What Happens at Death

As we all know, sooner or later, every single one of us is going to die and cross over to the other side. As Christians, there is a bit of a divide as to exactly what occurs at death.

I will use this article, along with the appropriate verses from Scripture, to fully explain to you exactly what occurs at the moment we die and depart from this world.

The first thing you will need to know is that there was a major difference as to what occurred at death in the Old Testament as versus what occurs at death in the New Testament.

I will first breakdown what occurred to people when they died in the Old Testament, and then what happens to everyone who dies in the New Testament.

1. Old Testament

In the Old Testament when people died, they were not allowed to enter into heaven because Jesus had not come yet to die on the cross for all of their sins. God the Father obviously could not throw all of the good and righteous people into hell, so what He did with them, until Jesus could come down and set them free through His death on the cross, was to put all of them in a place called “Abraham’s bosom.”

The people who were not good and righteous, who were bad and evil and who could not live proper righteous lives before the Lord, these people were then thrown directly into hell. We just put up a new article titled, “The Reality of Hell.” In this article are 47 of the best verses in the Bible showing you that not only does a hell exist and that it will be for all of eternity, but that all of the unrighteous people were immediately thrown down in there back in the Old Testament, even though Jesus had not come yet to die on the cross for all of their sins.

Then after Jesus had fully completed His sacrifice on the cross for all of us, these bad and unrighteous people were still not allowed to come out of hell to be able to enter into heaven, as all of their judgments were final.

Only the good and righteous people in Abraham’s bosom were allowed to go up into heaven after Jesus had paid the full price for them with His sacrificial death on the cross. In other words, God was already separating the good apples from the bad apples even back in the Old Testament.

Here is the verse that gives us perfect revelation on this entire scenario. The subtitle of this passage is “The Rich Man and Lazarus.”

“There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day. But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate, desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.

So it was the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried.

And being in torments in Hades (Hell), he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. Then he cried and said, “Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.’ But Abraham said, “Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented.

And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us.’

Then he said, ‘I beg you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father’s house, for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment.’ Abraham said to him, “They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.’ And he said, ‘No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ But he said to them, ‘If they did not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.'” (Luke 16:19-31)

Notice that Lazarus was in Abraham’s bosom and that he immediately went there right after he had died and crossed over. However, the rich man immediately went down into hell due to the type of bad lifestyle that he must have lived.

Then notice what happens next – the people in hell could not cross over and reach the people who were in Abraham’s bosom due to a “great gulf” that separated these two places from one another. And Lazarus likewise could not cross over to try and reach the rich man who was burning in hell due to this great divide that was separating these two places from one another.

This great gulf that was separating these two places from one another was telling you something right off the bat – and that was the people who were in hell would now be down in there for all of eternity with no chance of ever being able to make it back out again – and the people who were in Abraham’s bosom would be getting out of there as soon as Jesus comes down and goes to the cross for all of them.

Now here is the verse that will show you that all of the people in Abraham’s bosom were immediately allowed to enter into heaven after Jesus pays the full price for all of them with His sacrificial death on the cross:

“Jesus, when He had cried out again with a loud voice, yielded up His spirit. And behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split, and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many.” (Matthew 27:50-53)

Now that Jesus has already died on the cross for all of us, this will now take us into current New Testament times, which we are now all living in.

2. New Testament

Now here is where there is a bit of a divide between some in the Body of Christ as to what happens to all believers when they die and cross over.

Some Christians believe in something called “soul sleep.” This is a belief that when we die, our soul will go into an actual state of rest and unconsciousness until the time of our bodily resurrection, which will be explained below. And until that event occurs, all of the “dead in Christ” are now in some type of unconscious, sleep-rest state.

For the record, we do not believe or ascribe to this theory. The reason being is that there is one verse in particular that completely discredits this theory. Here is the verse:

Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me me when You come into Your kingdom.” And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, TODAY you will be with me in Paradise.” (Luke 23:42-43)

Notice that Jesus tells the thief next to Him on the cross that he will be with Him in Paradise that very day after they both die together, not sometime far off in the future when He comes back for His church. If the soul sleep theory was correct, then God the Father would not be making an exception for this thief on the cross next to Jesus.

