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What does it mean that “to die is gain” (Philippians )?

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Philippians says, “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” In order to understand Paul’s words, we must first look at the context.

The book of Philippiansis a letter from the apostle Paul to the church in Philippi. In the epistle, Paul encourages the church, gives them advice, prescribes the life Christians should lead, and more. At the beginning of chapter 1, Paul opens with greetings to the church, letting them know how much he yearns for them (Philippians –8). He then goes on to speak of his current imprisonment in Rome and attempts to put the minds of the church members at ease (verses 12–14). Paul knows his suffering is happening for a reason, and that reason is to further the message of Christ: “What has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel” (verse 12).

In Philippians –20, we see the contextual setup for Paul’s “to die is gain” statement. Up to this time, Paul had already suffered much in his missionary journeys. He was beaten, stoned, hated and derided, shipwrecked, and now imprisoned. But Paul found joy in his afflictions, because they had strengthened his faith exponentially and allowed him to serve as a strong witness for Christ. Preaching and living out the Word of God was Paul’s highest goal, and these events had provided him with ample opportunities for evangelism. He literally presented his body “as a living sacrifice” (Romans ) for God’s kingdom. Because he had faithfully run the race set before him (Hebrews ), he knew God would be honored through both his life and his death (Philippians –20).

This brings us to Paul’s statement, “to live is Christ and to die is gain” (Philippians ). As Christians, our whole lives are to bring glory to God, and Paul had the assurance that, even in his suffering, he was accomplishing that goal (“to live is Christ”). But, as we see in the second part of the verse, Paul knew that his death would bring glory to God as well—and not only that, but it would also be the time when his faith would come to fruition and he would live with his Savior forever (“to die is gain”). Paul longed for the day when death would bring him face to face with Jesus (verse )

All Christians feel the pull of heaven and yearn for an eternity with Christ. Heaven will be far better than our earthly life, for we will be present with our Savior in a place devoid of sin, sickness, and death (2 Corinthians ). What we lose in life we will gain in heaven. Before that time comes, our purpose on Earth is to live as a light of hope in the darkness of sin and death (Matthew ). We live a life of sacrifice so we may be assured, as Paul was, that even our death will glorify Christ Jesus.

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Philippians — English Standard Version (ESV)

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

Philippians — King James Version (KJV )

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

Philippians — New Living Translation (NLT)

21 For to me, living means living for Christ, and dying is even better.

Philippians — The New King James Version (NKJV)

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

Philippians — New Century Version (NCV)

21 To me the only important thing about living is Christ, and dying would be profit for me.

Philippians — American Standard Version (ASV )

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

Philippians — Darby Bible (DARBY)

21 For for me to live is Christ, and to die gain;

Philippians — GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

21 Christ means everything to me in this life, and when I die I’ll have even more.

Philippians — The Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

21 For me, living is Christ and dying is gain.

Philippians — The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

21 For to me, living is Christ and dying is gain.

Philippians — The Lexham English Bible (LEB)

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

Philippians — New International Reader’s Version (NIrV)

21 For me, life finds all of its meaning in Christ. Death also has its benefits.

Philippians — New American Standard Bible: Update (NASB95)

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


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Philippians 1
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Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, To all the saints in Christ Jesus at Philippi, together with the overseers [1] and deacons:
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Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
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I thank my God every time I remember you.
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In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy
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because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now,
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being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
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It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart; for whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God's grace with me.
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God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.
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And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight,
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so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ,
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filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ--to the glory and praise of God.
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Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel.
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As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard [2] and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ.
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Because of my chains, most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to speak the word of God more courageously and fearlessly.
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It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill.
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The latter do so in love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel.
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The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains. [3]
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But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice. Yes, and I will continue to rejoice,
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for I know that through your prayers and the help given by the Spirit of Jesus Christ, what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance. [4]
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I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.
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For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.
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If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know!
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I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far;
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but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body.
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Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith,
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so that through my being with you again your joy in Christ Jesus will overflow on account of me.
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Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in one spirit, contending as one man for the faith of the gospel
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without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you. This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved--and that by God.
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For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for him,
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since you are going through the same struggle you saw I had, and now hear that I still have.
  1. [1] Traditionally bishops
  2. [13] Or whole palace
  3. [16,17] Some late manuscripts have verses 16 and 17 in reverse order.
  4. [19] Or salvation


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New International Version
For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.

New Living Translation
For to me, living means living for Christ, and dying is even better.

English Standard Version
For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

Berean Study Bible
For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

Berean Literal Bible
For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.

