Question / Comment - Do Christians go straight to Heaven when they die?
I believe born again Christians go to heaven upon death. I have a friend who is not sure. Could you give me some scriptures to study and give to him.
 
JPN Reply:

Hi,

thanks for the email and the question. Here are a few scriptures for you to study that should help show that born again Christians do go to be with the Lord when they die.

Luke 23:43 - The promise of Jesus that the thief who repented would be in Paradise with Him that same day.

2 Cor 5:8 - Paul clearly says that to be absent from the body (ie death) means being present with the Lord.

Phil 1:23 - Paul desired to depart (from this life through death) and be with Christ in Heaven.

1 Thes 4:13-17 - note vs 14.Jesus, when he returns from Heaven will bring the Christians with Him that have died. ie Believers that have died are currently in Heaven with Jesus and He will bring them when He returns

Heb 12:23 - specifically says that the spirits of righteous men are in the New Jerusalem (Heaven) already.

Rev 6:9-10, 7:9-14 - We see that those who have died during the tribulation are then seen to be in Heaven before the throne.

Hope this helps.