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By   •   June 19, 2006

Q:

Where does our soul go when we die if we are believers? Does it go into some kind of sleep until the last judgment, or does it go immediately to heaven?


A:

My own study of the Bible has convinced me that our souls or spirits go immediately into the presence of God when we die. The Apostle Paul wrote that those of us who are Christians “would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8).

Although the Bible doesn’t answer all our questions about life after death, it clearly tells us that we can look forward to heaven’s joys when we die, if we know Christ. Shortly before His death and resurrection, Jesus told His disciples, “I am going there to prepare a place for you … that you also may be where I am” (John 14:2-3). The Bible also says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

The most important truth I can tell you about heaven, however, is that we will be with God, and nothing evil or harmful will ever touch us again. In heaven, God “will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away” (Revelation 21:4). Why would anyone not want to go there?

All this is possible because Jesus Christ took upon Himself the death and judgment we deserve when He died on the cross for us. And by rising from the dead, He showed that He has conquered death and Hell and Satan forever. Is your faith and trust in Him for your salvation? If not, commit your life to Him today.

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183 Comments

  1. Renee says:

    I am asking GOD to forgive me of all my sins and to embrace me each day with his Love. To help me when times get tough and to know that each day with his help I am stronger.

  2. Ronnie Ricks says:

    I want God to accept my repentance today. I want you to pray for me today

    1. felipa barron says:

      Ronnie Ricks, what a wonderful decision you made to repent. I will be praying for you. I have witnessed miracles that could only be done by the hand of God. Read your bible daily and pray daily, give praise and glory to God Our Father, give thanks for all you have and will be given. Pray for yourself and over your home, pray for family, friends and enemies, pray that you gain the wisdom and knowledge that God wants you to gain from reading the bible. My prayers started off real short and now I can pray for hours. Pray for God’s protection and guidance in your thoughts, spirit, emotions, mouth, actions, literally your steps, walk proudly because God is walking with you and nothing is impossible for God. You are a child of the Most High!

  3. Fred Bachmann says:

    Makes sense, that our spirit would be in heaven awaiting our new spiritual bodies.

  4. Mary Ellen says:

    Thank you, I understand that our souls go immediately to be with God, but please clarify what happens when Jesus comes again in light of our souls already being in his presence after death?

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