Main point summary
Christ is most magnified in our body when we consider: 1. living as Christ because we consider everything as loss for the sake of knowing Christ in this life and 2. death as gain because we will be with Christ as be satisfied in him when we die. Therefore Christ is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him whether by life or by death.
What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice.
What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed; and in this I rejoice.
Τί γάρ; πλὴν ὅτι παντὶ τρόπῳ, εἴτε προφάσει εἴτε ἀληθείᾳ, Χριστὸς καταγγέλλεται, καὶ ἐν τούτῳ χαίρω.
What is the result? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is being proclaimed, and in this I rejoice. Yes, 28 and I will continue to rejoice,
Yes, and I will rejoice,
Yes, and I will rejoice,
Ἀλλὰ καὶ χαρήσομαι,
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,
for I know that this will turn out for my 1 deliverance a through your 2 prayers and the provision of b the Spirit of Jesus Christ,
οἶδα γὰρ ὅτι τοῦτό μοι ἀποβήσεται εἰς σωτηρίαν διὰ τῆς ὑμῶν δεήσεως καὶ ἐπιχορηγίας τοῦ πνεύματος Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ
for I know that this will turn out for my deliverance 29 through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ.
as it is my eager expectation and hope
according to my a earnest expectation and b hope,
κατὰ τὴν ἀποκαραδοκίαν καὶ ἐλπίδα μου,
My confident hope 30 is that I will in no way be ashamed 31 but that with complete boldness, even now as always, Christ will be exalted in my body, whether I live or die. 32
i that I will not be at all ashamed,
that I will not be put to shame in anything,
ὅτι ἐν οὐδενὶ αἰσχυνθήσομαι
but that with full j courage now as always Christ k will be honored in my body,
but that with c all boldness, Christ will, even now as always be d exalted in my body,
ἀλλʼ ἐν πάσῃ παρρησίᾳ ὡς πάντοτε καὶ νῦν μεγαλυνθήσεται Χριστὸς ἐν τῷ σώματί μου,
l whether by life
e whether by life
εἴτε διὰ ζωῆς
or by death.
or by death.
εἴτε διὰ θανάτου.
For to me m to live is Christ,
For to me, a to live is Christ
Ἐμοὶ γὰρ τὸ ζῆν Χριστὸς
For to me, living is Christ and dying is gain.
and to die is gain.
and to die is gain.
καὶ τὸ ἀποθανεῖν κέρδος.
If I am to live in the flesh,
1 But if I am to live on in the flesh,
εἰ δὲ τὸ ζῆν ἐν σαρκί,
Now if I am to go on living in the body, 33 this will mean productive work 34 for me, yet I don’t know which I prefer: 35
that means fruitful labor for me.
this will mean a fruitful labor for me;
τοῦτό μοι καρπὸς ἔργου,
Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell.
and I do not know 2 which to choose.
καὶ τί αἱρήσομαι οὐ γνωρίζω.
n I am hard pressed between the two.
But I am hard-pressed from both directions,
συνέχομαι δὲ ἐκ τῶν δύο,
I feel torn between the two, 36 because I have a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far,
My desire is o to depart and p be with Christ,
having the a desire to depart and b be with Christ,
τὴν ἐπιθυμίαν ἔχων εἰς τὸ ἀναλῦσαι καὶ σὺν Χριστῷ εἶναι,
for that is far better.
for that is very much better;
πολλῷ [γὰρ] μᾶλλον κρεῖσσον•
But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account.
yet to remain on in the flesh is more necessary for your sake.
