For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
I. THE CHRISTIAN'S LIFE IS CHRIST.
1. Obedience to Christ's precepts. These preferred
(1) to the dictates of man,
(2) and to personal inclinations.
2. Admiration of Christ's character. Jesus is regarded as —
(1) The ideal of perfection.
(2) The model of imitation.
3. Devotion to Christ's interests. True Christians seek —
(1) The extension of Christ's dominion.
(2) The exaltation of Christ's name.
4. Inspiration by Christ's Spirit.
(1) In us there is no inherent holiness.
(2) Our good desires are derived from Christ.
5. Sustentation by Christ's power.
(1) We are naturally impotent.
(2) Christ works in His people, and they can do all things through Him strengthening them.
II. THE CHRISTIAN'S DEATH IS GAIN.
1. Physically. The resurrection body will be characterized by —
(1) Perfect health.
(2) Perfect beauty.
(3) Capability of increased power and activity.
(1) All hindrances to intellectual pursuits will be removed.
(2) Mental facilities will be increased.
3. Socially. Death introduces the Christian to —
(1) A more respectable circle of acquaintance. (a) The great and good of all ages. (b) The holy angels. (c) Christ Himself.
(2) A better place of residence.
(3) Unprecedented possessions.
4. Spiritually. After his decease the Christian has —
(1) A freedom from external temptations.
(2) A deliverance from inherent depravity.
(3) A constant manifestation of the glory of God.
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