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What Does the Bible Teach About Death and the After Life? — 4 Comments

  1. Thank you for this teaching. It seems to me that the main verse for Christians going to heaven after death that is used nowadays is, "To be absent from the body, is to be present with the Lord," a paraphrase of 2 Cor 5:8.I hear this at non-Adventist funerals. Could you expound on that a little?

    • This is my first response to anyone on here. I'm typically just reading comments.

      Here is my attempt to answer your question. I believe the interpretation of the verse that you gave is just proof texting, not reading the context of the chapter. Or what has been said previously.

      In 2 Cor. 5:1-11, Paul contrasts the earthly perishable body subject to sickness, diseases, and death with the glorious, eternal, immortal body which God has prepared for us in the heavens. The expression "absent from the body" means absent from the mortal body with it's earthly infirmities. The expression "present with the Lord" means present in the glorious immortal body received at Jesus second coming. 2 Cor 5:4 gives us a clue... when the apostle longs for "mortality to be swallowed up of life" These words echo the words Paul wrote earlier in 1 Cor. 15:51-54 "we shall put on incorruption and this mortal must put on immortality," In 2 Cor. 5 and 1 Cor 15 Paul longs for the immortality bestowed at Jesus Second Coming. See also 2 Timothy 4:6-8
      If we walk by faith, and not by sight as mention in 2 Cor. 5, he wants to be absent from his body and present with the Lord. He talks about the earthly house in verse 1 and verse 6 states "at home in the body" The earthly house is the earthly body. That is mortal and can be destroyed. So I don't see the context has having to do with death, but a desire for the Lord to return and be in the new incorruptible body.
      Ellen White speaks about the 2 Cor 5:8 verse as well and much better than I can. https://m.egwwritings.org/en/book/1311.938#938
      Hope this helps. 🙂

      • Eric, many thanks for your clear succinct reply and also for the reference you supplied. It was a great blessing.


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