Sermon on To Die is Gain Philippians 1:21

 To Live is Christ, and to Die is Gain


Good morning, dear brothers and sisters in Christ. Today, we are delving into one of the most profound statements made by the Apostle Paul: "For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain" (Philippians 1:21). This declaration encapsulates the essence of Christian living and the hope of eternal life. Let us explore what it means to live a Christ-centered life and the hope we have in eternity.

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1: Paul, a Model of Christ-Centered Living (Philippians 1:21)

"For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain." Paul’s life was a testament to his unwavering commitment to Christ. His every action, thought, and purpose were centered around Jesus. Paul's life was a living example of what it means to be fully devoted to Christ, regardless of the circumstances.

2: The Fruit of Labor for Christ (Philippians 1:22)

"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!" Paul recognized that as long as he lived, his work would produce fruit for the Kingdom of God. Living for Christ means engaging in fruitful labor, spreading the Gospel, and serving others in love.

3: The Meaning of 'To Live is Christ' (Galatians 2:20)

"I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me." To live is Christ means that our identity is found in Him. We live by faith, acknowledging that Christ lives in us and through us. Our lives are a reflection of His love and sacrifice.

4: The Centrality of Christ in the Life of the Christian (Colossians 3:4)

"When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory." Christ is not just a part of our lives; He is our life. Everything we do is centered around Him. He is our motivation, our strength, and our hope. Our entire existence is rooted in Him.

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5: The Purpose of Living for Christ (2 Corinthians 5:15)

"And He died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for Him who died for them and was raised again." The purpose of our lives is to live for Christ, who sacrificed Himself for us. We are called to live selflessly, dedicating our lives to His service and to the advancement of His Kingdom.

6: The Hope of Eternal Life (1 Corinthians 15:55-57)

"Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting? The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." The hope of eternal life is the ultimate gain for those who live for Christ. Death is not the end but the beginning of eternal life with Him. This hope gives us strength and courage to live faithfully in this world.

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In conclusion, to live is Christ and to die is gain. This powerful statement by Paul challenges us to examine our lives and our faith. Are we living for Christ in every aspect of our lives? Are we engaging in fruitful labor for His Kingdom? Do we find our identity in Him, and are we motivated by His love and sacrifice? Let us commit ourselves to live fully for Christ, knowing that our ultimate hope and gain lie in the promise of eternal life with Him. May we, like Paul, declare with confidence that to live is Christ and to die is gain. Amen.

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