Is apostle Paul in heaven?
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Question: Is apostle Paul in heaven? Why did he want to die?
Answer: The first scripture you are referring to in your questions is Philippians 1:23, where Paul states he has a strong desire to leave life and be with Jesus. The second scriptures is in 2Corinthians 5:8 where Paul says to be 'absent' from the body, or dead, is to be with Jesus Christ.
One important aspect to realize here is that in the case of either text NOTHING is said about a hell or place of eternal torture or or having an immortal soul (and going directly to Heaven or Purgatory when you die). These beliefs must be 'read in' to the scriptures. In theory, a person could think humans go to hell or heaven when they die but still believe that souls placed in the fires of hell would be eventually destroyed (not tormented forever). In both cases, the defender of the orthodox position would assume that a resurrection does not occur between death and coming into the presence of the Lord. Yet, 1Corinthians 15 presupposes that living forever can only be received through a resurrection.
"For if the dead do not rise, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins! Then also those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. (1Corinthians 15:16 - 18, see also verse 22)
It's necessary to look at the important verses on any given topic instead of just figuring out a doctrine from a few that seemingly favor a particular position. Neither 2Corinthians 5:8 nor Philippians 1:23 state that the apostle Paul (or any believer for that matter) would immediately come to Jesus when they die.