~ Breakdown of Philippians 1:21 ~

Image result for Philippians 1:21 King James Version (KJV) 21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

For to me to live is Christ
Christ was his life “efficiently”, the efficient cause and author of his (Paul)  spiritual life; he spoke it into him, produced it in him, and disciplined him with it: and he was his life, objectively, the matter and object of his life, that on which he lived; yea, it was not so much he that lived, as Christ that lived in him; he lived by faith on Christ, and his spiritual life was maintained and supported by feeding on him as the bread of life: and he was his life, “finally”, the end of his life; what he aimed at throughout the whole course of his life was the glory of Christ, the good of his church and people, the spread of his Gospel, the honour of his name, and the increase of his interest; and this last seems to be the true sense of the phrase here;

and to die is gain;
to himself, for death is gain to believers: it is not easy to say what a believer gains by dying; he is released thereby, and delivered from all the troubles and distresses of this life, arising from diseases of body, losses and disappointments in worldly things; from the oppressions and persecutions of wicked men; from indwelling sin, unbelief, doubts, and fears, and the temptations of Satan; he as soon as dies enters into the presence of God, where is fulness of joy, and is immediately with Christ, which is far better than being here, beholding his glory and enjoying communion with him; he is at once in the company of angels and glorified saints; is possessed of perfect holiness and knowledge; inherits a kingdom prepared from the foundation of the world, and wears a crown of life, righteousness, and glory; enters upon an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled; is received into everlasting habitations, into mansions of light, life, love, joy, peace, and comfort; is at perfect rest, and surrounded with endless pleasures. This is the common interpretation, and is countenanced by the Syriac, Arabic, and Ethiopic versions, which read, “to die”, or “if I die, it is gain to me”: but instead of reading the words as consisting of two propositions, they may he considered as one, and the sense be either this; Christ is gain to me living or dying in life or in death; for Christ is the believer’s gain in life; he is all in all, his righteousness, his wisdom, his sanctification, his redemption, his life, his light, his food, his raiment, his riches, his joy, peace, and comfort; he is everything to him he wants, can wish for, or desire: and he is his gain in death; the hope he then has is founded on him, and the triumphs of his faith over death and the grave arise from redemption by him; his expectation is to be immediately with him; and the glory he will then enter into will lie in communion with him, in conformity to him, and in an everlasting vision of him: or thus, for me to live and to die is Christ’s gain; his life being spent in his service, in living according to his will, in preaching his Gospel, serving his churches, and suffering for his sake, was for his glory; and his death being for his sake, in the faith of him, and the steady profession of it, would be what would glorify him, and so be his gain likewise; and this seems to be the genuine sense of the words, which contain a reason of the apostle’s faith, why he was persuaded Christ would be magnified or glorified in his body, whether by life or by death.

~SHARED ❤ ❤ ❤

JESUS IS OUR EVERYTHING ~ HE IS EVERYTHING WE HAVE EVER NEEDED OR EVER WANTED (He should be anyway!!!) WHEN WE KNOW THIS WE LEARN THAT THIS LIFE HERE ON EARTH IS TEMPORARY~LIFE WITH THE LORD IS ETERNAL~ AND WALKING WITH HIM HERE~IN THE NOW~ WILL GET US THROUGH ❤

~ Jackie: Freed from the bondage of Roman Catholicism ~

I wanted to share a comment from the comment section of a post I had shared called Roman Catholicism vs. Biblical Teaching. I share this with the love of God’s truth-how Jackie felt is the path I was starting to take…BUT GOD! I, too, believed I was a Christian while practicing and trying to do everything the religion (not The Good Lord) required of me and said I needed to do.

My prayer is that if anyone reads this that practices this religion that they will see we do have a Way out-His name is Jesus-He has done AND finished everything we need to be saved-GUARANTEED! There is NOTHING you can do to save yourself  ❤  There is nothing your “church” can do for you ❤ There is nothing your “Mary” can do for you ❤ There is nothing your “communion” can do for you ❤

Image result for John 14:6 King James Version (KJV) 6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

❤ REST IN JESUS ❤

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( https://bornagain732.wordpress.com/2018/08/15/roman-catholicism-vs-biblical-teaching/?c=3952#comment-3952 )  :

 

Jackie says:

It’s true…as a former Catholic, I always considered myself a Christian…even when I was living a very sinful life (You don’t know what you don’t know). Catholics believe they are part of the one true church…started by Jesus. They believe if they follow the Catholic Church teachings, that’s the best they can hope for. They will never be good enough so they have to go to mass, receive communion, go to confession, keep the Holy day’s, keep the sabbath (but they changed that to Sunday so they really aren’t keeping anything…just more of their man-made traditions), and follow the 10 Commandments (they don’t even know and haven’t been taught about the other 600+ laws in the Old Testament!) so they can hope for Purgatory…where they will then “pay” for their sins in order to be worthy to go to heaven (someday). The problem is they aren’t aware that to break 1 law is to break them all…no one sin is greater or worse than another. ALL sin deserves God’s wrath and punishment. That is why it had to be the spotless lamb…the Son of God…He’s the only one who can take away the sin of the world. They have been deceived. If I hadn’t walked away from the Catholic Church years ago I probably wouldn’t ever have gotten to the point where I cried out to God and He granted me salvation! If I had kept going through the motions, trying to be good enough, I’d still be there. I got tired of trying and decided: you only live once; I might as well enjoy it. What a sinful twist my life took…but for the grace of God. I was in such darkness before He saved me!

