Paul carries on with next after the verse, “For to me to live is Christ and to die is gain.” He goes on to say that, “if I live on in the flesh” (body) this will mean fruit for my labor not a useless fruitless life.  He was a prisoner in Rome and notice his desire was to depart and be with Christ.  He calls it far better.  How many Christians desire that?
Paul tells them to have a conduct worthy of the gospel.  There is a lot of this lacking today.
There is a term in verse 27 worthy of noting which is standing fast.  The devil would like to push us back or give up.  Don’t do it!
The last verse in today’s reading is, “You have been granted on behalf of Christ not only to believe on Him but to suffer for His sake.” I live in a rather peaceful setting.  Am I ready if suffering (persecution) comes my way?
Written by Pastor Curt Darling

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