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The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Philippians
For to Live is Christ and to Die is Gain
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The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Philippians
For to Live is Christ and to Die is Gain Explained
Daily Bread is happy to have you here as we begin a new study of The
Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Philippians. The church in
Philippi was the first church that Paul founded in Macedonia (Acts
16:9-12). You may remember that shortly before that, Paul met
Timothy (also known as Timotheus) who along with several others,
accompanied Paul in establishing the churches in that area.
You will find that if you compare the opening lines of this epistle
from Paul to the Philippians is very very similar to the first
epistle from Paul to the Corinthians with the exception of who it is
addressed to. In this letter, Paul addresses to all the saints
(believers) in Jesus with the bishops and deacons (overseers and
Paul wishes them Grace and
peace from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ and tells
them that he thanks God for them and prays for them with joy,
confident that they will be true to the Gospel until the day of
For to Live is Christ and to Die is Gain Truth
It's easy to see here that Paul has a soft spot in his heart for the
people of Philippi. It appears that the people of this city stood
behind Paul through all his afflictions and his imprisonment, and
kept the Faith, which was of great comfort to him. With so many
churches to keep enthusiastic, it was probably very appreciated by
Paul that some were very strong and stable, and this was a little
"thank you" for that. Paul writes:
12 But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the
things which happened unto me have fallen out rather [turned out
instead] unto the furtherance [advancement, benefit] of the Gospel;
13 So that my bonds in Christ are manifest in all the
palace [Caesar's court], and in all other places;
14 And many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing [becoming]
confident by [because of] my bonds, are much more bold to speak the
Word without fear.
For to Live is Christ and to Die is Gain Quote
Let's slow down here for a minute and see what Paul is saying
exactly. They put me in prison to keep me from preaching, but in
fact, being in prison has been rather prosperous for the Gospel.
Their plan backfired! The entire palace of Caesar has heard about my
being imprisoned for Christ's sake and in all other places too. And
the brethren can see that I still, from my chains, spread the Word,
so, many of them are no longer afraid. (Just as the Apostles all ran
when they came to arrest Jesus for fear of going to jail, some of the
brethren were apprehensive to preach the Gospel because they were
afraid of being imprisoned as well.) Paul continues:
15 Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife [envy
of Paul's fearlessness, success, and pioneering as one of
Paul's enthusiasts describes it]; and some also of good will:
16 The one preach Christ of contention [jealousy], not
sincerely, supposing to add affliction [trouble] to my bonds
17 But the other of love, knowing that I am set [chosen]
for the defence of the Gospel.
18 What [shall we say] then? notwithstanding, every way,
whether in pretence, or in Truth, Christ is preached; and I therein
[in that] do rejoice, yea, and will [continue to] rejoice.
19 For I know that this shall turn to [be in favor of] my
salvation through your prayer, and the supply [filling] of the Spirit
of Jesus Christ,
20 According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that
in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always,
so now also Christ shall be magnified [glorified] in my body, whether
it be by life, or by death.
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21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
22 But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my
labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not [I don't know].
23 For I am in a strait betwixt two [I'm in a tough spot],
having a desire to depart [die], and to be with Christ; which is far
24 Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for
you. [You have to admire Paul's selflessness.]
25 And having this confidence [knowing this], I know that
I shall abide [remain alive] and continue with you all for your
furtherance [growth] and joy of faith;
26 That your rejoicing may be more abundant in Jesus
Christ for me by my coming to [visit] you again.
27 Only let your conversation [manner of living] be as it
becometh [comliments] the Gospel of Christ: that whether I come and
see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand
fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of
28 And in nothing terrified [dismayed or moved] by your
adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition [clear
sign of damnation], but to you of salvation, and that of God.
29 For unto you it [the privilege] is given in the behalf
of Christ, not only to believe on Him, but also to suffer for His
30 Having the same conflict [emotion] which ye saw in me,
and now hear to be in me.
So, Paul is saying that working together, being in unity, supporting
one another, is the way to live. Just as Paul followed the example of
Jesus, though Jesus was not in the flesh at the time, he is asking
the people to follow in his example, whether he is present with them
For to Live is Christ and to Die is Gain Summary
If you were a Philippian, wouldn't you feel comforted by a letter
like this from Paul? Come on back soon, and we'll see what other
encouraging words Paul has to share with us, right here at Daily
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