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Rescue
Philippians 1:19-26
INTRODUCTION
Mike Tyson, “I knew there was a possibility that I could die during training, during a fight. I knew that. But I wasn’t scared, because I thought if anybody was going to die, I would do the killing,” Tyson said in March. “That self-confidence was a survival mechanism. But now, from my experience, from what I believe, the more I know about not existing, the more willing I am to die.”
When asked whether he looked forward to death, Tyson replied: “Yeah. I don’t fear it.”
Hope is confidence- confidence is something that is yet to happen.
Tyson had False Hope:
Hebrews 9:27
Hebrews 9:27 ESV
And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment,
Paul was going through a difficult time- But he had hope in Jesus.
Paul was going to be rescued by life or by death.
READ Philippians 1:19-26
Philippians 1:19–26 ESV
for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance, as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account. Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith, so that in me you may have ample cause to glory in Christ Jesus, because of my coming to you again.
PRAY
3 Truths Concerning Our Rescue

It is Expected (19-20a)

“I know”= literally to know with obtained knowledge through information in the mind, not experience.
What deliverance does he know?
It is not deliverance from prison.
He knows that his ultimate deliverance is heaven.
See last of this sentence= whether by life or by death.
“eager expectation”= keen anticipation
ILL- stretching neck to see what lies ahead.
Hunting- hear something in the leaves.
Expecting God to do something any second.
Result of a hope that gives expectation= COURAGE (20)
Hope applied to your daily struggles makes you bold.

It is for Christ (20b)

Paul’s definition of deliverance= anything that magnifies Christ.
His perspective was, whether he lived or died Jesus was going to be glorified.
ILL- Kepler Spacecraft, though out of commission, found a new earth-like planet 300 light-years from earth. it uses “transit method”, looking for tiny brightness dips caused by planets crossing the path between Kepler and the star.
Able to discover things that we never could have seen on earth.
When we are looking with keen anticipation for Christ to work we will see things differently than those around us.
We see with hope.
We see with Christ’s glory-not our glory in focus.
Our idea of rescue and God’s could be different and then we miss what God is trying to accomplish.

It is Guaranteed (21-26)

2 Possibilities= one Purpose
Life and death= For God’s Glory
Life
Not selfish life but obedient life.
Galatians 2:20
Galatians 2:20 ESV
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Fruitful labor (22)
you are not truly living if you are not producing spiritual fruit.
If your life is about yourself you are missing it.
For others
meet their needs (24)
For their joy of seeing Christ work (26)
And therefore, causes people to bring glory to Christ.
Death
Death was an even greater deliverance than getting out of prison.
Many fighting health battles come to realize the blessing of death.
Revelation 14:13
Revelation 14:13 ESV
And I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Blessed indeed,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!”
But it is deliverance for even those who are not sick.
Being with Christ is greater than living on fallen earth.
Positive anticipation of death is where we should be as believers.
2 Corinthians 5:1-10
2 Corinthians 5:1–10 ESV
For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling, if indeed by putting it on we may not be found naked. For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened—not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee. So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.
CONCLUSION
Are you confident in your faith that you look forward to your eternal dwelling?
Death does not have to be feared.
John 3:16
John 3:16 ESV
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
Romans 3:23
Romans 3:23 ESV
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Romans 6:23
Romans 6:23 ESV
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 10:9
Romans 10:9 ESV
because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
Have you accepted the free gift and prepared yourself to be rescued?
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