verse 19,20 for I know that the through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance, as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or death.
In verse 4 of this same chapter, Paul tells the Philippians of his prayers for them, now this verse is his prayer request for them to lift him up. Paul is asking for deliverance, he wants them to pray for it. It is not about life or death. His prayer is for his witness to be Christ no matter what happens. Regardless of imprisonment or death, or freedom..Paul is asking that he continue to glorify Christ in his body.
While studying through these two verses, again I am blown away at Paul’s faith. He is not doubting that there will be deliverance. He is believing that it will either be worldly and temporal or heavenly eternal. Still deliverance. His focus is on Christ, and how to glorify HIM.
Just something to think about…remember Paul used to be Saul, who persecuted Christians. I am sure he saw many amazing things in those martyrs deaths. Stephen..singing praise while being stoned…and I am sure the others had something of Christ about them while they died. Now Paul is looking at the same thing for himself. He wants Christ to be glorified in his body.
Over at Philter48 , we have talked about different things this could mean, and purity is one of them..very interesting thoughts..go over and check the conversations out, join in where ever you choose, or just read.. I would love to hear your thoughts on these two verses, either here or over there in our Philippians Study Conversations. Peace. Christ be glorified in our bodies, whether we live or die…amazing, good stuff!