When Jesus makes this statement to this man, I believe this statement applies to every single believer in Him from that moment on – which means that when we all die, we will immediately be granted entrance into heaven to be with Jesus on the very day that we die, not sometime far off in the future when our physical bodies are fully resurrected by the Lord.

The apostle Paul also makes an additional statement on this issue. He says that to be “absent from the body” is to be present with the Lord. And once you die, your soul and spirit will immediately become absent from your body. And according to Paul, once your soul and spirit becomes absent from your body, then you will immediately be allowed to come into the presence of Jesus in heaven, not at some far off time in the future.

Here is the verse from Paul making this specific statement to all of us:

“Therefore we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. For we walk by faith, not by sight. We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.” (2 Corinthians 5:6-8)

In this verse, Paul is definitely tying in the fact that we are in the presence of Jesus once we are absent from our bodies. And the only way that we can be absent from our bodies is if we literally die, at which time our soul and spirit will then ascend up into heaven to be with Jesus for all of eternity. There is no other way that this can happen.

And if we are in the presence of Jesus immediately after our deaths and departure from this world, then there is no room or possibility for any type of soul sleep to be occurring with our souls and our spirits.

3. Resurrection of the Body

The apostle Paul tells us that we have three distinct parts to our actual beings – a body, soul, and spirit. Here is the verse giving us this specific revelation:

“Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit, soul and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 5:23)

What happens when we die now is that our soul and our spirit will lift up together out of our physical bodies and then ascend up into heaven. Our natural physical bodies are then left temporarily behind to rot and perish on the earth.

Paul tells us that we now have two types of bodies – a natural body and a spiritual body. Our natural body is obviously our human, flesh, physical body, but our spiritual body right now is our soul and spirit united together. In other words, the saints who are now living in heaven are in their spirit bodies, since their natural bodies are still lying down here on this earth in a corruptible state.

But at a later date at Jesus’ second coming back to our earth, God is going to fully resurrect all of our physical bodies just like He did with Jesus on that third day from His death on the cross. On the third day after Jesus died on the cross, His soul and spirit were reunited with His physical body and then God fully resurrects His physical body.

But there is now one major difference with His fully resurrected body – it is no longer a natural body, it is now a new, glorified, spiritual body. A transformation has now taken place, and we as Christians are going to have the exact same thing happen to all of us.

God is going to fully resurrect our physical bodies from this earth and then transform them into new, glorified, spiritual bodies. When that occurs, our souls and our spirits will then be reunited and put back into this new spiritual body, and this new glorified, spiritual body will then be the one that we will live with for all of eternity.

Here is the specific verse that is telling us that our physical bodies will be raised up and transformed into new, glorified, spiritual bodies at the second coming of Jesus.

“So also is the resurrection of the dead. The body is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption. It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.” (1 Corinthians 15:44)

Notice this verse says that we are all born with a natural body, which is our human physical body, but that same body will then be raised up and fully resurrected as a new, glorified, spiritual body just like God did with Jesus. So in one simple little verse, Paul gives us complete and full revelation as to exactly what is going to happen to all of our bodies at the second coming of Jesus back to our earth.

And these new, glorified, spiritual bodies will also no longer age, deteriorate, or corrupt on us – ever again! They will no longer ever get sick again.

Notice in the above verse it says that our bodies were initially sown in “corruption” and “weakness,” but they will be raised in “incorruption.” This means that our new bodies will be imperishable, immortal, and indestructible.

These new resurrected spiritual bodies will also be capable of eating foods, as the Bible tells us that Jesus ate food with the apostles in His new glorified spiritual body before He ascended to the Father. Here is the verse showing that Jesus was able to literally eat food with the apostles after He had already resurrected from the grave:

But while they still did not believe for joy, and marveled, He said to them, “Have you any food here?” So they gave Him a piece of a broiled fish and some honeycomb. And He took it and ate in their presence.” (Luke 24:41-43)

Even though our new bodies will be spiritual bodies, they will also still have actual flesh and bone to them, which means we will still be able to feel and touch things as we do now. Here is another verse where Jesus is specifically making the statement that His new, glorified, spiritual body is still a physical body that has actual flesh and bone in it:

“Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have.” (Luke 24:39)

Though we are being given these new spiritual bodies, these new bodies will not be immaterial or ghost-like, like what we think about when we think of the word “spiritual.” These will be physical, flesh-and-bone bodies that will be capable of eating, feeling, touching, and smelling, but with a spiritual component and makeup to them that will literally make them indestructible, incorruptible, and immortal.

