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 in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.
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. 23 For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: 24 Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.
25 And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your furtherance and joy of faith; 26 That your rejoicing may be more abundant in Jesus Christ for me by my coming to you again. (Philippians 1:20–26)
This is a great testimony from the apostle Paul. He was in prison in Rome, under a house arrest, with limited freedom. His court date was coming up. After that, he might going on living or he might die. But either option is just hunky-dory with Paul.
To him, living would be gain and dying would be gain. It was a win-win situation for him.
I want to ask two main questions of this passage: First, how is living gain? Second, how is dying gain? Continue reading