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March 31, 2015

Daily Devotionals: (March 31st) Patrick’s Death and Burial

by Aaron Dunlop

Patrick of Ireland: A Devotional History

Reading: “For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.” Philippians 1:23-24  

There are many things that are beyond our control in life and in death. In life we try to fix what we cannot fix and we tend to get anxious about those things after our death over which we have no control. Patrick knew that when he died his burial might end up being a pagan one, but that it was in the Lord’s hands and he must leave it there. He determined to do that “though I should even go without burial or my body be torn most pitiably limb from limb for dogs or savage beasts to share or the birds of the air devour it” (Confession, sec. 59).

Patrick’s goal was to glorify God, however that might come about, to live and die for and with the people of God: “And if I have ever aimed at any good for my God’s sake, whom I love, I beg Him to grant that I may shed my blood for His name along with those exiles and captives” (Confession, sec. 59). Paul had the same desire for the people of God, saying that to be with God is far better, yet to remain in the flesh was more needful for the church. It was for the church that Paul lived (Philippians 1:24).

Notice also, Christian, that Patrick feared nothing that might hurt the body in pursuing the glory of God. Like Paul he knew that “though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day” and because of this, he did not faint (2 Corinthians 4:16). He says, “It is my strong conviction that if this should happen to me, I would have gained my soul as well as my body; for beyond any doubt in that day we shall rise in the sun’s brilliant light, that is, in the glory of Christ Jesus our redeemer, to be sons of the living God and heirs with Christ and shaped to His likeness; for we shall reign from Him and through Him and in Him” (Confession, sec. 59).

Is this your hope, Christian? What a blessed expectation—a soul redeemed from hell and a body from the grave! “In that day we shall rise in the sun’s brilliant light, that is, in the glory of Christ Jesus our redeemer.” Live in the realisation of this and you will live a “life more abundant!”

“He whose head is in heaven need not fear to put his feet into the grave.”—Mathew Henry

All quotations from the Confession or Letter of Patrick are taken from the edition by A. B. E. Hood, 1978.

June 13, 2014

Daily Devotionals (June 13th): The Gain of Death

by Aaron Dunlop

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Matthew Henry said;

Death is a great loss to a carnal, worldly man, for he loses all his earthly comforts and all his hopes; but to a true believer it is gain, for it is the end of all his weakness and misery. It delivers him from all the evils of life, and brings him to possess the chief good. The apostle’s difficulty was not between living in this world and living in heaven; between these two there is no comparison; but between serving Christ in this world and enjoying him in another. Not between two evil things, but between two good things; living to Christ and being with him.

See the power of faith and of Divine grace; it can make us willing to die. In this world we are compassed with sin; but when with Christ, we shall escape sin and temptation, sorrow and death, for ever. But those who have most reason to desire to depart, should be willing to remain in the world as long as God has any work for them to do. And the more unexpected mercies are before they come, the more of God will be seen in them.

Reading: For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”—Philippians 1:21 

June 12, 2014

Daily Devotionals (June 12th): “To Die Is Gain”—Forever with Christ

by Aaron Dunlop

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“No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there.” So said Steve Jobs, a Zen Buddhist and the co-founder of Apple, on June 2005 at a time in his life when the prospect of death was uncomfortably real. He died six years later. No one wants to die because death is an enemy (1 Corinthians 15:26) and human beings have been gifted with an instinctive enemy-avoidance mechanism called self-preservation. From the time of our birth we spend our lives dodging death and we have made it into a multi-million dollar industry—from health food, medical technology, and pharmaceuticals, all the way to fitness and exercise.

It is indeed true that death is an enemy, but like all enemies to the Christian life death has been defeated. So, while we must go through the passage of physical death, no harm can come to us and so faith is the victory that overcomes our fear of death. The Lord will give us dying grace.

Paul dealt with the fear of death by looking beyond death to the gain of glory, which meant to be in the presence of the glorious One (Philippians 1:23). It appears from these verses that Paul’s anticipation of being eternally in the presence of the Lord smothered any fear of the process of death. His language used in verse 23 is strong and definite. He did not simply say he desired to be with Christ and ignore the process of death—which he knew would be at the pleasure of the Roman Caesar. Paul said he had a “craving to depart” in order “to be with Christ.” The emphasis of course is being with Christ, but the departure was necessary. The word that he used is used of a ship loosing from it moorings or of a camp “breaking up.” Whatever pulls up the tent pegs of this terrestrial life or loosens our moorings on earth can be only good if we are promised grace in Christ and the end is gain with Christ.

