In life, in death, those sold out for Christ have always excellent reasons to rejoice!
Published September 16th, 2018
Main point summary
I rejoice. I live to honour Christ, and have everything to gain in death. While I live I will labour fruitfully among you, so that you may give Christ glory.
Only that in every way,
whether in pretense
or in truth,
Christ is proclaimed,
and in that I rejoice.
Yes, and I will rejoice,
for I know that
f through your prayers
and g the help of h the Spirit of Jesus Christ
this will turn out for my deliverance,
as it is my eager expectation and hope
i that I will not be at all ashamed,
but that with full j courage
now as always
Christ k will be honored in my body,
l whether by life
or by death.
For to me m to live is Christ,
and to die is gain.
If I am to live in the flesh,
that means fruitful labor for me.
Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. n I am hard pressed between the two.
My desire is o to depart and p be with Christ,
for that is far better.
But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account.
q Convinced of this,
r I know that I will remain
and continue with you all,
for your s progress and t joy in the faith,
so that in me u you may have ample cause to glory in Christ Jesus,
because of my coming to you again.