Be with Christ (Phil. 1:23)

“I am hard pressed

Between the two.

My desire is

To depart

And be with Christ.

That is far better.”

συνέχομαι δὲ ἐκ τῶν δύο, τὴν ἐπιθυμίαν ἔχων εἰς τὸ ἀναλῦσαι καὶ σὺν Χριστῷ εἶναι, πολλῷ γὰρ μᾶλλον κρεῖσσον·

Paul said, “I am hard pressed (συνέχομαι) between the two ways (δὲ ἐκ τῶν δύο).  My desire (τὴν ἐπιθυμίαν) is to depart (εἰς τὸ ἀναλῦσαι) and be with Christ (καὶ σὺν Χριστῷ εἶναι).  That is far better (πολλῷ γὰρ μᾶλλον κρεῖσσον).”  Only the Pauline letters used this word κρεῖσσον, that means better, stronger, or more excellent.  Paul was hard pressed about what he preferred.  If he was to depart from human life on earth, he would be with Jesus Christ in eternity.  That seemed like a far better choice, than struggling here on earth, since that was his ultimate goal anyhow.  Do you think that heaven will be a better place than earth?

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