March 11th, 2019
Philippians 1:20-21 (KJB) 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.
The Apostle Paul was detained in jail when he was divinely driven to record these words found inside the first chapter of Philippians in God’s Word. These words reflect his faith and hope in the living for Christ despite his current circumstances. Paul did not take his profession of faith in God lightly but sought to live it out in his daily life all for the glory of God.
Not only did Paul understand that he was to live for Christ in this world, but that he would die as a child of Christ and be received by Him in the eternal realm. Paul understood that though this life can be full of turmoil and strife as we serve God, physical death, at the time of God’s choosing, is the ultimate icing on the cake for every sincere child of God.
In fact, Paul recorded “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain…” for hitting home the point that a child of God will assuredly gain perfection and satisfaction on the other side of death. He will be perpetually rewarded as he finds bliss in fellowship with God forever. The image of a child of God will be perfected and perfectly magnified unto Christ in eternity.
Death is a blessing and a benefit for every child of God. Though he may face times of suffering and trials as he sojourns on this earth, his physical death will ultimately be a blessing and filled with certain riches and perpetual gain lasting without fail.