The First Minute After We Die

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What HappensThe First Minute After We Die?

Have you ever wondered what happens the first minute after we die?  I think when Jesus is on the cross is one of the clearest declarations ever that we will be in heaven.  Billy Graham once quoted that as we take our last breath here, we take the next breath in heaven.  You may have read other indications from the Bible that tell us what happens the first minute after we die, but here is how Billy Graham answers that question.  The Last Breath On This Earth

Q:

What happens to us in the first minute after we die? Do we enter heaven immediately, or do our souls go into some kind of a sleep until the end of time, when our souls and our bodies will be reunited? I’ve always had lots of questions about heaven.


A:

The Bible doesn’t answer all our questions about heaven and life after death—and the reason is because our minds are limited and heaven is far too glorious for us to understand. Some day, all of our questions will be answered—but not yet. As the Apostle Paul wrote, “Now I know in part; then I shall know fully” (1 Corinthians 13:12).

However, the Bible certainly does indicate that when we die we enter immediately into God’s presence if we belong to Christ. From our earthly point of view, death looks somewhat like sleep—but not from God’s point of view. Paul declared, “We are confident (of eternal life), I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8). Elsewhere he wrote, “I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far” (Philippians 1:23).

Later, we will be given new bodies—bodies that will never age or be subject to death, because they will be like Christ’s resurrection body. As the Bible says, “The dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed” (1 Corinthians 15:52).

Is your hope in Christ? Death is a reality—but so is God’s offer of salvation in Christ. Don’t put off your decision for Him, because you could be called into eternity at any moment—and then it will be too late.

That All Ecstatic First Minute After We Die

I think that first minute after we die will be indescribable.  Like Billy Graham said above, there is much our minds cannot handle or understand right now, so we can only hope to have a small glimpse of what is to come.  Despite life’s challenges, that thought gives me hope.

 


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