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. Jack Bretcher says:

    Just have faith in the LORD he will take care of us that believe, God bless.

  2. Vidica Ann Kelley says:


  3. Darlene says:

    Thank you for educating me on this matter. My ex mother in law who I’ve always loved passed away today. This question in my heart made me seek an answer and for me, this was it.

  4. Bob Ray says:

    My wife of 32 years passed away on Dec.20, 2014. She is a Christian and this post makes me feel so reassured to know she has been with our Savior and Lord since her passing Last Saturday morning.

  5. Annette Ringley says:

    I appreciate this. Thanks. This has been in my spirit for years. Now I know..

  6. mel says:

    I just lost my Dad yesterday he was a strong man of faith in Jesus one of the greatest gifts he instilled in our family lifes is a strong faith in Jesus

    1. Lexi says:

      So sorry for that tremendous loss!!! I lost my Paw-Paw 3 days before I started school this year…. Its hard, but we know they are in a better place with the Lord God Almighty! Praying for you and your family!

  7. stacy rappa says:

    Thank you so much for words. My baby brother passed away 11 weeks ago. Not too sure how but this helps very much.

  8. Pattia says:

    I LOST MY SISTER YESTERDAY MARCH 26,2014 i believe and she does as well. I miss her and worry about her and I know she is with our father Jesus Christ..

    1. Katie says:

      My grandpa died yesterday and now I feel relieved

  9. Kathy says:

    Thank you.

  10. Liz Womack says:

    We lost our 23 year old son on Christmas night to a gunman who randomly shot in a crowd killing 2 and injuring 6 others. He was saved.