Upon Death, People’s Souls Go Somewhere Instantly
Case 12: God's Plan for the Future
At the moment a person's body dies, where does his soul go?
At death, a believer's soul goes into the presence of the Lord, but an unbeliever's soul goes to hell. 2 Corinthians 5:8 – We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.
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When a person dies, his soul is instantly separated from his body. His physical body returns to dust for a time, but his eternal soul goes somewhere else, immediately.
The Apostle Paul was confident that for him to be absent from his body was to be “present with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8). So if you know a Christian who has died, his or her body might be in the ground, but you can be sure that a Christian’s soul is with the Lord.
The souls of unbelieving people do not enjoy the presence of the Lord. Instead, their souls immediately go to a place called hell.
Luke 16 teaches us that a beggar named Lazarus went into “Abraham’s bosom.” To a Jew, being in close fellowship with Father Abraham was a way of referring to paradise and incredible happiness. We can understand“Abraham’s bosom” in this passage to mean heaven.
But the rich man’s soul went to hell. It was probably a shock for Jewish listeners to hear about any Jew going to hell, because they had been taught that they were God’s chosen people. They also thought God made people rich when He was pleased with them.
But things are not always as they seem! For one’s soul and eternity, what matter most is not his wealth, nor his heritage. What really matters is one’s relationship to Jesus Christ. Believers have Christ’s righteousness and are accepted by God. Those who reject Christ will die in their sins.
It was only the rich man’s soul that was in hell, but he could still feel the pain and thirst. When the soul leaves the body, that is death for the body. But that soul will still be able to think and feel. The soul is eternal.