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By   •   January 5, 2006   •   Topics:

Q:

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.


A:

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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23 Comments

  1. Judy McMahan says:

    My 19 yr old granddaughter was killed by a drunk driver. She had never been baptized and had gone to sunday school a few times. I don’t know what she believed but I loved her dearly and I pray to God to take her in his arms and love her. this is killing me not knowing where she is.

  2. Frank Montenegro says:

    I know we’ll all be in heaven because we’re saved but will I be able to see my wife again when I get to heaven? Thank you.

    1. BGEA says:

      Hi Frank,

      We hope this My Answer article from Billy Graham about heaven will be helpful to you:

      My Answer

  3. Gail Quarles says:

    What a wonderful thought to know that my husbands spirit is with God.

  4. Jeromy Hull says:

    I thought the Bible said that no one will enter heaven until the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. Judgement day. If that is the case, then why are we told that when loved ones die that they are in heaven if they are saved and accept Jesus as their lord and savior.

  5. Ally khoza says:

    yes is true but we must walk on Jesus tracks to enter that building.

  6. Tarsha says:

    Please pray for me

  7. Joyce Jones says:

    I have a twin sister that died in 2013 from cancer,It is 2016 now and she is the first thing on mind every morning when I wake up and she is the last thing on my mind when I go to bed at night. I can’t seem to get by this. The last day of her life was the worst day of my life. I feel so alone without her and I worry about her everyday. What am I suppose to do? Thanks for any information that you can give me.

    1. Mike Cross says:

      Oh I am sorry for your loss. I lost my son in November of last year, he was only 27. I like to think of him always and I just keep the faith in God. I tell him everyday that I love him and the pain will never go away but knowing he is okay makes me sleep and feel better. God knows I love him but the loss is so real. with peace be with you.

  8. Albertee says:

    Amen I am so blessed knowing God and Jesus

  9. M K Hunt says:

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