Philippians 1: 18-30.
VV 19-21, 19 For I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayer and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, 20 according to my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death. 21 For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
Paul had confidence in the prayers of the Philippians Christians for him. He was not ashamed to be in chains for those trumped up charges. Christ will be gloitifed whether he lived or died. Philippians 1:21 is a great verse to commit to memory. If you live for Christ, your death will be a gain. If you live for is anything else but Christ, your death will be a total loss. When a Christian dies, he gains heaven and eternal life.
VV 22-26, 22 But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I cannot tell. 23 For I am hard-pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better. 24 Nevertheless to remain in the flesh is more needful for you. 25 And being confident of this, I know that I shall remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy of faith, 26 that your rejoicing for me may be more abundant in Jesus Christ by my coming to you again.
Paul found it hard to choose between life and death. If he lived, he lived for Christ, if he died, he will be with Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:8, “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord”. Rejoice and be confident in heaven because Christ second coming is imminent.
VV 27-30, 27 Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel, 28 and not in any way terrified by your adversaries, which is to them a proof of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that from God. 29 For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake, 30 having the same conflict which you saw in me and now hear is in me.
Paul urged the Phillipians Christians to be of good conduct, united in spirit and thoughts, faithful to the gospel, and not be afraid of tribulations. Tribulations for Christ’ sake and for righteousness’ sake is unavoidable but the reward of salvation is certain.
Matthew 5:10-12. “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you”.
John 16:33, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world”.