• Do Christians go immediately to heaven when they die? Question and Answer

    Philippians 1:23-24

    Historically, classical Christian theology speaks of what we call the status intermedius, or the intermediate state. That has to do with where we go immediately upon death, as distinguished from our state after the final resurrection. This is what the New Testament indicates when Paul says that it was more needful for him to stay here for us, but to depart and be with Christ would be far better (Phil. 1:23–24). He indicates that, as soon as we die, our souls go immediately into the presence of Christ. In the intermediate state, however, we are disembodied souls. We won’t have … View Resource

  • What is the relationship between the Holy Spirit’s work and our effort in sanctification? Question and Answer

    Philippians 2:12-13

    I think the best place to go for a one-sentence answer to that is Philippians 2:12-13, where Paul urges the Christians to work out their salvation—which is not working up their salvation, but working out the salvation that God has already worked in. He says, “Work out your salvation in fear and trembling, because it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to do of His good pleasure.” So we fulfill all the responsibilities that God has given to us in His word as we trust in Jesus Christ and seek the help of the … View Resource