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And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your furtherance and joy of faith;
Note 19 at Php 1:25: The way Paul spoke in these verses indicates that he had the power to choose whether he lived or died. This has to be understood in light of the scripture that says, "It is appointed unto men once to die" (Heb 9:27). No one lives forever unless he or she is among those who remain at the second coming of the Lord. However, through faith, believers can prolong their days on the earth or shorten them through unbelief.