Philippians part 4, A study of Philippians 1:18b & 19, Philippians 1:20, Philippians 1:21, and Philippians 1:22 - 24 featuring our Common Man's Commentary

Philippians 1:18b & 19

"Yes, and I will continue to rejoice, for I know that through your prayers and the help given by the Spirit of Jesus Christ, what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance." NIV translation

Paul understood the power of the prayers of the saints and the power of the Holy Spirit. This understanding gave him the confidence that God would take care of him and so he could rejoice.

Philippians 1:20

"I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death." NIV translation

Paul did not know the outcome of his trial in Rome as he wrote this letter to the Philippians. His hope was that he would stand strong for the faith whatever the outcome was to be. His goal was to lift up the name of Christ in all circumstances and that should be ours as well.

Philippians 1:21

"For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain." NIV translation

We must remember that Paul said this while he was on trial with the real possibility of being executed. Even while facing this, he was trying to encourage and help the believers in Philippi to understand that no matter what the result of his trial would be, God would be glorified and that was his goal. In this simple verse we see a freedom that we all can have through Jesus Christ. If we are still alive, we have the wonderful opportunity to serve our Lord and the Spirit is with us but, if we die, we go to be with Him. For us, this is a win-win situation!

Philippians 1:22 - 24

"If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body." NIV translation

Paul lets us see what is going on in his mind as he knows he must stay here on the earth and complete his task of sharing the gospel. As we see, Paul was living for the benefit of others and that is just as Christ did in walking this earth. We all must ask ourselves the question: Who are you living for? If the purpose of our lives is not serving others by telling them about Jesus, then, we need to ask ourselves if we have truly made Jesus the Lord of our lives.

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