Do Christians go immediately to heaven when they die?

Posted By 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.

Posted by Lewis Heart

This article has 22 comments

  1. i was taken to heaven straight away without dying,and they do because jesus said to the thief you will be in paredise

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  2. This is so timely! Our women’s bible study group is diving into this topic this week as we continue our study of Revelation. We are in chapter 20 and many of these questions have come up. What a blessing to have Dr. Sprouls commentary!

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  3. This doesn't line up with 1 Corinthians 15 imo, you can't have it both ways, either the resurrection of 1 Cor 15 has happened OR we still sleep in the ground as they did in the Old Covenant and since Adam.

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  4. So many people think of Heaven as the final state of things. Yet, we know the whole of Creation will have the Curse lifted and our final state of being will be physical and material in actual bodies. Just like Jesus. The final disposition of ourselves will not be an ethereal, immaterial state as we temporarily are after we die, prior to the Resurrection. This misunderstanding lends itself to the (wrongly) eschewing of the physical creation and our obligations to subdue it and have (limited, not final) dominion over it.

    I cannot wait for Eternity when we will have physical bodies and the opportunity to explore this vast and seemingly infinite Universe, as death will no longer be a factor in our endeavorsl

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  5. Amen. I can hardly wait to be with the Lord forever and leave this sinful place. This world and my flesh. Praise God!!! Thank You Jesus!!! 🙏✝️❤️ We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. 2 Corinthians 5:8

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  6. As I get older (and I'm getting older!) I find a part of me is looking forward to this. Afraid, yes. But anticipating as well.

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  7. Jesus Himself said NO ONE has went to Heaven after they died in Jhn 3:13. So either Jesus lied or Churchianity is trying to make Him look like a liar. I'm willing to wager that the latter is the case, since the apostle Peter went on to confirm this in Acts 2:29,34 where he clearly says David himself is IN HIS GRAVE, not Heaven. Paul also goes on to state in the faith chapter(Heb. 11) that the named figures were STILL WAITING for their inheritance. That's not possible if a person can go to Heaven, nvm the fact that the Bible doesn't even legitimately teach going to Heaven is a Christian's reward in the first place.

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  8. According to Hebrew thought, the soul is synonymous with the person. It is not a separate part of the person that can be detached like is portrayed in pagan mythology. It doesn't survive death. A person dies, their body goes to Sheol, or the grave, and the person is later resurrected to new life with a body suited for immortality. If the soul survives death and goes immediately to heaven and can exist in heaven independently as is so often taught, why does it need to be reunited to the body, any body, later on? Death as the enemy and resurrection as the hope of believer have no meaning if any part of man survives death. The immortal soul idea comes from Egyptian and Greek pagan thought and is part of the Lie, not the Truth.

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  9. This mainstream "immortal soul" lie is not biblical, there is no separate "soul" inside humans that continues to live on after death. The confusion comes because Christians don't understand the biblical definition of what a soul is. Let's get back to the basics:

    Genesis 2:7 "And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man BECAME a living soul."

    Do you see this? Every creature that has received the breath of life is a living soul, no where the bible suggests that there is a human spirit inside of us. I will tell you where this immortality doctrine comes from, SATAN!

    Genesis 3:4 …'And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die.'

    Life only continues to carry on after the first resurrection, this is what Jesus had to say:

    "And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also."

    Now tell me why would Jesus need to say that when He returns He will get us so that we can be with Him if we are already with Jesus immediately after death? Makes no sense. That's because It is at the second coming that we go to heaven, not before.

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  10. I really appreciate Sprouls and how God used him to guide me back into the Bible and a renewed relationship with Christ. However it is unfortunate that he starts out this video talking about classical Christian theology and not what the Bible teaches. The only text he refers to is Philippians 1:23 where Paul states that he would rather be with the Lord than to be here in the flesh. I can relate with Paul as I too would rather be with the Lord and escape the pain and suffering here on earth. The Bible states that “the dead know nothing” Ecclesiastes 9:5. In 1 Corinthians 15:52 Paul mentions the last trumpet in connection to the dead being raised. In Revelation we find the last trumpet in Revelation 11:15, and in verse 18 it states, “and the time has come for the dead to be judged.” This is a judgement of the wicked and the righteous. If the spirit of man went up to heaven the moment he died then judgment would have to occur the moment he died but the Bible does not teach that. For a clearer picture of death and resurrection look at 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17. Also consider Jesus did not ascend to his Father during the three days he was in the tomb John 20:17. Neither did Lazarus’s spirit ascend to heaven during the four days he was dead in the tomb. Scripture does not support the belief that the spirit goes up to Heaven the moment you die. What Scripture supports is that death is like sleep. You go to sleep/or die and “in the twinkling of an eye” or what seems like no time at all you raise up, either to the resurrection resulting in life or the resurrection resulting in condemnation (see John 5:28,29). The intermediate state is like sleep.

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  11. How does a man go to heaven when they die if they never knew heaven before they died? The kingdom of heaven is at hand and you people still don't know where it is? You are willing to die the physical death to try to find out? God is a God of the living not the dead. He dwells within you and you don't know that? Hypocrites! Let the dead in Christ rise to know their living God who dwells within.

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