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❤ PLEASE~ PLEASE~ PLEASE SEEK GOD~ NOT A RELIGIOUS SYSTEM ~FOR HIS CONCRETE TRUTH FOR ALL OF US ❤

~ The Revelation 3:20 ~

Image result for Revelation 3:20 King James Version (KJV) 20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

JESUS SAID:

Revelation 3:20-22

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20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.

22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

“The LORD takes pleasure in HIS people…”

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*SHARED COMMENTARY*

This short psalm is a calling-out for praise to the Lord.  Notice that this psalm begins and ends with the same phrase, “Praise ye the LORD.”  In the first three verses of this chapter, the people of God are called upon to praise and rejoice in the Lord.  Verse 4 gives the reason, “For the LORD taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation.”

While the whole world belongs to the Lord, and He is the creator of all men.  The Lord does not take pleasure in all men.  He takes pleasure in ‘His people.’  In this portion, His people are the Israelites, His earthly people.  Who are His people today?  John 1:12 tells us, “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.”  His people are those who have received the Lord Jesus Christ as their savior. They are the children of God.

The one Hebrew word which is translated ‘taketh pleasure’ is ‘ratsah.’  To get a good idea of the meaning of this word, let’s see how that same word is translated in other places in the Old Testament.

In Leviticus 22:27, it is translated ‘accepted.’

In Leviticus 26:34, it is translated ‘enjoy.’

In 1 Samuel 29:4, it is translated ‘reconcile.’

In 1 Chronicles 28:4, it is translated ‘liked.’

In 1 Chronicles 29:3, it is translated ‘set my affection.’

In Psalm 62:4, it is translated ‘delight.’

What an overwhelming thought to realize that we who belong to the Lord are accepted by Him, He enjoys us, He has reconciled us to Himself, He likes us, He has set His affection on us, and He finds His delight in us.  This has nothing to do with our own merit and worth…we have none.  But the Lord has determined to love us and take pleasure in us.

“He will beautify the meek with salvation.”  To those who have been humbled, and felt their need of salvation; the Lord is gracious to freely give them salvation. They are meek and probably rejected by the world.  Yet He puts a beauty upon them of the most excellent kind. He saves them by sanctifying them, and so they wear the beauty of holiness, and the beauty of a joy which springs out of full salvation. He makes his people to become meek, and then makes the meek to become beautiful. How can we consider these divine truths and refrain ourselves from praising and rejoicing in our Lord?  I say we cannot!  As we know more of Him and His delight in us, our hearts leap and cause us to praise Him.

King David wrote in Psalm 35:27, “Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.”  (211.4)

~ HE IS GOOD AND LOVING ~

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*SLACK~ SLOW

*LONGSUFFERING~ PATIENT

*PERISH~DIE

*REPENTANCE~

1. Sorrow for any thing done or said; the pain or grief which a person experiences in consequence of the injury or inconvenience produced by his own conduct.

2. In theology, the pain, regret or affliction which a person feels on account of his past conduct, because it exposes him to punishment. This sorrow proceeding merely from the fear of punishment, is called legal repentance, as being excited by the terrors of legal penalties, and it may exist without an amendment of life.

3. Real penitence; sorrow or deep contrition for sin, as an offense and dishonor to God, a violation of his holy law, and the basest ingratitude towards a Being of infinite benevolence. This is called evangelical repentance, and is accompanied and followed by amendment of life.

Repentance is a change of mind, or a conversion from sin to God.

Godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation. 2Cor. 7. Matt. 3.

Repentance is the relinquishment of any practice, from conviction that it has offended God.

No name EQUAL to or above

God hears our prayers through Jesus alone-HE IS THE NAME ABOVE ALL NAMES-That is another reason Mary and those deemed saints by the Roman Catholic Church are not hearing peoples prayers-those prayers are not even hitting the ceiling. God says plain as day in His Holy Word that there is only ONE mediator-“The man Christ Jesus”…

The Biblical Mary knew she was a sinner that needed a Saviour.

The “Mary” of the practice of  Roman Catholicism is not the earthly mom of Jesus that God used as a vessel to birth Him-therefore the practice of Roman Catholicism it can not be considered Christian.

Shared with the LOVE and FREEDOM of God’s TRUTH through Jesus The Christ of Nazareth that is the ONLY way to God the Father ❤ ❤ ❤

Philippians 2:9-11

Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:

10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;

11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

1 Timothy 2:5-7

For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity.

Luke 1:46-47

46 And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,

47 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.

 

 

~GOD IS MY SALVATION~

 

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ISAIAH 12

12 And in that day thou shalt say, O Lord, I will praise thee: though thou wast angry with me, thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortedst me.

Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.

Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.

And in that day shall ye say, Praise the Lord, call upon his name, declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted.

Sing unto the Lord; for he hath done excellent things: this is known in all the earth.

Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion: for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee.