By Charles H. Welch
ABSENT. The meaning and implications of the apostle’s words ‘absent from the body’, found in 2 Corinthians 5:8, will be better understood if studied in their wider association with such subjects as HOPE, PRIZE and RESURRECTION, to which articles the reader is directed. See also Doctrinal Analysis, RESURRECTION
The only comment that seems called for here, is that Paul did not announce as a doctrine, ‘Absent from the body is to be present with the Lord’, which is the interpretation foisted on the passage by wishful thinking.