What happens immediately after you die? I know that most people don’t like to think about dying, but really—we should. It is, after all, going to happen to every one of us.
To help us in our thinking about what happens after we die, we can go to the Bible. The apostle Paul was one that thought a great deal about the afterlife, and one of his best passages is in 2 Corinthians 5.
Before we read our passage, you need to understand a little bit about the future. The bodies that we have now are doomed to decay and die. But if you believe in Jesus Christ, he has promised you a new body—a resurrection body.
This resurrection body will be given to every believer when Jesus returns. The Bible says—
51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 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. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. (1 Corinthians 15:51–53)
This is a promise that we can depend on, because it’s a promise from God. All believers will be given new, glorified resurrection bodies when Jesus returns.
But wait. What happens to you between the time you die and the time Jesus returns? What happens immediately after you die? To start to answer that question, we turn to Paul in 2 Corinthians 5—