The Scriptures affirm the conscious existence of both the righteous and the wicked after death and prior to the resurrection. In the intermediate state the soul is without a body, yet this state is for the righteous a state of conscious joy and for the wicked a state of conscious suffering.
It is plain from <520416>1 Thess. 4:16, 17 and <461552>1 Corinthians 15:52, that the righteous do not receive the spiritual body at death. An interval is intimated between Paul?s time and the rising of those who slept. The rising will occur, in the future ?at the last trump.? So the resurrection of the wicked had not yet occurred in any single case ( <550218>2 Timothy 2:18 ? it was an error to say that the resurrection was ?past already?); it was yet future
( <430528>John 5:28-30 ? ?the hour cometh? ? ejrcetai w[ra , not kai< nu~n ejstin ? ?now is,? as in verse 25; <442415>Acts 24:15 ? ?there shall be a resurrection? ? ajnastasin me>llin ejsesqai ). Christ was the first fruits ( <461520>1 Corinthians 15:20, 23). If the saints had received the spiritual body at death, the patriarchs would have been raised before Christ. 1. Of the righteous, it is declared:
(a) The soul of the believer, at its separation from the body, enters the presence of Christ.
<470501> 2 Corinthians 5:1-8 ? ?if the earthly house of our tabernacle be dissolved, we have a building from God, a house not made with hand and eternal in the heavens. For verily in this we groan, longing to be clothed upon with our habitation which is from heaven: if so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked. For indeed we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened; not for that we would be unclothed, but that we would be clothed upon, that what is mortal may be swallowed up in life...willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be at home with the Lord.? Paul hopes to escape the violent separation of soul and body (the being ?unclothed?) by living till the coming of the Lord, and then putting on the heavenly body, as it were, over the present one ejpendu>sasqai yet whether he lived till Christ?s coming or not, he knew that the soul, when it left the body, would be at home with the Lord.
<422343> Luke 23:43 ? ?Today shalt thou be with me in Paradise?; <431403>John 14:3 ? ?And if I go and prepare a place for you, come again, and will receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also?; <550418>2 Timothy 4:18 ? ?The Lord will deliver me from every evil work, and will save me unto [or, ?into?] his heavenly kingdom? = will save me and put
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