Big Tent

We have heard this:

2 Corinthians 5:6 (KJV) –  Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:

But it really means this:

2 Corinthians 5:1-9 (The Message Bible) 

For instance, we know that when these bodies of ours are taken down like tents and folded away, they will be replaced by resurrection bodies in heaven — God-made, not handmade — and we’ll never have to relocate our “tents” again. 

Sometimes we can hardly wait to move — and so we cry out in frustration. Compared to what’s coming, living conditions around here seem like a stopover in an unfurnished shack, and we’re tired of it! We’ve been given a glimpse of the real thing, our true home, our resurrection bodies!

 (The Spirit of God whets our appetite by giving us a taste of what’s ahead. He puts a little of heaven in our hearts so that we’ll never settle for less.) 

That’s why we live with such good cheer. You won’t see us drooping our heads or dragging our feet! Cramped conditions here don’t get us down. They only remind us of the spacious living conditions ahead.

 It’s what we trust in but don’t yet see that keeps us going. Do you suppose a few ruts in the road or rocks in the path are going to stop us? When the time comes, we’ll be plenty ready to exchange exile for homecoming.

 But neither exile nor homecoming is the main thing. Cheerfully pleasing God is the main thing, and that’s what we aim to do, regardless of our conditions.

The literal says this:

2 Corinthians 5:6 (Young’s Literal) – having courage, then, at all times, and knowing that being at home in the body, we are away from home from the Lord, –

 What we know is that everything is context. And we also know that Jesus said He would never leave us or forsake us. So we are not away, or absent, from Him. This is a direct contradiction to what we have been told this verse says.

What is true is that we are not yet in our resurrection bodies, which He will give us. This verse does not mean that when we die, we go to heaven to be with Him.