According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always…
I. HOW CHRIST IS MAGNIFIED IN THE CHRISTIAN'S LIFE. To magnify is to make great, or to. celebrate existing greatness. In the second sense only can Christ be magnified. Christ is magnified —
1. In the conversion of His people.
2. In their sanctification.
3. In their devoted labours in His cause.
4. In their trials and sufferings.
5. In the abiding results which their services secure.
II. HOW CHRIST IS MAGNIFIED IN THE CHRISTIAN'S DEATH.
1. By raising his soul above the dread which it naturally inspires.
2. By abiding hopes and consolations in his death.
3. Through the influence which his death exerts on those who survive.Conclusion: Our theme ought to lead us —
1. To see the power and glory of the Saviour.
2. The characters to whom only the text applies.
3. The grand aim of the Christian ministry.
4. That the Christian need not be painfully anxious about the events, of life.
(J. Burns, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: 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.