"For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better." Phil. 1:23.
What were the two conditions between which the apostle was thus in difficulty? "For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain." Phil. 1:21.
What does he mean by the words "to depart? "The time of my departure is at hand." 2 Tim. 4:6.
What was sure to the cause of Christ, whether Paul lived or died? "Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death." Phil. 1:20.
In what other words does he express the same sentiment? "For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain." Phil. 1:21.
NOTE. - Gain, not to himself, but to the cause of Christ, as stated in the verse before.
What, then, inclined Paul to the side of life? "Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you." Phil. 1:24.
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