beyond all the pain and dangers of this life, and she now dwells in God’s presence forever. And this is your destiny too, and the destiny of every person who truly trusts Christ for their salvation.

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  1. Anna Benton says:

    So thankful to be able to read Billy Graham’s own words on topics like this. Amen.

    1. Tammy says:

      Amen, me too.

  2. Mark Blevins says:

    I offer my condolences to the family at the loss of Billy Graham. When I was a sinner I would always watch his Crusades when they were shown on TV. He was a great man, one that I liked even as I lived without Christ. Now I am saved. I like to think the years I saw his Crusades had something to do with this. He will be missed.

    1. Richard farris says:

      His Crusades are still airing every day on stations like TBN.

  3. Cheryl says:

    Thank you, Pastor Graham, for all your work through Christ. I sat as a child, alone usually, sitting in front of the TV in the floor and took every word in. So looked forward when I knew you were on TV. God only knows himself how many souls you touched. Blessings to everyone.