I thought I read in the New Testament that Jesus says, "I'm going to heaven to prepare a place for you. If it was not true I would not say so." I can't locate that passage now. Is it in the Bible? I want to reply to a Protestant who does not believe that we go to heaven when we die but must wait for the second coming of Jesus.
The passage is John 14:3: “And when I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself.” So I don’t think this one will help. However, Luke 23:43 hits the target squarely: “This day you will be with me in paradise.” Basically what you are dealing with is the particular judgment rather than the general judgment. Read more about the particular judgement at: www.newadvent.org.
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