For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. (Phillipians 1:21, KJV)
For me to live is Christ [His life in me], and to die is gain [the gain of the glory of eternity]. (Amp.)
This verse certainly seems simple enough, but what does it mean? Is there more than what we learned in Sunday School, so many years ago?
Quite possibly. You see, one of the mistakes of the modern era in Christian teaching is that folks tend to speak as though "Christ" is Jesus' last name.
Christ is the English translation of Cristos ... which is the Greek translation of Masiah (Messiah) which means "anointed one" or "the anointed".
Anointed? With what?
Once again, the Bible provides that definition, as Acts 10:38 describes
... how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. [Emphasis added - Ed.]
That verse not only tells us with what Jesus was anointed, but what it was for.
We who call ourselves Christians (literally, "little Christs"), do we seek His power? Are we baptized in (or with) the Holy Ghost and power? Are we using it for doing good, and healing all who are oppressed of the devil?
After all, that's why Jesus came, and it's what He expects us to do.
So we must ask: if not, why not?