~ 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.

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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 ❤

~ 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)

“Thus saith the Lord…”

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“Call unto me, and I will answer thee…”

Do you feel alone?

Do you feel like no one understands you? No one loves you?

Well know this~GOD LOVES YOU~UNDERSTANDS YOU~ AND WILL ANSWER YOU! I know this personally as do many others that have been pulled out of the muck and mire by His love-grace-mercy and forgiveness! Call out to Him and  He “will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things which thou knowest not.”

God sent His only begotten Son for you, too. He says so.

*John 3:16-17*

16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.