Friday, September 19, 2008

Magnify Christ

Philipians Chapter 1:20-21
20. According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.
21. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

I often think I would prefer to die and go on to be with the Lord. But I am not dead. So I have to ask myself…is Christ being magnified in my body? As long as we ARE alive, Christ should be magnified in our bodies.

Preaching Christ

Philipians Chapter 1:15-18
15. Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will:
16. The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds:
17. But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defense of the gospel.
18. What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretense, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.

It seems like we have talked lately about the sincerity of preachers, about their dedication to prayer and whether or not they were making merchandise of us. Paul reminds us here that whether for profit or for Jesus, either way Christ is preached…Praise God.

Remember also the the Lord said in Isaiah:
Isaiah 55:11
11. So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

After Life

Hell is real.

Do not be deceived. Hell is real. After death comes the judgement and we will either go to heaven or hell. It is real.