The Immortal Soul? Part 10: Absent from the Body, Present with the Lord


In our previous post, we explored Paul’s use of the “naked” metaphor in 2 Corinthians 5:1-4. We discovered that rather than referring to a disembodied soul, Paul was using “nakedness” to describe our current earthly existence – incomplete compared to our future glorified state. But this interpretation raises a question: How does it fit with Paul’s words about being “absent from the body” and “present with the Lord” later in the same chapter? At first glance, these phrases seem to support the traditional view of souls existing apart from the body after death.

The task before us now is to study 2 Corinthians 5:6-8 to unravel this apparent contradiction. It is impossible to correctly understand this passage if we fail to respect the Bible’s definition of “soul.” Whatever we conclude about this passage, it must align with the broader biblical teaching about the human constitution and the resurrection.

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Posted by Eddie Lawrence in Afterlife, Immortality, Misconceptions

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