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Philippians, Chapter One, Lesson Four

V.20 (Cont'd.)

** Given his present set of circumstances, how could Paul be "put to shame"?

By giving in to the pressures of the unsaved world around him, by giving in to the expediency of self preservation, to the point of denying Christ. cf. 2Peter 2:1 with Titus 2:6-8, 1Peter 3:16

** We know of course that Paul was always bold, what impact did that boldness have on the name of Christ?

Christ was exalted in the body of Paul.

** Was this something new that Paul was asking for?

No - he said, "even now, as always". It was the general pattern of life for the apostle to bring glory to Christ through his own body. cf. Galatians 6:17, - "the brand-marks of Jesus"
2Corinthians 4:7-11, - "the dying of Jesus"

** What are the two general methods by which we can exalt Jesus Christ with our bodies?

1. "...by life..."
2. "...by death..."

** Is it possible to so live out our Christian lives, that we only care for His exaltation in us and not be concerned with life or death?

It is not only possible, it is the norm for His children. It should be the pursuit of every heart.
cf. 2Corinthians 5:6-9

V.21 ** What perspective of life and death does now Paul share with us, which is designed to make us bold?

"For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain".

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