Apostle Paul in today’s reading tells of his desire, to either live or die as being profitable. To live is Christ and to die is gain in that he will be with the Lord. He admonishes the people to stand firm in their faith in the gospel regardless of adversaries.
They should find consolation in Christ, His love, fellowship of the spirit and be likeminded as Christ in every way.
We are encouraged to emulate Christ who came in from of a servant, was obedient and humbled himself even to the death on the cross; wherefore God has highly exalted Him and given him a name above every name. That at the name of Jesus, things in heaven, earth or beneath earth should bow and every tongue should confess Jesus Christ is Lord to God’s glory.
Life ApplicationProphetic Declaration
I have the mind of Christ! I have the comfort of his love and the fellowship of His Spirit.
Reading – Philippians 1:21-2:11
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. 25 Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith, 26 so that through my being with you again your boasting in Christ Jesus will abound on account of me.
Life Worthy of the Gospel
27 Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit,[a] striving together as one for the faith of the gospel 28 without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you. This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved—and that by God. 29 For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him, 30 since you are going through the same struggle you saw I had, and now hear that I still have.
Imitating Christ’s Humility
2 Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in very nature[b] God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
7 rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature[c] of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
- Philippians 1:27 Or in one spirit
- Philippians 2:6 Or in the form of
- Philippians 2:7 Or the form