2 Corinthians 5:1-10 NLT.. 6 So we are always confident and know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord.
As Disciples we confidently know that our souls [we] are in our body and neither body nor soul is in our heavenly home with Jesus. “Even though the body is destined to die because of sin, unless the Lord returns first, the Spirit gives eternal life to the Disciples body today so that they may serve God [A, B & C].” [D]
8 In fact, we are confident, and we* would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. [*our soul]
V.8 makes it clear when we die our soul will leave this body and will immediately be at home with Jesus. Paul also said when a Disciple dies they will “depart and be with Christ for that is very much better” [E] “Therefore, since we also have such a large cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us lay aside every hindrance and the sin that so easily ensnares us. Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us,” [F] Dr. Vines said this is a picture of a large group of saints whose souls are already in heaven. These witnesses are encouraging Disciples today to lay aside sin and run the race of life with endurance–finishing strong. [G]
Then at the rapture all the believers in Jesus will be resurrected; those who are alive and those whose bodies are in the grave will be resurrected and joined with their soul already in heaven. [H]
9 Therefore, whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to be pleasing to him. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each may be repaid for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.
VV.8-9 says that Disciples aim is to please God on earth in preparation for the judgment seat of Disciples in heaven. This judgment is described as our works being tried by fire. [I & J]
Do you desire to please the Lord and be prepared for the judgment seat in heaven?
Notes: A- Romans 8:9-11,16; B- 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; C- Ephesians 1:13-14, D- The Bible Commentary NT by Warren Wiersbe order here; E- Philippians 1:23b; F- Hebrews 12:1; G- From the Believer’s guide to Hebrews by Jerry Vines p. 200, order here; H- No Fear in death; I- Heaven with crowns or burning coattails; J- Rewards Revelation 22:12, Hebrews 11:26,1 Corinthians 9:24-25, 2 Corinthians 4:16-18, 5:9-10,2 Timothy 4:7-8, Galatians 6:9,Matthew 25:23;
Henry Luke 5/6/2018
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