Also notice that just as God made Jesus wait for three days before He fully resurrected and transformed His earthly natural body into a new, glorified, spiritual body, in the same way we all have to wait for a certain number of years before our physical bodies are fully resurrected and transformed into the same kind of new, glorified, spiritual body that Jesus now has.

We do not get these new, glorified, spiritual bodies at the time we die and depart from this earth. These new spiritual bodies will be given to us when Jesus returns back to us in His second coming, not at the time we die and leave this world. Here is the verse that specifically tells us this:

“For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)

We also believe that this is verse of the rapture. If it is, notice that the “dead in Christ” will rise first. If the dead are already in heaven, then what is going to rise? If will be the resurrection of their physical bodies from the grave. In other words, all of the saints who are now living in heaven will receive their new, glorified, spiritual bodies right before the rapture occurs.

And then once this event has occurred with the saints who are up in heaven, then the saints who are still alive and down here on this earth at the time of the rapture will not have to go through any type of physical death. Once the rapture actually occurs, their natural physical bodies will then be immediately and instantaneously transformed into their new, glorified, spiritual bodies.

This means that all of the saints who have died and who are now living up in heaven with Jesus are still waiting for their new resurrected spiritual bodies to be given to them by the Lord.

Conclusion

In 9 very powerful and direct verses from our Bible, God has given all of us very good and powerful revelation as to what is going to happen to all of us and our physical bodies after we die and depart from this earth. Again, here is exactly what is going to occur to every single believer in Christ at the moment of their deaths upon this earth:

At the moment of our deaths upon this earth, our souls and our spirits will lift up from our physical bodies and immediately be granted entrance into heaven. We will then be in our spirit bodies when we initially enter into heaven.

But then at the second coming of Jesus back to our earth, and possibly right at the time of the rapture, all of the saints in heaven will then have their physical bodies fully resurrected and then transformed into brand new, glorified, spiritual bodies.

These new spiritual bodies will still be physical, flesh-and-bone type bodies, but they will have a spiritual component and makeup to them that will now make them totally immortal, indestructible, and incorruptible.

In other words, we will all be given brand new, physical, flesh-and-bone, glorified, spiritual bodies that will last for all of eternity. These new bodies will never age, corrupt, die, or ever get sick on us – ever again!

And if anyone down here has bodies that are deformed, scarred, or disabled in any way, they will all be made completely whole again once they receive their brand new, fully resurrected, spiritual bodies from the Lord.

With the flawed and imperfect bodies that we are now forced to live in on this earth, we will really be able to appreciate these new, glorified, spiritual bodies once they have been given to us by the Lord. What a relief it is going to be to think that these brand new, glorified, spiritual bodies will never age, wear out, or ever get sick on us ever again! And this will be for all of eternity!

What more can you say on how good and how great our Lord is with the final ending and final chapters that He has already prepared for all of us with these brand new glorified, spiritual bodies that will be given to all of us, not to mention the New Heaven and the New Earth that we will all be given as our final resting place in the Lord.

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  1. Norman L. Hughes - September 28, 2018 at 9:41 am

    You can rationalize all the scriptures you want but believers in Jesus, old testament and new, accepting him as the Lord and Savior are in Paradise when they die and will be in Heaven when when he comes back to gather up his church, the living and the dead. It would be nice to think we go straight to heaven when we die and loved ones are looking down on us from heaven but it is just not happening yet.

    • Sonja Morton - November 2, 2018 at 11:20 am

      Thank you so much Michael for this insight into God’s spoken word. The Bible never contradicts itself and in studying the word and reading/ listening to others and their opinions and this is what they are opinions only. We need to study and search the scriptures (not just read) to get the full understanding of what God is saying to us. Luke 23:43 in my studies clearly is speaking about today not to day. I believe that some scriptures confuse saints into going by their own thoughts and feelings and therefore complicated the subject of which God is attempting to show us. Remember saints God is not the author of confusion 1 Cor. 14:33.