King James Bible
For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

New King James Version
For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

New American Standard Bible
For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

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

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

Amplified Bible
For to me, to live is Christ [He is my source of joy, my reason to live] and to die is gain [for I will be with Him in eternity].

Christian Standard Bible
For me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For me, living is Christ and dying is gain.

American Standard Version
For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For my life is The Messiah, and if I shall die, it is gain for me.

Contemporary English Version
If I live, it will be for Christ, and if I die, I will gain even more.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For to me, to live is Christ; and to die is gain.

English Revised Version
For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

Good News Translation
For what is life? To me, it is Christ. Death, then, will bring more.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Christ means everything to me in this life, and when I die I'll have even more.

International Standard Version
For to me, to go on living is the Messiah, and to die is gain.

Literal Standard Version
for to me to live [is] Christ, and to die [is] gain.

NET Bible
For to me, living is Christ and dying is gain.

New Heart English Bible
For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

Weymouth New Testament
For, with me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.

World English Bible
For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

Young's Literal Translation
for to me to live is Christ, and to die gain.

Additional Translations

Context

To Live is Christ
20I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have complete boldness so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. 21Forto me,to liveis Christ,andto dieis gainBut if I go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. So what shall I choose? I do not know.&#;

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Cross References

Galatians
I have been crucified with Christ, and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.

Philippians
But if I go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. So what shall I choose? I do not know.



Treasury of Scripture

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

to live.

Philippians
According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.

Philippians
For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ's.

1 Corinthians
But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:

to die.

Philippians
For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:

Isaiah ,2
The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come&#;

Romans
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? &#;





Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(21) To live isChristThis, of course, means "Christ is my life," yet not in the sense that He is the source and principle of life in us, but that the whole concrete state of life is so lived in Him that it becomes a simple manifestation of His presence. The opposition in the passage is between the states of living and dying (or being dead), not between the principles of life and death. It is, therefore, in some sense distinct from the cognate passages--Colossians , "Ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. . . . Christ is our life;" and Galatians , "I live, yet not I, but Christ liveth in me." Those passages set forth the cause; this the result. If Christ be the principle of life in us, then whatever we think and say and do, exhibiting visibly that inner life, must be the manifestation of Christ.

To die is gainThis follows from the other. Death is a new stage in the progress of union with Christ. So we read in 2Corinthians , "Knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord . . . we are willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord." "To depart" (see Philippians ) is, in a higher sense than can be realised here, "to be with Christ."

Pulpit Commentary

Verse For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. Others, as Calvin, render (not so well), "For to me Christ is gain both in life and in death." The alternative suggested in Ver. 20 leads St. Paul to a short digression on the comparative advantages of life and death; he is content with either. Life is blessed, for it is Christ; comp. Colossians , "Christ, who is our Life," and Galatians it. 20, "Not I, but Christ liveth in me;" "Quit-quid rive, Christum vivo" (Bengel). The life of Christ lives, breathes, energizes, in the life of his saints. His flesh, his incarnate life is their meat; his blood, the mystery of his atonement, is the drink of their souls. He abideth in them, and they in him. And yet death is gain; the slate of death, not the act of dying, is meant (the infinitive is aorist, τὸ ἀποθανεῖν), for the dead in Christ are at home with the Lord (ἐνδημοῦντες πρὸς τὸν Κύριον) in a far more blessed sense than the saints on earth.

Parallel Commentaries


Greek

For
&#;&#;&#;(gar)
Conjunction
Strong's For. A primary particle; properly, assigning a reason.

to me,
&#;&#;&#;&#;(Emoi)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Dative 1st Person Singular
Strong's I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

to live
&#;&#;&#;(z&#;n)
Verb - Present Infinitive Active
Strong's To live, be alive. A primary verb; to live.

[is] Christ,
&#;&#;&#;&#;&#;&#;&#;(Christos)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Anointed One; the Messiah, the Christ. From chrio; Anointed One, i.e. The Messiah, an epithet of Jesus.

and
&#;&#;&#;(kai)
Conjunction
Strong's And, even, also, namely.

to die
&#;&#;&#;&#;&#;&#;&#;&#;&#;(apothanein)
Verb - Aorist Infinitive Active
Strong's To be dying, be about to die, wither, decay. From apo and thnesko; to die off.

[is] gain.
&#;&#;&#;&#;&#;&#;(kerdos)
Noun - Nominative Neuter Singular
Strong's Gain, advantage, profit. Of uncertain affinity; gain.


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Philippians Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

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

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

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

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

Philippians , NLT: "For to me, living means living for Christ, and dying is even better."

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

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