τὸ δὲ ἐπιμένειν [ἐν] τῇ σαρκὶ ἀναγκαιότερον διʼ ὑμᾶς.
but it is more vital for your sake that I remain 37 in the body. 38
q Convinced of this,
a Convinced of this,
καὶ τοῦτο πεποιθὼς
And since I am sure of this, I know that I will remain and continue with all of you for the sake of your progress 39 and joy in the faith, 40
r I know that
I know that
I will remain and continue with you all, for your s progress and t joy in the faith,
I will remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy 1 in the faith,
μενῶ καὶ παραμενῶ πᾶσιν ὑμῖν εἰς τὴν ὑμῶν προκοπὴν καὶ χαρὰν τῆς πίστεως,
so that in me u you may have ample cause to glory in Christ Jesus, because of my coming to you again.
so that your a proud confidence in me may abound in Christ Jesus through my coming to you again.
ἵνα τὸ καύχημα ὑμῶν περισσεύῃ ἐν Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ ἐν ἐμοὶ διὰ τῆς ἐμῆς παρουσίας πάλιν πρὸς ὑμᾶς.
so that what you can be proud of may increase 41 because of me in Christ Jesus, when I come back to you. 42
1. What is the connection of verses 18-19? 2. What does deliverance means in verse 19? Word Study: Philippians 1:28 Philippians 2:12 Logical flow: -flow of thought demands that deliverance is ultimate salvation -delivered whether by life or by death Problem: Prayer and help of the Spirit are the means by which he gets to heaven Is this biblical? 2 Thessalonians 2:13 1 Thessalonians 5:23, 1 Thessalonians 3:12-13 Mainpoint: God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him If this slogan is not in or supported by scriptures we can throw this out of the window but if it is in scripture then we are to believe it and pursue it and not to pursue it is not glorying in Christ and therefore a sin. Christ is magnified by my death because to die is gain Dying is gain means: 1. In dying I gain Christ because being with Christ is far better(verse 23) 2. Christ is shown to be more valuable, satisfying, than anything in this life can give. Christ is magnified by my life because to live is Christ Living is Christ means: 1. A life that is fruitful and therefore shows Christ as the source of that fruit(verse 22, verse 11, Galatians 2:20) 2. A life devoted to the ministry of Joy in Christ(verse 24-26, 3:7-8) Therefore Christ is magnified still by our enjoyment in him in this life Problem: Paul seems to be inconsistent with his Christian Hedonism(verse 23-25) What inclines Paul to stay? What is "this" in verse 25? (Philippians 4:14-17) This is not a choice between gain in dying and no gain in living. The choice is between immediate gain and the cessation of labor and suffering or staying behind with more labor and suffering and increased reward. Isn't it kind of selfish? Staying for the reward is not selfish because it is not at the expense of others but it is in and through the joy of others which would then glorify Christ. (Verse 26, Philippians 2:14-18) 10 Implications of Christian Hedonism in our lives. 1. This will change how we view God. God is most glorified when God is most pleased in himself, therefore God is the most happy being in the universe. 2. This will change how you view Conversion. It is no longer just believing true doctrines and fearfully submitting to God. It is the changing of one's heart's desire. Changing of one's taste for the things of God. From haters of God to lovers of God. 3. This will change how you view worship. Worship is not us giving to God but that we are feasting at the sight of God's beauty 4. This will change how you view Love. Love is not just self denial, it is denial of private pleasure for the sake of corporate pleasure in God. 5. This will change how you view Scripture. Scripture is no longer just a boring book of facts about God, but that it becomes a kindling to our joy in God. It gives us a glimpse on who this glorious God is. 6. This will change how you view prayer. Prayer is no longer prayers for things that will eventually lead us away from lasting Joy, but prayers that would empower us to endure temporary losses for eternal joys. 7. This will change how we view money and resources. This will test us if we are lovers of money or God. 8.This will change how we view Marriage. It typify Christ's service even to the point of dying for the Church because of the joy that was set before him. Namely the purity of his bride, and the bride's glad submission to his husband. 9. This will change how we view missions. We are to spread the gospel for the joy of all peoples in God. Not just to be saved from the flames of hell. 10. This will change how we view suffering. Suffering will no longer be the absence of joy but a means to it. Christ is most magnified in us, whether by life or by death, when we are more satisfied in him than what we have in this life or what we lose in death.