Paul’s words “To die is gain” (Philippians 1:21) were radical for any time, but especially for the ancient world from which he came.
People might have hoped in a resurrection from the dead, but until the gospel of Jesus Christ no one had heard God’s plan for exactly what He would do about it. The gospel made His plans clear, in terms more wonderful and more precise than anyone had expected.
Leaving aside for the moment the mechanics of what would occur in the apostolic (i.e. the New Testament) age, let us dwell on how things would work for everyone afterward…including us, of course. When we die, we immediately go to heaven to be with Christ (Philippians 1:23; 1 Thessalonians 4:17). We immediately receive new bodies which are suitable to life in heaven (1 Corinthians 15:35-44). In those new bodies we are neither male nor female (Luke 20:34-36); that is, there is no marriage and thus no procreation in heaven. It’s unnecessary because we will no longer be subject to death. Thus we will live eternally in heaven with God. Let your relationship with God be built on this glorious foundation of a secure future.
No wonder Paul said that to die was gain! The ancient world had seen death as a lifeless existence in a vague netherworld. They could never think of dying as gaining…until they heard the gospel of Jesus Christ!
The purpose of this blog is to praise Jesus Christ in biblical terms.