What Happens When a Believer Dies? Find Out!

Posted: May 3, 2010 in Blessings, Christian Beliefs, The Bible

2 Corinthians 5 1-10

(The text below is from my favorite translation the New American Standard Bible. I’ll break it down using the footnotes of my Key Word Hebrew/Greek Study Bible as a basis.)

The Temporal and Eternal

 1For we know that if the (A)earthly (B)tent which is our house is torn down, we have a building from God, a house (C)not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

 2For indeed in this house we (D)groan, longing to be (E)clothed with our dwelling from heaven,

 3inasmuch as we, having put it on, will not be found naked.

 4For indeed while we are in this tent, we (F)groan, being burdened, because we do not want to be unclothed but to be (G)clothed, so that what is (H)mortal will be swallowed up by life.

 5Now He who prepared us for this very purpose is God, who (I)gave to us the Spirit as a pledge.

 6Therefore, being always of good courage, and knowing that (J)while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord–

 7for (K)we walk by faith, not by sight–

 8we are of good courage, I say, and (L)prefer rather to be absent from the body and (M)to be at home with the Lord.

 9Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be (N)pleasing to Him.

 10For we must all appear before (O)the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.

More accurately the passage begins we know INTUITIVLEY because we are children of God. IF OUR EARTHLY HOUSE OF OUR TENT translated accurately, therefore we know that this earthly body, our flesh and bones which is likened to a tent will be torn down. I.E. when we DIE the Tent frees our true eternal self, our Spirit.

TORN DOWN is formed of one verb (kataluthe) which is made up of the intensive (kata) “down” and the word (luo) “to loose”. In other words our bodies…our tents are going to be loosened when we die, it is in the passive tense so it’s not going to be up to us when our tent is loosened, but up to GOD.

You die because God loosens your physical body from around your spirit. He knows when your time on earth is done, so you can think of death rather as being “loosened by God to eternity”.

This building from God is something that is in the process of BEING BUILT, In other words while we are ALIVE…RIGHT NOW God is building our NEW BODIES our RESSURECTION BODIES!

Our Spirit will be WITHOUT A BODY for a time.

This means that God is building a NEW BODY out of NOTHING that will be ETERNAL and we’ll LOOK like we did before but be COMPLETELY NEW! Right now Father Son and Holy Spirit are making our new body. It will be made directly from GOD because it is a Heavenly Body and we are to be HIS direct Descendents, His Children.

From the moment we become children of God we gain ETERNAL LIFE (ALONOIS) (ZOE) The Life of God becomes our life, in fact we never loose life once we gain eternal life.

ALONOIS is about ETERNAL life…living always…and it is ours.

We go to live in the heavens.

Our Spirit lives eternally and hwen freed from our mortal body goes to Jesus, in His Father’s House, which is In Heaven. In other words when we go to be with the Lord we got to Heaven.

Our Ressurection Body is being made IN HEAVEN.

And in the Rapture he’ll bring Our Spirits and combine them with our Ressurection bodies!

1 Thess 4:13-18.


In Christ,



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