If We Go to Heaven When We Die, What Is the Point of Our Resurrection?

Episode 457 Show Notes 

From the Show

If we are waiting for that resurrection, if the dead in Christ will rise first, how come we say when someone has died, they have gone to be with the Lord? Well, we are referring to—and I didn’t learn this until years into my Christian walk—what’s called the intermediate state. When someone dies in Christ today, their body goes into the ground. They are buried. But their spirit, their soul is in the presence of the Lord, with joy, experiencing his goodness in worship.

—Adriel Sanchez

Questions in this Episode

1. I've been taking the time to study the Bible, and your show has been very helpful. My question is, in Romans 3:31, Paul asks if faith nullifies the law. He answers, “Not at all! Rather, we uphold the law.” Does this mean that when our faith is sincere and we start to have victory over sin or do good works, that our works somehow uphold the law? 

2. How should I react to a preacher’s teaching that I do not agree with? 

3. In 1 Kings 19:11–13 God spoke to Elijah through a still small voice. A friend of mine recently indicated that she wanted to hear from God more and that she needs to quiet her mind and wait for His still small voice. Is the way God spoke to Elijah for all believers today? How does God communicate to His children today?

4. When Jesus returns, it says the dead will rise first. But relatives say that when someone has died they have gone to be with the Lord. Can you shed light on that?  

5. I have not been born again very long. I was living with my boyfriend when Jesus came to me. We immediately ceased fornication as we are not married, but we continue to live together. I am currently on a break from work, and I have a daughter from a previous relationship. As I am not working due to a mental health injury I sustained at work, I can not afford to move out. There is absolutely no fornication or anything of that nature. Am I still saved? 

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