I hold to the Reformed position that, although the body is non-functional, we do go to be with Christ.(whether you call it the afterlife or the intermediate state) There are several reasons for this:
Jesus told the thief on the cross, "Truly I say to you, Today you will be with me in Paradise." (Luke 23: 43) A man 'in the throes of death' would not waste words saying what should be obvious to the one spoken to. So I believe it is logical, reasonable, and grammatical to say the comma is placed correctly in my quote above. We also have both evidence from the Older Testament (though not as clear cut as the NT) and solid Newer Testament references, such as Luke 8:49 - 56, 2 Corinthians 5: 1 - 10, and 1 Thessalonians 4: 13 - 18. The clearest scripture on the matter is probably Philippians 1: 19 - 26, where Paul claims, to live is Christ and to die is gain, and dying causes one to be with Christ:
for I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayers and the provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ.
according to my earnest expectation and hope, that I will not be put to shame in anything, but that with all boldness, Christ will even now, as always, be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.
For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.
But if I am to live on in the flesh, this will mean fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which to choose.
But I am hard-pressed from both directions, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better;
yet to remain on in the flesh is more necessary for your sake.
Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy in the faith,
so that your proud confidence in me may abound in Christ Jesus through my coming to you again.
"Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the office of a thoroughly nasty business concern." ~~C.S. Lewis
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15
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