Did Paul really say, “To be absent from
the body IS to be present with the Lord”? It’s time to UNLEARN the lies. UNLEARN Hey, welcome to UNLEARN. My name is Lex, I’d like to invite you to
join us each week as we UNLEARN the lies and dig deeper into the truth of God’s Word. If that sounds interesting to you, then subscribe
to this channel and click the bell to be notified when new teachings are available. Now, let’s get started. I would venture to say that one of the most
commonly misquoted verses in the Bible is 2 Corinthians 5:8. I cannot tell you how many times I have heard
people say, “to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.” That’s not what Paul wrote, but it’s what
many people say to defend their belief that we go immediately to heaven when we die. With that in mind, look at what the verse
in question actually says. “We are confident, yes, well pleased rather
to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.” – 2 Corinthians 5:8 Do you see the difference? Paul is not claiming that absence from the
body equals presence with the Lord. He is simply expressing his desire and preference
to be absent from the body because of his greater desire to be present with the Lord. He understands the limitations of his mortal
earthly body, and he is expressing his desire to be in the presence of the Lord, which requires
the shedding of this mortal body. We also need to look at the context of this
verse to better understand what he is trying to express. Paul begins this chapter by speaking about
the new body we will receive in the resurrection. “For we know that if our earthly house,
this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal
in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to
be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven, if indeed, having been clothed, we
shall not be found naked. For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened,
not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up
by life.” – 2 Corinthians 5:1-4 He compares our earthly body do a tent, and
says when this tent is destroyed we have a better body waiting for us. Notice that he makes it clear that we do not
want to be “unclothed” or “found naked”, indicating that he is not talking about being
disembodied spirits, but “further clothed” with our immortal body from heaven, speaking
about the new body we will receive at the resurrection. Remember, this is his second letter to the
Corinthians, and in his first letter, Paul spent a significant amount of time explaining
the resurrection and the new bodies we will receive when Messiah returns. This provides context for understanding what
is being said in 2 Corinthians 5:8. Paul is not teaching something contrary to
what he taught in his first epistle, he is expanding upon it and drawing from it. “But someone will say, ‘How are the dead
raised up? And with what body do they come?’ Foolish one, what you sow is not made alive
unless it dies. And what you sow, you do not sow that body
that shall be, but mere grain – perhaps wheat or some other grain. But God gives it a body as He pleases, and
to each seed its own body.” – 1 Corinthians 15:35-38 Notice he says in the resurrection we receive
a new body, but our old body must first die. This does not imply that we instantly receive
our new body at death. He simply says the old must first die. He continues to explain that the new body
is received at the resurrection. “So also is the resurrection of the dead. The body is sown in corruption, it is raised
in incorruption. It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. It is sown a natural body, it is raised a
spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual
body.” – 1 Corinthians 15:42-44 This was the foundation he laid in his first
letter to Corinth, so when they read his words about wanting to be absent from the body and
having his earthly tent destroyed, they would have understood that he was speaking about
death, and when he said he wanted to receive the heavenly clothing and to be in the presence
of the Lord, they would have understood this to be a reference to the resurrection. Paul also explains that we need a new body
because our current body is in the image of Adam, but our new heavenly body will be in
the likeness of Yeshua. “The first man was of the earth, made of
dust; the second Man is the Lord from heaven. As was the man of dust, so also are those
who are made of dust; and as is the heavenly Man, so also are those who are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the man
of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man. Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood
cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption.” – 1 Corinthians 15:47-50 Receiving our new spiritual body is vital
because our current fleshly body cannot inherit the Kingdom of God, which is why Paul expressed
a desire to shed his body so that he could be in the presence of the Lord. “We are confident, yes, well pleased rather
to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.” – 2 Corinthians 5:8 We are confident and well pleased in knowing
that we will someday shed our mortal flesh and enter the presence of the Lord eternally. But as Paul explains, we don’t want to be
unclothed but further clothed, because we must receive our heavenly body to enter the
kingdom of God. This happens at the resurrection when Messiah
returns. “Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall
not all sleep, but we shall all be changed – in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye,
at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will
be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption,
and this mortal must put on immortality.” – 1 Corinthians 15:51-53 Notice it’s at the last trumpet when the
dead are raised that we all receive our immortal bodies together. This is a communal event in which the entire
body of Christ receives immortality together. We don’t enter the kingdom as individuals,
we enter as the united body of believers. That is why “WE are confident and well pleased”
that WE will be in the presence of the Lord, knowing that we must first shed this mortal
body before we can receive our new immortal body at the resurrection. SHARE THE TRUTH
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51 thoughts on “Absent from the body present with the Lord”

  1. 2 Peter 3:15-17, And count the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, as he does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters. There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures. You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability.

