“What happens after death?” 9/07/2017 Posted by www.gotquestions.org

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Question: “What happens after death?”

Answer: Within the Christian faith, there is a significant amount of confusion regarding what happens after death. Some hold that after death, everyone “sleeps” until the final judgment, after which everyone will be sent to heaven or hell. Others believe that at the moment of death, people are instantly judged and sent to their eternal destinations. Still others claim that when people die, their souls/spirits are sent to a “temporary” heaven or hell, to await the final resurrection, the final judgment, and then the finality of their eternal destination. So, what exactly does the Bible say happens after death?

First, for the believer in Jesus Christ, the Bible tells us that after death believers’ souls/spirits are taken to heaven, because their sins are forgiven by having received Christ as Savior (John 3:161836). For believers, death is to be “away from the body and at home with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:6-8Philippians 1:23). However, passages such as 1 Corinthians 15:50-54 and 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17 describe believers being resurrected and given glorified bodies. If believers go to be with Christ immediately after death, what is the purpose of this resurrection? It seems that while the souls/spirits of believers go to be with Christ immediately after death, the physical body remains in the grave “sleeping.” At the resurrection of believers, the physical body is resurrected, glorified, and then reunited with the soul/spirit. This reunited and glorified body-soul-spirit will be the possession of believers for eternity in the new heavens and new earth (Revelation 21-22).

Second, for those who do not receive Jesus Christ as Savior, death means everlasting punishment. However, similar to the destiny of believers, unbelievers also seem to be sent immediately to a temporary holding place, to await their final resurrection, judgment, and eternal destiny. Luke 16:22-23 describes a rich man being tormented immediately after death. Revelation 20:11-15 describes all the unbelieving dead being resurrected, judged at the great white throne, and then being cast into the lake of fire. Unbelievers, then, are not sent to hell (the lake of fire) immediately after death, but rather are in a temporary realm of judgment and condemnation. However, even though unbelievers are not instantly sent to the lake of fire, their immediate fate after death is not a pleasant one. The rich man cried out, “I am in agony in this fire” (Luke 16:24).

Therefore, after death, a person resides in a “temporary” heaven or hell. After this temporary realm, at the final resurrection, a person’s eternal destiny will not change. The precise “location” of that eternal destiny is what changes. Believers will ultimately be granted entrance into the new heavens and new earth (Revelation 21:1). Unbelievers will ultimately be sent to the lake of fire (Revelation 20:11-15). These are the final, eternal destinations of all people—based entirely on whether or not they had trusted Jesus Christ alone for salvation (Matthew 25:46John 3:36).

Recommended Resource: Answers to Your Questions About Heaven by David Jeremiah


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P.S. (from bruce) Have you trusted Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior as a born again Christian ??  Here is a link for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…    https://godsmanforever.com/2014/10/26/the-truth-about-sin-10262014-by-bruce-reposted-from-7112013/

 

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One Response to “What happens after death?” 9/07/2017 Posted by www.gotquestions.org

  1. This truly should awaken a Godly-fear in believers and unbelievers alike. Believers because if you truly have the Holy Spirit of Christ residing in and with you, you would never want to know that anyone will suffer the fate of the damned. As an unbeliever, you should know that mere words and speculation as to the suffering will NEVER compare to the true torment that will last forever and ever and ever, etc., etc.!!

    It is mind-blowing to think that God Almighty, the Creator of ALL that is, ever was and ever will be gives His creation the power to choose an outcome and destination of their own choosing and it is heart-breaking that many of their own choosing, choose damnation and complete and total separation from Him!

    I very rarely preach/teach hell-fire and brimstone type messages, but I have never skirted away from the truth of sin and its consequences. What is so sad, is that it seems the commentary on sin is increasing and though it can open the door to Christ’s true Agape Love, not everyone will choose the LOVE!

    Thanks for posting such a relevant article Brother!! God bless and may all have a realization in the Spirit of what our choices for eternity will really mean, in Jesus Name I pray!

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