“We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.”
King James Version (KJV)
5:8 Present with the Lord - This demonstrates that the happiness of the saints is not deferred till the resurrection.
2Co 5:8 We are confident. In the face of every peril, because we know that death, an absence from the body, would be to be present with the Lord. Note here the doctrine of the immaterial nature of the human spirit. It puts aside the body to be clothed with a new garment. It is absent from the body but present with the Lord. The body is not essential to its conscious existence. It does not sleep because the body sleeps.