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To Live Is Christ
July 11, 1999
INTRODUCTION: Paul is under house arrest in Rome and could possibly be found a traitor to Rome and then executed. In these verses Paul is acknowledging that his body is not his own, and his only desire is to magnify Christ, whether in life or death.
Paul had already mentioned that the result of his personal imprisonment was that the name of Christ was being more widely proclaimed than ever. Some were preaching because of wrong motives, but Paul was still pleased to realize that people were hearing about Jesus Christ.
I. PAUL'S DELIVERANCE THROUGH GOD'S DEPOSITED PROVISION. 19
A. SALVATION. 19a
"my deliverance" -- not referring to spiritual salvation or physical salvation, but to personal well-being. Paul expected his case to turn our victoriously.
"this" -- apparently it was this wider proclamation of Christ to which Paul referred when he said, "This shall turn to my salvation."
"For I know" -- this "deliverance" was a day by day application. Paul could face life with the assurance that nothing that happens to him surprises God.
B. SUPPLICATION. 19b
"through your prayers" -- reveals Paul's confidence in the prayers of the fellow believers
EXAMPLE: Henry Blackaby
At SBC he shared that I was the object of his daily prayers
The missionaries need your prayers,
The preachers need them too;
Without the help of praying saints
There's not much they can do.
The teachers cannot teach the Word,
They need help day by day.
So hold them up before the throne
And get behind and pray.
C. SUPPLY. 19c
"the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ" -- used in the sense of support; finds its root in PARAKLETOS
(Holy Spirit) -- One called alongside to help.
"supply" -- gives us our English word chorus.
Whenever a Greek city was going to put on a special festival, somebody had to pay for the singers and dancers. The donation called for ...
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