Summary: God’s Word pulls back the curtain and let’s us look over to the other side of death. What happens when a Christian dies?

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What Happens When a Christian Dies?

Series: The Other Side of Death

2 Corinthians 5:1-11

Sermon by Rick Crandall

McClendon Baptist Church - Feb. 21, 2010

*Let’s talk about Heaven. Billy Sunday once said, “If we could get a real appreciation of what heaven is, we would all be so homesick for heaven the devil wouldn't have a friend left on earth.” (1)

*Now, it is impossible for us to fully understand Heaven. As the Bible says in 1 Cor 2:9, “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” But God’s Word does tell us a lot about that wonderful place. God’s Word pulls back the curtain and let’s us look over to the other side of death. What happens when a Christian dies?

1. First: You will have instant admission into Heaven. (2 Cor 5:1-8)

*There is no doubt about it in vs. 1. -- Paul says: “We know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.”

*Christians, our admission into Heaven is so sure in vs. 4 that Paul says we groan for our mortality to be “swallowed up by life.” And in v. 8, “We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.”

*As Jack Van Impe explained: “Nearly 2,000 years ago, Christ came down from heaven's glory to shed His precious blood for the world. He knew no sin, but became sin for us (2 Cor 5:21). Through this substitutionary death, dying for you and me, all who receive this Christ can have the past, present and future stains of sin immediately forgiven, forgotten, obliterated, and liquidated, -- because the blood of Jesus Christ (God's) Son cleanses us from ALL sin. (1John 1:7) (2)

*Years ago, Rosalind Goforth was a well-known missionary in China. Along with her husband Jonathan, she had a wonderful ministry, but for years, Rosalind often felt oppressed by a burden of sin. She felt guilty and dirty, with a sense of spiritual failure.

*Finally one night, she settled at her desk with her Bible and concordance. Rosalind was determined to find out God’s attitude toward the failures, the faults and the sins of his children. At the top of the page she wrote: “What God does with our sins.” Then she searched God’s Word and made a list of 17 truths. Listen to a few of them:

-In Isaiah 53:6, God lays our sins on his Son, Jesus Christ.

-In Psalm 103:12 God takes our sins away as far as East is from West.

-In Eph 1:6-7, we are “accepted in the Beloved.” And “in Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.”

-And in 1 John 1:7, the blood of God’s Son Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin. (3)

*Christian, as soon as you die, you will have instant admission into Heaven, because you are “accepted in the Beloved” and your sins have been cleansed by the blood of God’s Son Jesus Christ!

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