    I love these teaching videos from Lex!

  2. I've been in church for years and have seen much of the bible taken out of text . And when I hear people say every body intercept the bible differently that is a cop out . The bible is put right in front of your face . Read it and take it as it is . And that is hard to do .

  3. Isn’t it amazing how certain verses get twisted… then get cemented into peoples minds then presented as factual… smooth job Lex! 👍

  4. I always took that verse to mean that when we are keeping ourselves from the desires of the flesh, that we are walking in His Way. Idk that im right, but thats along the lines of what it means to me.

  5. well I'll be darned!
    if you read the whole section of scripture in context, that's exactly what Paul is saying!
    just like lex is saying!
    this is fantastic – thank you for teaching this
    (now…. I wonder what implications this has…)

  6. The dead believers in Christ in the graves wait for the ressurection of their bodies, but their spirit is indeed with the Lord. In other words: The body is the only part which is not redeeemed yet. This will take place at the return of our Lord Jesus Christ, just like it's written:
    "For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
    But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming (1. Corinthians 15, 22-23 / KJV)
    A human being is not just made of a physical body, but body, soul and spirit (1. Thessalonians 5,23 / KJV)

  7. Thank you for sharing! I’m a Christian discovering Torah and it’s amazing how many simple things we misunderstand.

  8. I have your book Immortal… Excellent book… best I've read explaining this subject and others as well. God has really blessed you with understanding on this and other topics.

  9. Thank you! Only yesterday a friend shared this verse with me and I told him that I would check it out.
    I shared your video with him. Your thoughts on the video have brought clarity for me. My friends explanation is different.

  10. Wow, thank you. Another question answered. I couldn't put that verse together with how the soul goes to Sheol first while waiting for Judgment Day. Or am I misunderstanding? I would appreciate your take on this Lex.

  11. I think “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain” verse could’ve precept with these verse as well or maybe I missed it. It came to mind while Lex was teaching

  12. The Holy Spirit lives in the body of the believer. When our soul leaves this body the Holy Spirit will be with us forever and we will be cared for until we receive our new bodies not made with hands.

  13. Unlearn the lies with more lies? Sorry but you are teaching people not according to what the bible says. You can't interpret a scripture without confirming or denying it with other scriptures. Paul means what he says. He didn't say clothed with our new resurrected body. You added that and it is not there. He says clothed in the house of the Lord, clothed in immortality, in a heavenly home. He is not talking about the resurrection with our new body. 2 Corinthians 5:1 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. When we die we immediately are clothed in immortality in heaven and in the presence of the Lord. The souls in Revelation 20 are the saints who are absent from the body and reigning with Christ now. Who do you think Jesus brings back with him to be joined with their bodies at the last day, at the resurrection? 1 Thessalonians 4:14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. Those who are sleeping in their graves, the righteous dead, are brought back with Jesus. These are the souls of those who died and went directly to be with the Lord. How could he bring them back if they are waiting in their graves for the resurrection? What does Ephesians 2 say? Ephesians 2:19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
    20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; 21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord How could the saints and prophets that have died be the foundation, living stones, of the Holy temple, the church if they are dead and waiting in their graves? The building, the church groweth it does not say will be grown or built or put together at the resurrection. There souls are living with Christ in heaven now and again they will come back with Jesus at the last day to join their resurrected bodies, face the judgment, as we all must do, and then be glorified in the kingdom of heaven, the bride of the Lamb, the new Jerusalem, the church of the living God. David said he would dwell in the house of the Lord, the church, forever.

  14. Great teaching. I always wondered if paul was refering to how we will all be changed in a twinkling of a eye when he was referring to " to be absent from the body is to be present to the lord" verse. Because When I die I might be dead for 300 years, but to me it might be like just waking up after I fell asleep. Not that we die then are with the lord instantly, but it will seem that way. I don't know for sure though. Thanks for the teaching🙂

  15. It's high time to stop this overly used and abuse line, " what does Paul actually saying." It's best you rewrite all of Paul's letters so that we can truly understand what to make of Paul's writings… I don't usually here for example what did Yahshua mean, what did Hosea mean, what did Job mean, or what did Moses mean. The Bible is written in a very simple to understand why. However Paul is different because so many people try to make him say and write things that soothe their believe system.

    Be honest with yourself and call Paul for what he is, and stop confusing yourself…. Paul writings belongs in the scriptures, and there is a very good reason Yahweh allowed it

  16. One other comment on this. 1 Corinthians 5:51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
    52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible, (we who are alive), must put on incorruption, and this mortal (we who are alive) must put on immortality. The living are changed from corruptible to incorruptible and from mortal to immortal.

