To Live is Christ
21 For to me, to live is Christ [He is my source of joy, my reason to live] and to die is gain [for I will be with Him in eternity].
22 If, however, it is to be life here and I am to go on living, this will mean useful andproductive service for me; so I do not know which to choose [if I am given that choice].
23 But I am hard-pressed between the two. I have the desire to leave [this world] and be with Christ, for that is far, far better;
24 yet to remain in my body is more necessary and essential for your sake.
25 Since I am convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith,
26 so that your rejoicing for me may overflow in Christ Jesus through my coming to you again.
27 Only [be sure to] lead your lives in a manner [that will be] worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I do come and see you or remain absent, I will hear about you that you are standing firm in one spirit [and one purpose], with one mind striving side by side [as if in combat] for the faith of the gospel.
28 And in no way be alarmed or intimidated [in anything] by your opponents, for such [constancy and fearlessness on your part] is a [clear] sign [a proof and a seal] for them of [their impending] destruction, but [a clear sign] for you of deliverance and salvation, and that too, from God.
29 For you have been granted [the privilege] for Christ’s sake, not only to believe and confidently trust in Him, but also to suffer for His sake,
30 [and so you are] experiencing the same [kind of] conflict which you saw me endure, and which you hear to be mine now.Philippians 1:21-30 (AMP)
- Philippians 1:27 Lit soul.
- Philippians 1:30 Paul and Silas were beaten and imprisoned in Philippi during their first trip to the region. See Acts 16:19-40.