Do Christians go immediately to heaven when they die?
Posted By Lewis Heart on March 5, 2020
Historically, classical Christian theology
speaks of what we call the status intermedius or the intermediate state, and that has to
do with where we go immediately upon death, as distinguished from our state after the
final resurrection. That is to say, as the New Testament would
indicate Paul says, that it is more needful to stay here for us, but to depart and be
with Christ was far better. And he certainly indicates that as soon as
we die, our souls go immediately into the presence of God and into the presence of Christ. But in that particular intermediate state,
we’re disembodied souls and we won’t have our glorified bodies until after the coming
of Christ and the great resurrection where our souls will then, at that point, be reunited
with our body. So first, soul’s continued consciousness of
our personal existence. The instant we die we go into heaven in our
soul state, and then we await the final consummation of the resurrection of our bodies.