    Notice how he says the dead shall be raised incorruptible, it does not say they shall put on immortality. The dead have already put on immortality when they died as Paul stated in 2 Corinthians 5:4 For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life. Notice mortality is swallowed up, erased, gone and what is left is immortality, they are clothed in immortality when the body is dissolved, when the body dies. This shows again that we put on immortality and go to live in the house of heaven right after we die. If someone has a scripture, not opinion, that shows I am in error I will gladly listen as I am always willing to learn the truth.

  17. Paul writes this because he knows that after death, his next conscious thought will be, to be present with the Lord, when raised from the dead at the second advent.

  18. Shalom
    Paul was a murderer.
    There is no redemption for a murderer according to the Torah.
    -Rabbi Mort
    Numbers 35:31
    You shall not accept ransom for the life of a murderer, who is guilty of death, for he shall be put to death. לאוְלֹֽא־תִקְח֥וּ כֹ֨פֶר֙ לְנֶ֣פֶשׁ רֹצֵ֔חַ אֲשֶׁר־ה֥וּא רָשָׁ֖ע לָמ֑וּת כִּי־מ֖וֹת יוּמָֽת

  19. Thank you for proclaiming the resurrection. The Lord graciously transformed my paradigm just over 10 years ago and now the Bible makes so much more sense to me. The puzzle pieces fit together, from Genesis to Revelation. You really learn about the coat of discipleship when you proclaim the truth about death, resurrection, and conditional immortality, though!

  20. Rev. 11:19 tells us where the Ark of the Covenant is. (Found in the Kingdom of Heaven ).
    Jesus tells us : the kingdom of heaven is found “within”.
    Kinda like when Jacob “SAW” G-d at the garden of pineal. THIS the church does not want us to know.
    Thank you almighty Father! King of Kings!
    May YOUR truth continue to pour over ALL OF HUMANITY!
    Be blessed!

  21. 1 Corinthians 15:51-53. 'We' is stressed. Collectively 'WE' shall not all sleep, 'WE' shall all be changed. Very good point. One easily overlooked.

  22. Hi Lex and Amanda
    Love your teaching and your Sabbath service. I’m trying to find where we give to support what your doing.
    We listen every Tuesday, Thursday and on Sabbath. I may have over looked it. I’m just not tech savvy.

  23. This is just another example of the abundant false teaching found in the world of Evangelicals. Those who call themselves "Evangelicals" are modern day false believers and the Evangelical preachers are modern day Pharisees i.e. false teachers. The word Evangelical is not a biblical word as there is no Greek word in the New Testament that is defined as or can be translated into the made up English word " Evangelical."
    Lex is biblical correct in this video. He actually studies Scripture and presents the truth. While I haven't watched all of his video teachings, the ones I have seen are always biblical accurate. If you want to learn more truth, watch more of his teaching.
    It is fact that in these days the only place to find bible teachers who have been truly called by God to teach the truth can only be found, outside of some individuals scattered around the country, on the internet. You will never be taught bible truth in any of the mainstream church buildings. Throughout the history of mankind the actual numbers of true preachers and true believers has always been small in number. If you go to an "Evangelical" church, non-denominational, Catholic, Baptist or any mainstream, culturally acceptable church, do yourself a huge favor and quit going. You are not, will not be taught biblical truth. Search the net for more teachers like Lex and then you can know what to believe what Scripture actually teaches.

  24. Hi Lex. Just a quick question: what does it mean when Paul says that a woman will be saved through childbearing in 1 Timothy 2:15.

    Thank you, and Shabbat shalom!

  25. @Cole Parker

    If the dead don’t immediately go to heaven, how did Moses and Elijah appear at the transfiguration?

    How can Moses and Elijah have been present at the transfiguration if they are waiting for the resurrection?

    The thief on the cross said “Jesus, remember me when You come into Your kingdom!” 43 And Jesus said to him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with Me in Paradise. That doesn't look like the thief will be soul sleeping. Does God lie in Holy Scripture? When people are unconscious at death is that eternal life?

  26. I disagree completely. When you die, your spirit goes to be with the Lord. It doesn't stay in a rotting body in a grave. It goes on one side of the gulf or the other awaiting the Millennial. You have to look up the original Hebrew.

  27. Paul was basically saying to go from the old covenant to the new covenant.
    Leaving the body of Adam/Moses which was the Law and OC and going on to the Body Of Christ which is the new coveant…
    Read Hebrews chapter 9
    The natural body is the body of Adam/Moses The Spiritul body is the Body Of Christ

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