Gracie asked: I know I’m saved, but where will my soul go when I depart from this life? Will I stay asleep in the ground until Jesus comes, or will I go straight to Heaven?
What happens to the soul after death is a puzzle, especially because everyone who has experienced death can’t come back to tell us what it’s like! Thankfully, God has given us insight into what takes place. Paul wrote that he “would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord” which seems to indicate that as soon as the soul departs the body, it goes to be with God (2 Corinthians 5:8).
Jesus gave the clearest answer to this question when he addressed the sinner nailed next to him on the cross and said, “Today you will be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:43). Jesus said that on the day they died, that sinner would be in Heaven with Jesus.
For the believer, when we die, we will go to God’s presence in Heaven and wait for his Second Coming, when Jesus will return to earth, with us, to set up His new kingdom!