BCL Grow: Glorification — Philippians 1:21
Philippians 1:21 (Redemption)
For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. — Philippians 1:21
“The righteous man dies, not in a sinful, but in a holy state; he goes not away in his sin, but out of it. In his life he was putting off the old man, changing his prison garments; and now the remaining rags of them are removed, and he is adorned with robes of glory. They are not in a hopeless, but a hopeful state.” — Thomas Boston, Human Nature in Its Fourfold State, p. 341.
3 Steps to Take
1. Ask: Why does Paul say that it is gain to die in the Lord? What is good about 1) that which believers lose upon death, and 2) that which they gain? (Isa. 57:1-2; John 14:2-3; Phil. 3:20-21).
2. Remember: All believers will be declared righteous in God’s sight on the Day of Judgment because they will be judged based on the perfect obedience and sacrifice of Jesus Christ counted to them by God’s grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. (Acts 4:12; Eph. 2:8-9).
3. Rejoice: Even though death is the final enemy that all believers must face in this world, it doesn’t have the last word. Thankfully, God does! Christians can face death with hope and joy knowing that they have eternal life and a glorious inheritance because of Jesus Christ their Lord.
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