  2. J. Nick Freeman - April 14, 2018 at 6:41 am

    All this debate about after the death of a Christian (born again) is totally missing the point. It is not whether we will be in Heaven or Paradise, whether we are in a spiritual body or a new body But that we are with the LORD our Savior our GOD. Being in His presents nothing else will matter we will be in the very presents of GOD prostrate before Him.

  3. Tammy - September 12, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    Everybody keeps using what Jesus said to the thief on the cross as proof we go directly to heaven. What everyone is neglecting to do is look up the word “today” in that scripture in the concordance. You won’t find it. Because he didn’t say ” today” he said ” To Day” two words. After studying this scripture for hours my conclusion, what Jesus was saying, ” forever, shalt thou be with me in paradise” now if we go straight to heaven then how is it when Jesus comes for his Church, the dead in Christ will rise first to meet him then those alive will follow? This frustrates me that everyone says ” today” when that word isn’t in that scripture and when I tell them they ignore it.

    • Renee - May 26, 2018 at 10:52 am

      Great point…looking into this now… I also thought there was an apparent contradiction…they didn’t use punctuation then and translators seem to feel at liberty to ‘choose’ the meaning they want to give.
      Thanks for bring a true Berean!
      R

  4. Annemarie - November 4, 2015 at 10:13 am

    I know fully and surely in my heart that Jesus is prepairing a place for me in heaven as He said.Not that I deserve it, for I am still a sinner and stumble often.He forgives me every time I confess.It doesn’t mean I can sin and just ask to be forgiven on purpose.I have to serve Him and worship Him all the days and moments of my life.
    Thank you Lord Jesus for dying for me and saving my Soul.
    Praise be to God the Almighty.
    Amen

  5. John Dirks - November 23, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    What happens at death?

    In that very day, his thoughts perish. – Psalm Chapter 146

    The dead do not praise the Lord. – Psalm Chapter 115

    Among the dead no one proclaims your name. – Psalm Chapter 6

    For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing…
    Their love, and their hatred, and their envy is now perished.
    – Ecclesiastes Chapter 9

    Only God has immortality. – 1 Timothy Chapter 6

    The soul that sins, it shall die. – Ezekiel Chapter 19

    Immortal life is a gift from God. – John Chapter 3

    That gift is given when Christ returns. Then this mortal will put on immortality.
    – 1 Corinthians Chapter 15 and 1 Thessalonians Chapter 4

    If one reads and whole Bible and believes that all scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, then they will not be carried about with every wind of doctrine, and those err, not knowing the scriptures.
    – 2 Timothy Chapter 3, Ephesians Chapter 4 and Matthew Chapter 22

  6. John - October 27, 2013 at 12:19 am

    In my opinion though the article is correct in a nutshell, its not complete as few more scriptures can be added. First, the thief on the cross was a man of old testament (but he believed in Jesus) We cannot say that immediately he went to heaven because Jesus had to be in the grave for 3 days & 3 nights (bodily) & in spirit He descended to the Hades (Ephesians) & preached. After 3 days He was resurrected then only He conquered the death thus He became the first fruit. Though Mathew says that many saint’s graves were opened pls. notice that very clearly he writes that after the resurrection. Thus it is very clear that Jesus is the first who is resurrected from the dead. There are many scriptures which support Jesus is the first fruit Acts, Colossians etc.

    Secondly, Before conclusion on this title subject we also have to consider Revelation where souls of saints who are asleep (but alive, they can see what is happening on the earth, feel etc) cry to the Lord when these sufferings will end (they are referring great tribulation) Then the Lord gives them white robes.

    Also we should consider Mathew ch. 13 where angels divide, Paul says work out your salvation with fear & trembling & Judgement seat of Christ & of course all the rapture scriptures in Thessalonians & other Pauline epistles.

    When we consider all scriptures I understand that (but still I wont conclude because clearly I will know when I die) There was earthly paradise (old testament time also called abraham’s bosom, hades etc) & there is heavenly paradise (new testament time for those who die in Christ). After rapture All will go to heaven with glorious bodies (immortality).

