In my human flesh
Is more necessary
For your good.”
τὸ δὲ ἐπιμένειν τῇ σαρκὶ ἀναγκαιότερον δι’ ὑμᾶς.
Paul said, “However, to remain (τὸ δὲ ἐπιμένειν) in my human flesh (τῇ σαρκὶ) is more necessary (ἀναγκαιότερον) for your good (δι’ ὑμᾶς).” Paul then explained that if he remained in his human body here on earth, that would be more helpful to the Philippians. He might prefer the delights of eternal rest with Jesus Christ, but the work of helping people understand Jesus that he did here on earth was more important for the young fledgling Christian community at Philippi. Do you see your work here on earth as important?