For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. — PHILIPPIANS 1:21
When the body dies, the inward man still lives. In today’s text, Paul was talking about physical death — and he said it is gain.
That does away with the theory that when a man is dead, he’s dead like a dog, and that’s the end of it. There certainly wouldn’t be any gain to that.
It also does away with the theory that when you die, you just float around like a cloud in the sky. There wouldn’t be any gain to that, either.
And it also does away with the theory of reincarnation. (That’s all it is — a theory! It’s certainly not scriptural.) Some people think they will be born again into this life — that the next time they might be a cow, or a horse, or even a fly. There wouldn’t be any gain to coming back as a cow — you might get eaten. If you were a mosquito, you might get squashed. How foolish people can become when they leave the Bible and get off into false teachings!
The truth is just as the Bible presents it: At physical death, the bornagain believer — an eternal spirit being — departs to be with Christ, and that is gain!
For “me” to live in this physical body is Christ. The life of Christ dwells within the real me — the man on the inside, the eternal spirit being.
Excerpt From: Kenneth E. Hagin. “Faith Food Devotions.”.