Luke 12 Lesson

What Happens To Us When We Die?


This question has been plaguing man since the beginning of time! Different people believe different things.

Buddhists, for example, believe in reincarnation.

According to an article written by the BBC:

  • “Christians and Muslims both believe that when they die, God judges them, and their souls go to a place of reward or punishment. Christians call this heaven or hell. Catholic Christians believe in purgatory, which is a place for people who are not evil enough for eternal punishment in hell, but not good enough for heaven. In purgatory, they are purified to be accepted into heaven.”

If we ask people from all over the world what they think happens to them when they die, we will get all kinds of different answers. As Christians, we should not concern ourselves with what the world says about the afterlife. The world is not who will judge us, God is!

  • “It is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment .” - Hebrews 9:27.

As Christians, our source for the truth about salvation is the inspired Word of God!

Paul wrote to Timothy,

  • “All Scripture is inspired by God and beneficial for teaching, for rebuke, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man or woman of God may be fully capable, equipped for every good work.” - 2 Timothy 3:16-17.

Therefore, it is critical to our salvation that we understand what the Bible says is going to happen to us when we die. Equally important, what it does not say.


In Mathew’s Gospel, he records the following words spoken by Jesus:

  • “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. ” – Mathew 7:13-14.

It is important to notice that Jesus says, “Only a few find it.” This should put all of us on notice. Being “nice” is not enough to save us. We must obey the Gospel! To do that, we need to understand what the Bible says.

Somebody asked Jesus, “Lord, are there just a few who are being saved?” Jesus answered:

  • “Strive to enter by the narrow door; for many, I tell seek to enter and will not be able. Once the head of the house gets up and shuts the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock on the door, saying, ‘Lord, open up to us!’ then He will answer and say to you, ‘I do not know where you are from.’ Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets;’ and He will say, “I tell you, I do not know where you are from; depart from Me, all you evildoers.’ There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” – Luke 13:24-28.

Knowing that many more are going to perish than will be saved should ignite a fire within us to make sure we are doing everything that is required to be saved.  But where do we start?


  1. Believe in Jesus. “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.” – Acts 16:31
  2. Confess our belief in Him. “For with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth, he confesses, resulting in salvation.” – Romans 10:10
  3. Repent (turn away from) of our sins. “Unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” – Luke 13:3
  4. Be baptized. Baptism now saves you—not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience—through the resurrection of Jesus Christ .” – 1 Peter 3:21 and “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. ” – Mark 16:16
  5. Obey God’s commandments. “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. – Mathew 7:21


Simply put, heaven will be paradise! In heaven, there is no pain, no crime, no tears, and no sorrow. It is more beautiful than anything we can imagine. Consider the following four verses:

  1. And He said to him, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.” - Luke 23:43.
  2. “And He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain.” - Revelation 21:3-4.
  3. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.” -John 14:2.
  4. “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” -Roman 8:18 .


As we study God’s word, now is the perfect time to reexamine our priorities, and recommit ourselves to Jesus. If there is anything that we need to do relative to our salvation, now is the time to act! 

We will end today’s lesson with the following scripture. It warns us not to delay matters of the soul:

  • “For you, yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord is coming just like a thief in the night While they are saying, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction will come upon them like labor pains upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.  But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness, so that the day would overtake you like a thief; for you are all sons of light and sons of day. We are not of night nor of darkness; so then, let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who are drunk, get drunk at night.  But since we are of the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faithand love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep, we will live together with Him.  Therefore, encourage one another and build one another up, just as you also are doing.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:2-11.


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Can somebody please explain to me what it means to fear the Lord. I don't understand, maybe it's my understanding of fear. I don't want to be afraid of GOD. I'm trying so hard to understand his word and get true meaning out of it, I know it would bring great change in me. Thankyou


Hi Michelle,

God is love.

"Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love." - 1 John 4:7-8.

However, God does allow us to be tempted by Satan, as He did with Jesus, for our own spiritual growth and development.

God also will discipline those that He loves.

"For the Lord disciplines the one he loves,
and chastises every son whom he receives." - Hebrews 12:6.

Solomon wrote at the end of Ecclesiastes:

"The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person."

Because God is a just and righteous God, He will not permit those that choose sin and desires of the flesh over Him to enter heaven. They will be sent to hell forever and will suffer greatly. That is where a healthy respect, or fear, can help us to stay on the straight and narrow path that leads to salvation.

There are two motivations for us to follow God.

1) Positive reinforcement. If we follow God's commandments, we can look forward to spending eternity with God and Jesus in heaven. Heaven will be more beautiful and glorious than our human minds can comprehend.
2) Negative reinforcement. Fear of punishment is a great motivator. Spending eternity in hell should motivate us to make godly decisions.

If we put God first and follow Jesus, we have nothing to worry about. If we do not, we should fear the just consequences of our actions that will be enforced by God.

I hope that helps a little Michelle.


Yes thankyou very much. Now I understand