Reading: For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”—Philippians 1:21 

March 31, 2013

Daily Devotionals: (March 31st) Patrick’s Death and Burial

by Aaron Dunlop

Patrick of Ireland: A Devotional History

Reading: “For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.” Philippians 1:23-24  

There are many things that are beyond our control in life and in death. In life we try to fix what we cannot fix and we tend to get anxious about those things after our death over which we have no control. Patrick knew that when he died his burial might end up being a pagan one, but that it was in the Lord’s hands and he must leave it there. He determined to do that “though I should even go without burial or my body be torn most pitiably limb from limb for dogs or savage beasts to share or the birds of the air devour it” (Confession, sec. 59).

Patrick’s goal was to glorify God, however that might come about, to live and die for and with the people of God: “And if I have ever aimed at any good for my God’s sake, whom I love, I beg Him to grant that I may shed my blood for His name along with those exiles and captives” (Confession, sec. 59). Paul had the same desire for the people of God, saying that to be with God is far better, yet to remain in the flesh was more needful for the church. It was for the church that Paul lived (Philippians 1:24).

Notice also, Christian, that Patrick feared nothing that might hurt the body in pursuing the glory of God. Like Paul he knew that “though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day” and because of this, he did not faint (2 Corinthians 4:16). He says, “It is my strong conviction that if this should happen to me, I would have gained my soul as well as my body; for beyond any doubt in that day we shall rise in the sun’s brilliant light, that is, in the glory of Christ Jesus our redeemer, to be sons of the living God and heirs with Christ and shaped to His likeness; for we shall reign from Him and through Him and in Him” (Confession, sec. 59).

Is this your hope, Christian? What a blessed expectation—a soul redeemed from hell and a body from the grave! “In that day we shall rise in the sun’s brilliant light, that is, in the glory of Christ Jesus our redeemer.” Live in the realisation of this and you will live a “life more abundant!”

“He whose head is in heaven need not fear to put his feet into the grave.”—Mathew Henry

All quotations from the Confession or Letter of Patrick are taken from the edition by A. B. E. Hood, 1978.

March 31, 2012

Daily Devotionals: (March 31st) Patrick’s Death and Burial

by Aaron Dunlop

Patrick of Ireland: A Devotional History

Reading: “For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.” Philippians 1:23-24  

There are many things that are beyond our control in life and in death. In life we try to fix what we cannot fix and we tend to get anxious about those things after our death over which we have no control. Patrick knew that when he died his burial might end up being a pagan one, but that it was in the Lord’s hands and he must leave it there. He determined to do that “though I should even go without burial or my body be torn most pitiably limb from limb for dogs or savage beasts to share or the birds of the air devour it” (Confession, sec. 59).

Patrick’s goal was to glorify God, however that might come about, to live and die for and with the people of God: “And if I have ever aimed at any good for my God’s sake, whom I love, I beg Him to grant that I may shed my blood for His name along with those exiles and captives” (Confession, sec. 59). Paul had the same desire for the people of God, saying that to be with God is far better, yet to remain in the flesh was more needful for the church. It was for the church that Paul lived (Philippians 1:24).

Notice also, Christian, that Patrick feared nothing that might hurt the body in pursuing the glory of God. Like Paul he knew that “though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day” and because of this, he did not faint (2 Corinthians 4:16). He says, “It is my strong conviction that if this should happen to me, I would have gained my soul as well as my body; for beyond any doubt in that day we shall rise in the sun’s brilliant light, that is, in the glory of Christ Jesus our redeemer, to be sons of the living God and heirs with Christ and shaped to His likeness; for we shall reign from Him and through Him and in Him” (Confession, sec. 59).

Is this your hope, Christian? What a blessed expectation—a soul redeemed from hell and a body from the grave! “In that day we shall rise in the sun’s brilliant light, that is, in the glory of Christ Jesus our redeemer.” Live in the realisation of this and you will live a “life more abundant!”

“He whose head is in heaven need not fear to put his feet into the grave.”—Mathew Henry

All quotations from the Confession or Letter of Patrick are taken from the edition by A. B. E. Hood, 1978.

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