Outreach Israel Ministries
7 November, 2019

2 Corinthians 5:1-4 – PME Point

For we know that if the Earthly house of our tent is torn down, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the Heavens. For indeed in this we groan, longing to be further clothed with our dwelling from Heaven; inasmuch as we, having put it on, will not be found naked. For indeed we who are in this tent do groan, being burdened, not that we want to be unclothed but that we want to be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life (2 Corinthians 5:1-4, PME)

Contrary to a great deal of popular thought and popular preaching, the preferred desire of the Apostle Paul was not to die and go to Heaven. He viewed dying and going to Heaven as being a less than wanted, condition of nakedness—without a body. Instead, he makes it clear in 2 Corinthians 5:1-4 of his preferred condition of wanting to be clothed with his dwelling from Heaven, an immortal body.

More specifically, the Greek verb ependuomai means, “to put a garment on over an existing garment, put on (in addition)” (BDAG, 361), envisioning the immortal body being placed on top of a person’s existing, mortal body. The preference is never having to go through death and a disembodied state. This is paraphrased by the NEB with, “we yearn to have our heavenly habitation put on over this one.”

The Practical Messianic Edition of the Apostolic Scriptures or PME is a specialty edition of the New Testament, based on the 1901 American Standard Version, incorporating the conclusions defended in Messianic Apologetics’ Practical Messianic commentary series and other publications.