Philippians 1: To Live is Christ and to Die is Gain

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Philippians 1
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Paul and Timothy, bondservants of Jesus Christ, To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, with the bishops and deacons:
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Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
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I thank my God upon every remembrance of you,
4
always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy,
5
for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now,
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being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;
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just as it is right for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart, inasmuch as both in my chains and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers with me of grace.
8
For God is my witness, how greatly I long for you all with the affection of Jesus Christ.
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And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment,
10
that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ,
11
being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
12
But I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel,
13
so that it has become evident to the whole palace guard, and to all the rest, that my chains are in Christ;
14
and most of the brethren in the Lord, having become confident by my chains, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.
15
Some indeed preach Christ even from envy and strife, and some also from good will:
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The former preach Christ from selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my chains;
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but the latter out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel.
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What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is preached; and in this I rejoice, yes, and will rejoice.
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For I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayer and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,
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according to my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death.
21
For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
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But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I cannot tell.
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For I am hard pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better.
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Nevertheless to remain in the flesh is more needful for you.
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And being confident of this, I know that I shall remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy of faith,
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that your rejoicing for me may be more abundant in Jesus Christ by my coming to you again.
27
Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel,
28
and not in any way terrified by your adversaries, which is to them a proof of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that from God.
29
For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake,
30
having the same conflict which you saw in me and now hear is in me.

Philippians 1:1-2

To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, with the bishops and deacons

Philippians 1:1-2
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Paul and Timothy, bondservants of Jesus Christ, To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, with the bishops and deacons:
2
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

  1. Who were Paul and Timothy bondservants of?  To whom were they writing this letter?
    • Philippians 1:1
      Paul and Timothy, bondservants of Jesus Christ, To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, with the bishops and deacons:
  2. How did they greet them?
    • Philippians 1:2
      Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Philippians 1:3-8

Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ

Philippians 1:3-8
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I thank my God upon every remembrance of you,
4
always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy,
5
for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now,
6
being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;
7
just as it is right for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart, inasmuch as both in my chains and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers with me of grace.
8
For God is my witness, how greatly I long for you all with the affection of Jesus Christ.

  1. When did Paul thank God?
    • Philippians 1:3
      I thank my God upon every remembrance of you,
  2. Who did he make requests for?
    • Philippians 1:4
      always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy,
  3. What did the Philippians have fellowship in?
    • Philippians 1:5
      for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now,
  4. How was Paul confident for them?
    • Philippians 1:6
      being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;
  5. Why was it right for Paul to think of them this way?
    • Philippians 1:7
      just as it is right for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart, inasmuch as both in my chains and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers with me of grace.
  6. How did Paul long for them?
    • Philippians 1:8
      For God is my witness, how greatly I long for you all with the affection of Jesus Christ.

Philippians 1:9-11

And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment

Philippians 1:9-11
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And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment,
10
that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ,
11
being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

  1. How were they to abound?
    • Philippians 1:9
      And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment,
  2. What were they to approve?
    • Philippians 1:10
      that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ,
  3. What were they being filled with?
    • Philippians 1:11
      being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

Philippians 1:12-14

But I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel

Philippians 1:12-14
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But I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel,
13
so that it has become evident to the whole palace guard, and to all the rest, that my chains are in Christ;
14
and most of the brethren in the Lord, having become confident by my chains, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.

  1. What did Paul want them to know?
    • Philippians 1:12
      But I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel,
  2. What had become evident to all?
    • Philippians 1:13
      so that it has become evident to the whole palace guard, and to all the rest, that my chains are in Christ;
  3. How did the affect most of the brethren?
    • Philippians 1:14
      and most of the brethren in the Lord, having become confident by my chains, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.

Philippians 1:15-18

Some indeed preach Christ even from envy and strife, and some also from good will: The former preach Christ from selfish ambition

Philippians 1:15-18
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Some indeed preach Christ even from envy and strife, and some also from good will:
16
The former preach Christ from selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my chains;
17
but the latter out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel.
18
What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is preached; and in this I rejoice, yes, and will rejoice.

  1. How do some preach Christ?
    • Philippians 1:15
      Some indeed preach Christ even from envy and strife, and some also from good will:
  2. What motivated the former to preach Christ?
    • Philippians 1:16
      The former preach Christ from selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my chains;
  3. What motivated the latter to preach Christ?  What did the know about Paul
    • Philippians 1:17
      but the latter out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel.
  4. What made Paul rejoice?
    • Philippians 1:18
      What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is preached; and in this I rejoice, yes, and will rejoice.

Philippians 1:19-26

But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I cannot tell. For I am hard pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better

Philippians 1:19-26
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For I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayer and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,
20
according to my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death.
21
For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
22
But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I cannot tell.
23
For I am hard pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better.
24
Nevertheless to remain in the flesh is more needful for you.
25
And being confident of this, I know that I shall remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy of faith,
26
that your rejoicing for me may be more abundant in Jesus Christ by my coming to you again.

  1. How would this turn out for Paul?
    • Philippians 1:19
      For I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayer and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,
  2. How would Christ be magnified in Paul?
    • Philippians 1:20
      according to my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death.
  3. What was Paul's reason to live?  What would it be to him to die?
    • Philippians 1:21
      For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
  4. What would living on in the flesh mean? 
    • Philippians 1:22
      But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I cannot tell.
  5. What was Paul hard pressed between?  Why would it be far better for him to depart?
    • Philippians 1:23
      For I am hard pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better.
  6. What was more needful?
    • Philippians 1:24
      Nevertheless to remain in the flesh is more needful for you.
  7. What was he confident of?
    • Philippians 1:25
      And being confident of this, I know that I shall remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy of faith,
  8. What would Paul's coming to them cause them to do?
    • Philippians 1:26
      that your rejoicing for me may be more abundant in Jesus Christ by my coming to you again.

Philippians 1:27-30

For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake, having the same conflict which you saw in me and now hear is in me

Philippians 1:27-30
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Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel,
28
and not in any way terrified by your adversaries, which is to them a proof of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that from God.
29
For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake,
30
having the same conflict which you saw in me and now hear is in me.

  1. How are they to let their conduct be?  What did Paul want to hear about them?
    • Philippians 1:27
      Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel,
  2. When they were not terrified, what would this prove?
    • Philippians 1:28
      and not in any way terrified by your adversaries, which is to them a proof of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that from God.
  3. What has been granted to us?
    • Philippians 1:29
      For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake,
  4. What had they seen?
    • Philippians 1:30
      having the same conflict which you saw in me and now hear is in me.