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Magnifying Christ by Living Him

Philippians 1:19~21:

Pp 1:19: For I know that for me this will turn out to salvation through your petition and the bountiful supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,

Pp 1:20: According to my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I will be put to shame, but with all boldness, as always, even now Christ will be magnified in my body, whether through life or through death.

Pp 1:21: For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.


WHAT IT MEANS TO LIVE CHRIST

We need this salvation not only to bring us out of negative things, but also to bring us into a glorious condition of presenting the word of life to those around us. The salvation in 1:19 brings us into a state where Christ is magnified in us, and the salvation in 2:12 brings us into a condition where we hold forth the living Christ as the word of life to others. To have this salvation, which we need daily and hourly, is to live Christ in a practical way.

Do you know what it means to live Christ? To live Christ means that no matter what our circumstances may be, Christ is magnified in us and we are not put to shame in anything. Hence, the salvation in 1:19 is equal to living Christ. To enjoy and experience this salvation is to live Christ. Furthermore, to live Christ also means that in our daily life we are saved from murmurings, reasonings, crookedness, and perverseness and that we present our living Lord as the word of life to those whom we meet day by day. What a tremendous salvation! We all need this daily, constant salvation, a salvation which is nothing other than Christ Himself.

(Excerpted from Chapter 47 of the Life-study of Philippians)


腓立比书一19~21:

一19: 因为我知道,这事借着你们的祈求,和耶稣基督之灵全备的供应,终必叫我得救。

一20:这是照着我所专切期待并盼望的,就是没有一事会叫我羞愧,只要凡事放胆,无论是生,是死,总叫基督在我身体上,现今也照常显大,

一21: 因为在我,活着就是基督,死了就有益处。


活基督的意义


我们需要这种救恩,不仅带我们脱离消极的事物,更带我们进入荣耀的光景里,就是向我们周围的人陈明生命的话。一章十九节的救恩将我们带进一种光景里,叫基督在我们身上显大;而二章十二节的救恩将我们带进一种光景里,使我们向人表明活的基督作为生命的话。我们得着这种每日、每时都需要的救恩,就是实际的活基督。


你知道活基督是甚么意思么?活基督就是不论在何种景况,基督都在我们身上显大,并且没有一事叫我们羞愧。因此,一章十九节的救恩就等于活基督。享受并经历这样的救恩,就是活基督。此外,活基督也是指我们在日常生活里,蒙拯救脱离发怨言、起争论、弯曲和悖谬,并向我们每日所遇见的人陈明我们活的主作为生命的话。何等浩大的救恩!我们都需要这种每日、常时的救恩,而这救恩一点不差就是基督自己。

(摘自腓立比书生命读经第四十七章)

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