Die and go Where? Apr 17, 2018 8:59:13 GMT -6 via mobile
Post by venge on Apr 17, 2018 8:59:13 GMT -6
He is talking about earthly, fleshly bodies and heavenly, glorified bodies. Perhaps it would be helpful for you to read a modern English translation to understand it better?
2 Corinthians 5:1-10
For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. 2 We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing. 3 For we will put on heavenly bodies; we will not be spirits without bodies. 4 While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh, but it’s not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life. 5 God himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee he has given us his Holy Spirit.
6 So we are always confident, even though we know that as long as we live in these bodies we are not at home with the Lord. 7 For we live by believing and not by seeing. 8 Yes, we are fully confident, and we would rather be away from these earthly bodies, for then we will be at home with the Lord. 9 So whether we are here in this body or away from this body, our goal is to please him. 10 For we must all stand before Christ to be judged. We will each receive whatever we deserve for the good or evil we have done in this earthly body.
When I refer to clothing, I am referring to our heavenly body vs our earthly. I am not in disagreement there.
Edit: should also say, with that translation, it is still not saying when you die you go straight to heaven. That is an assumption.
Using that version, it is only defining once dead we would eventually be with the Lord. Not right at the moment of death. Rather be with the Lord is looking into the future with an unknown time frame. Because of that, one cannot say for a surety that this verse implies death directly to the Lord. It simply doesn’t. That is what some hope, not what is written.