    Also This factor is very important, after accepting Christ how we live. Mathew ch 5,6 & 7 helps us to live like Christ.

  7. Gerbrand - October 25, 2013 at 7:31 am

    Just another comment for my comment earlier on, it is no good you believe and you don’t accept Jesus as your Lord and Saviour as well.
    Too many people these days accept Jesus as their Saviour but want to stay in control of their lives, and even dictate to God what to do in their lives.
    You have to accept Him as your Lord, your Master and hand yourself totally over to Him. You must be the servant, His bond-slave.
    For many years I thought of myself as being saved, but I was still totally lost.
    I even bought a farm and told God how we were going to serve Him on this farm. We gave the farm to widows, bought seed and fertilizer, all nice, except that I never once asked God what was His will. All I can say that farm was a complete disaster, and still is after we gave it away for free.
    My message, once you accept Christ, seek the Kingdom of God, seek His will, be obedient to His guidance. Don’t do stuff out of your own plans, be guided by Him and be blessed.
    See you at the House

  8. Deb - October 25, 2013 at 4:47 am

    I am not going to quote scripture here. I have read the comment for and against being taken to Heaven after death. I can tell you my Mom was saved, but had not been Baptized and I worried for years that she was not in Heaven. I prayed all the time asked the Lord if she were there. Finally after fifteen years of prayer I had a dream of her in the hospital. I walked up to her bed in a dimly lit room and a man came from a recliner chair to tell me I could go on with my life and not worry about her anymore. He had her. Did he look like the depictions of Jesus we all see in the paintings?? No, he had kaki’s, a plaid shirt and wore glasses. Did he say it prayerfully? No it was matter of fact and in a soft voice, but it was exactly what I needed to know my Mom was in Heaven. Why did it take all those years to get an answer? I don’t know, maybe He thought I was asking a stupid question. God bless all of you. As for me, I believe when I draw my last breath, I am going to Heaven.

    • Norman L. Hughes - September 28, 2018 at 9:37 am

      Not heaven but Paradise. I prayed the same way you did about my murdered son and received acknowledgement that he was fine. He was baptized and a believer for not walking the walk in the world’s eyes.

  9. Rollie P - October 25, 2013 at 3:39 am

    Is the Paradise Jesus spoke of on the cross Heaven, and if so why didn’t the Lord call it heaven?

  10. Gerbrand - October 25, 2013 at 12:21 am

    Hi.
    I always had a very different understanding. I am surpriced nobody has mentioned it.
    There are 4 stages after death, 2 for believers, 2 for sinners.
    Math 13 has a number of parrables that tells us that when we die, we will be seperated by angles into believers and non- believers. Pls read the whole chapter, Jesus tells us the angles will judge us at death in those words.
    We are then sent to either paradise or hades. This is the 1st two stages.
    We are fully awake and knows what is going on around us, as per Abraham and Lazerus.
    When Christ comes He will be coming as a judge.
    He will judge the dead and the living as described above. we will be given our rewards for what we did accourding to His judgement and then we will go to our final resting place – heaven or hell.
    pls note, Jesus will be present at both paridise and heaven.
    He will be the final Judge and is forever our Lord, in this life, in paridise and in heaven.
    Just a final note. It doesnt realy matter what you believe what happens to you when you die, as long as you believe in God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, forgive others, and run the good race, you will end up in heaven

  11. Ramona Brooks - October 24, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    I totally disagree with you; I believe in the rapture, and the Bible says that the dead in Christ will rise 1st at his 2nd coming, meaning Christ.

    So, they are not in heaven, but, I believe in a place called Paradise, where they are resting until Jesus return.

  12. Leanne - October 24, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    For all you “soul sleep” believers, explain the transfiguration of Christ. 2 people from the OT showed up. Granted Elijah never saw death, but Moses did and the disciples were baffled. Our beings are eternal. Move your comma back. Today you will be with me in Paradise.

  13. Paul - October 24, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    God didn’t give is the mind and understanding to figure this out. No one actually knows what happens at the moment of death. I hope and pray that we all die in a state of grace. Amen.

  14. Becky - October 23, 2013 at 7:14 am

    Bottom line, praise the Lord. If we live according to his word we will make it into heaven.

