Philippians 1:21

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

There are a thousand different ways to die, but there is only one way to get life. This is true in the spiritual and in the physical sense. A person can only have life from their mother and father and by being naturally born through childbirth. However, death could come in many forms and ways and at any time. Spiritual decay and death will come in many different ways to you from the enemy. Spiritual eternal life, however, only comes in one form and that form is Christ.

There is a point of origin to all life. Our birthdays are when we were born and became living and breathing babies. There is always a point of origin or a starting point. The life of God is eternal and has no beginning, but this fleshly body had a beginning and someday this veil of flesh will be dropped and we will be transformed into that eternal stream of God’s life. Our point of origin as the Bride is the faith of the apostolic fathers, this is what our hearts have been turned to and what our hearts long for, the faith of the first church. They could say with conviction, “To live is Christ! To die is gain.” Not only this, but their faith was in action.

What is it for you to live? Is Christ your life? Is He everything to you? The life of Christ only operates on the basis of faith. To live is Christ.

If you are a born again, Holy Ghost-filled Believer, then for you to die in the physical sense is simply gain. It would simply be the culmination of your faith. To live, however, must be Christ. The logos, in the Greek, was everything that God was, all His attributes, poured into Christ (Colossians 1:15). Everything that Christ is lives now in you, the Body of Christ.

Every ounce of your being should be consumed by Christ. Everything that you are is because of Christ. Everything that you do, your hopes, ambitions, and desires should be solely Christ. He is your point of origin, and your hope for the next life, and all of that rests on the foundation, your faith. I Corinthians 3:11 says, “For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.”

If you are a born again Believer, to die is gain, but what is it for you to live?

An Exposition Of The Seven Church Ages - Chapter Three - The Ephesian Church Age

Revelation 2:5, "Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent."

God tells them to REMEMBER. Evidently something had left their minds. They had forgotten something. He told them to turn back in their minds to their point of origin. The origin of the first age was Pentecost. They had fallen from it. They had forgotten the glory and wonder of it. It was time to go back in mind and then in reality. Back to when they could say, "For me to live is Christ." Back to purity when Ananias and Sapphira were dealt with. Back to the Gate Beautiful. Oh, what a reproach it is to drift from God and countenance those acts that defile His Name. Let those who name His Name depart from sin and keep their vessels pure for God. Look at what you once were in your heart, and mind, and in your life. Then go back to it.

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