Welcome to another episode on this blog. I pray that as you read, your eyes of understanding are flooded with light.
What we are treating and considering today will be an answer to the question that is our topic today. Many times I personally have been bothered by this question and I did what every Christian should always do. I searched the Bible and I have found the answers in most vivid presentation with consistency across scriptures which I’m going to share. Interestingly, you can find all answers to every detail of your life in the word of God. The word of God which is the wisdom of God gives us solace and confidence that all of the challenges and questions of life have answers. We just have to ask the Holy Spirit for understanding.
Usually, when you ask anyone this specific question (Where do Christians go after death?), their answer most times like a reflex or cursory action is “Heaven”, “Paradise”, “Abraham’s Bosom.” As a person hungry for knowledge, we must not just accept answers without asking for facts. In this case, facts backed up by the knowledge of God’s word. In this post, I will give us results of my search, I will show us the answers as I have found in the Bible.
In Philippians 1:23, Apostle Paul lays the foundation of the answer to this interesting question. “Php 1:23 For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:”
He says that it is better to be in fellowship with Christ than to live in this world. This infers that at the moment a Christian dies, he is launched into a state of endless bliss and begins an unending and non-disruptive fellowship with Jesus. Apostle Paul also corroborated this fact in;
“2Co 5:8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.”
We can see the answer morphing into a tangible truth. Now let us address the “where” in depth. Jesus when speaking to the thief on His right hand during crucifixion said “Luk 23:43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.”
Jesus here made a promise to the thief who believed in him, that he wouldn’t only be with him (enjoying non-disruptive fellowship), he would be in Paradise. At this point, I want to make a clear distinction between Paradise and Heaven. Some people have confused the terminology.
Paradise is a place of bliss and rest where the righteous dead dwell in the presence of Christ awaiting the resurrection of the body for judgement, final reward and unending life in heaven. I will most likely shed more light on this in a subsequent topic for better understanding.
Moving on, when Jesus returns to this world to rapture the saints, the Bible shows us some interesting revelations in 1 Corinthians 15:55-55.
“1Co 15:51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
1Co 15:52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
1Co 15:53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
1Co 15:54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
1Co 15:55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?”
In verse 52 it says “and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” This tells us that at the point of death, the body of the dead is still in the ground and will be till Jesus returns. It is actually the Spirit of a Christian at the point of death that joins Jesus in paradise and continues in fellowship with Him. On the other hand, when Jesus returns, our corruptible bodies in the grave will be totally changed. They will be transformed into immortal and incorruptible vessels that will join Jesus in the sky. This is supported and corroborated in 1 Thess 4:14-16.
The unrighteous dead however at the point of their death will go into Hades which is a place of continuous torment. In Luke 16:23 the Bible says, “And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.”
Hell in this verse is translated as Hades, a place which explains where the ungodly go after death. It is a place of torment, anguish, pain and regret. This is also supported in 2 Pet 2:9.
It is very clear from this assertions carefully drawn from the Bible that the Christian immediately ascends to Paradise after death and the ungodly into Hades. These facts were drawn from the Bible which is the word of God. We must be careful to live our lives in a way most pleasing to God so as to join Christ in Paradise at the end of our sojourn on earth.
For you reading this post and still dwelling in ungodliness and unrighteousness, this should be an eye-opener for you. It should bring you to your knees crying for mercy. See, the fate of the ungodly is nothing to imagine. It is just plain terrible, you don’t want to be in torment and regret for eternity. God is calling out to you today. Ask Jesus to come into your heart and transform you. He is the way to peace and life. Accept Him into your heart today. Tomorrow may be too late.
Thanks for taking time to read this post. For more of this, you can check our other publications on the website. See you again on Tuesday. God bless.