Philippians 1:12-24 – July 16-17
The Bible is basically a compilation of love letters from our Father in heaven, His loving words breathed onto each page. Over the next several months, as we study the letters of the Bible, Galatians through Jude, I pray that You will experience His eternal love in new ways and that it will transform you. These letters were written by Christian leaders, most of them by Paul, to establish and grow the Christian Church. For us, they are filled with love and gold nuggets on living a Christian life. Join along in our study by reading today’s scripture, journaling on it using SOAP, then sharing how God spoke to you today. Below is the NIV version of today’s reading, then below that is a SOAP from one of our study leaders. The Comments section on our website is an open forum for sharing, requesting prayer, and asking questions.
Philippians 1:12-24 – Paul’s Chains Advance the Gospel
12 Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel. 13 As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. 14 And because of my chains, most of the brothers and sisters have become confident in the Lord and dare all the more to proclaim the gospel without fear.
15 It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill. 16 The latter do so out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. 17 The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains. 18 But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice.
Yes, and I will continue to rejoice, 19 for I know that through your prayers and God’s provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance. 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. 21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. 22 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! 23 I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; 24 but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body.
Death Can Be a Good Thing | Guest Post
To live is Christ, to die is gain. I believe this verse means we live on this Earth for Christ and we do what He says to do in the Bible. To die is gain, when it’s time for a person to go home, they gain. Sometimes they are blessed if they have a good relationship with Christ and believe everything in the Bible. They get to see Him before we do!!
When someone passes away, we all get very sad, and that’s natural because we will miss that person. But I think that it’s a little easier for me because I know that they are going to meet Jesus before I do. I thank God that he sent his Son to die for us so we can spend eternal life with Him. Some people just get to meet him before we do.
Thank You for everyone that You put in my life. Even though sometimes they have to go home before I’m ready for them to. Knowing they are going to be with You makes their passing away a little easier. I still have a long life to live on this Earth so I’m just going to do Your will and follow Your commandments.
In Jesus name I pray, Amen.
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