  15. John - April 21, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    I have to say that the previous comment from AC can’t be true from what I have read, Including this statement from the author as well:

    At the moment of our deaths upon this earth, our souls and our spirits will lift up from our physical bodies and immediately be granted entrance into heaven. We will then be in our spirit bodies when we initially enter into heaven.

    Revelations specifically says that the dead will rise in Christ, and then the living will also be caught up in the air with Him. If we go to heaven the moment we die, then what is this?

    When Jesus was hanging on the cross, the first translation of the King James said something like “I tell you, this day you will see me in paradise”, which was a mis-translation, the comma was out of place, it actually reads something like “I tell you this day, you will see me in paradise”.

    Also, if the dead are conscious right now, then when people perform seances, how do they really know if they are talking to the dead or just demons in disguise? It looks to me like the end times will be filled with “spirituality”, and people contacting the dead will be one of the things. These “souls” would be indistinguishable weather human or demon. When someone dies their soul goes to sleep, just like in the OT, Satan tried to claim the soul of Moses. Moses said something like he blinked, he had no recollection of Satan and God talking about his soul.

    I think that there is only one way to interpret the Bible, and if something stands out and does not fit then it much be wrong. In this way, we can take what is easy to understand, and test hard to understand things against the easy to understand things. We continue to build upon this, and in full understanding we have true Christianity.

    I challenge everyone to read the Bible themselves and to determine themselves what is true and what is not. God will lead you to understand. Question everything. If you don’t read for yourself and you take someone else’s word, then you could be mislead. This is what is going to happen in end times – the world will be deceived, even the elect would be deceived if it were possible. So we need to study study study.

    Where does this term come from?

    Jesus will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and His kingdom will have no end. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

  16. mape - February 13, 2012 at 12:44 am

    The very scripture “Assuredly, I say to you TODAY, you will be with me in Paradise.”
    Notice the change of the comer, that is how it should be, compared to the change people made…
    when we die we go back to dust and wait for resurrection…
    Rem “Am going to prepare a place for you…. and I’ll COME take you” meaning we will be still down here.

  17. Brittany W - January 6, 2012 at 11:21 am

    This is a wonderful article, this helps me understand a lot better what happens to SAVED christians when they die. So will there be an article for WHAT HAPPENS TO UNSAVED PEOPLE WHO DIE? Do you already have an article for this? What happens to an unsaved person when they cross over into hell?

  18. Ed Tarno - December 7, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    When Jesus spirit and soul after 3 days reentered his body, he was in a resurected body but not yet a glorified body. There is a difference. That is why he told Mary not to touch him at that time.

  19. John Dirks - November 12, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    You quoted Luke 23:42-43…

    “Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me me[sic] when You come into Your kingdom.” And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, TODAY you will be with me in Paradise.”

    And then you draw the following conclusion…

    “Notice that Jesus tells the thief next to Him on the cross that he will be with Him in Paradise that very day after they both die together, not sometime far off in the future when He comes back for His church.”

    However after Jesus game forth from the grave, He said to Mary “Touch me not; for I am NOT YET ASCENDED to my Father” John 20:17

    The two statements “appear” to contradict each other… Why would the Lord say to the thief that they would be in Paradise TOGETHER that SAME DAY, and then tell Mary something completely different 3 days later? Either He and the thief ascended into heaven that same day or they didn’t.

    Upon further investigation it seems there is a error in translation. The ancient Greeks at the time of Christ did not have what we call punctuation. Punctuation as we know it didn’t come into being until several centuries after the time of Christ. The ancient Greeks didn’t even begin using the most basic form of punctuation until 500 years after Christ. Moreover the ancient Greeks didn’t space words apart. Every “book” or body of text was one nonstop string of letters from start to finish.

    With this in mind the passage in Luke 23 would better read

    “Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.” And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you today, you will be with me in Paradise.”

    Now the contradiction between what He told the thief and what He told Mary is removed.

    • admin - November 12, 2011 at 7:11 pm

      On the day Jesus died, His soul and spirit ascended into heaven right after He had died. But then on the 3rd day, His soul and spirit were re-united back into His new, glorified, resurrected body back here on earth in the grave, which He then walked among the apostles for 40 days before He ascended back up to heaven.

      Mike

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