Would you explain Job 19:26? The NIV reads "And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God." Does this mean we will see God in the flesh when we die? -- Joe Dorame

Job seems to be making a statement of faith: that eventually in his body he will see deliverance from God. Christians have found inspiration here and applied the passage to the return of Christ (especially using verse 25). We even sing a hymn based on this passage: "I know that my Redeemer Lives." This passage is understood to refer to the resurrection of the dead, the time at which our spirits will be reunited with our (resurrection) bodies.

Certainly we will see God after death (1 John 3:2). Paul is eager to be "away from the body" and "at home with the Lord." We will not, however, be in the flesh until the resurrection.

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