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Philippians Favorites – 1:21

I-40 between Nashville and Memphis Tennessee 2013

I-40 between Nashville and Memphis Tennessee 2013

“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” Philippians 1:21

In the context, Paul is speaking of his physical life. He is telling us “to me” as long as I live, I live for Christ. If and when he dies, he will gain the more in his eternal existence in heaven with the Savior.

Paul knew his life did not consist of the temporal things of this earth. “While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:18) He knew that this was not “all there is.” This was just the beginning.

The fact was he was already dead. “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20) It wasn’t for himself he was living. He wanted Christ to live through him.

As long as we live in this earth (in the flesh), we are living a life of faith. That is real living. Whether we live or die it’s all good, but there is coming a time when we leave the restraints of the world and gain the heavenly freedom laid up for us. That Paul says that is gain.

Until we die, we have a work to do. We are here for a purpose. We are to live for Christ by faith because He loves us so much, even to giving His life for us. Our citizenship is in Heaven but we are here to fulfill His will for our lives. For me to live—Christ.