Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. 2 Corinthians 5:8
The apostle here gives a reason why he went on with so much boldness through labors, sufferings, and dangers in the service for his Lord. He believed in a glorious future eternal reward. Departed souls of saints go to be with Christ in the following respects:
They go to dwell in the same blessed abode with the glorified human nature of Christ. The human nature of Christ is yet in being. He still continues, and will continue to all eternity, to be both God and man.
They go to be with Jesus Christ as they go to dwell in the immediate, full, and constant sight or view of Him. When we are absent from our friends, they are out of sight; but when we are with them, we have the opportunity and satisfaction of seeing them.
They go to be with Jesus Christ as they are brought into a most perfect conformity to and union with Him. Their spiritual conformity is begun while they are in the body; but when they come to see Him as He is in heaven, then they become like Him in another manner.
They are with Christ as they enjoy a glorious and immediate intercourse and converse with Him. The most intimate intercourse becomes that relation that the saints stand in to Jesus Christ, and especially becomes that most perfect and glorious union they shall be brought into with Him in heaven.
Jonathan Edwards, who is considered the finest theologian America has ever produced, was known for his logical mind and warm devotion to the Lord. His exposition of Scripture remains a source of powerful edification for the church. Here are 120 excerpts from this great preacher of the word presented in a daily devotional format. Edwards certainly was an amazing philosopher and a great theologian, but his insights into God’s Word are also down to earth, practical, and devotional. Each devotion is based on a Scripture verse and Edwards is always careful to draw your attention to the text to be fed by God’s Word, not by man’s thoughts and imaginations.
It is a good resource for personal devotions or as an introduction to the thought of Edwards. You will find comfort for the soul, encouragement and exhortations for the heart, and practical instructions for the mind.