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Scriptures. The passage before us is a case in point.
Over and over again
it is quoted as though it read:
'Absent from the body is to be present with the Lord'; whereas, instead
of making an assertion, the apostle expressed a choice between two
'We are confident, I say, and willing Rather to be absent from the
body, and to be present with the Lord' (2 Cor. 5:8).
His ground of confidence was in God Who hath wrought us for the self -
same thing, Who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit. Nowhere
in Scripture do we learn that we have been thus 'wrought' in order to attain
unto an intermediate or unclothed state; nowhere in Scripture do we learn
that we have received the earnest of the Spirit for an intermediate state,
but always for resurrection glory. This is the background of all that the
apostle has said in 2 Corinthians 5. The tent or earthly house in which we
now pass our pilgrimage will one day be dissolved or taken down, but the
blessed alternative is not some 'unclothed' condition, but a building of God,
an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. The goal of the
apostle's desire was 'that mortality might be swallowed up of life'. This
figure is a repeat of 1 Corinthians 15:54 where we read:
'So When this corruptible shall have put on incorruption (which refers
to those who have died), and this mortal shall have put on immortality
(which refers to those still living at the time), Then (and not till
then) shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is
swallowed up in victory'.
Whether there be an intermediate state or not is not discussed in 2
Corinthians 5. All we know from that chapter is that an 'unclothed'
condition was something which the apostle did not desire, and it satisfies
our intentions in this Analysis, if the positive teaching of any word or
doctrine examined shall be demonstrated and accepted. A parallel passage is
found in Philippians 1:23 and is discussed under the heading Depart .
Further light can be received by pondering the meaning of the Saviour's
words, 'This day shalt thou be with Me in paradise' (see Paradise7), which
quotation we purposely leave here, unpunctuated. Three other articles should
be considered where a greater range of teaching is possible, namely
Immortality (p. 316); Resurrection4,7; and Soul7. Sidelights will also be
found in pondering Sleep7 and the articles entitled Immortality of the soul
in The Berean Expositor Vol. 1. May 'the blessed hope' in all its Scriptural
splendour be ever before our renewed minds. Let us set our affection on
things above where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
Account. Logizomai which is translated 'account' is also rendered 'reckon'
and 'impute'. This aspect of the term is considered under the heading,
Reckoning7, which see. There are eight occurrences of the word, 'account' in
which the Greek word so rendered is logos where it is used of 'giving
account' as of a stewardship, which must here be given a place. The passages
are as follows: