absent from the body

2 Corinthians 5:8

5:8 absent from the body. Even though being “absent from the body” is not as good as being in the future resurrection body, it is still something to be anticipated by the Christian with joy, for “to depart, and to be with Christ…is far better” (Philippians 1:23). “To die” for the Christian “is gain” (Philippians 1:21). In heaven with Christ, our spirits—though without physical bodies—will be distinct and recognizable, in some way still bearing our likenesses. This was true, for example, of the spirits of Samuel and Moses (I Samuel 28:11-14; Matthew 17:3), and also, in Christ’s parable, of the spirits of Abraham and Lazarus (Luke 16:22-25).

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