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January 12th, 2018 - Phil 1: 27-30

                          Daily Devotional <> Friday <> January 12, 2018

                   Suffering for Christ's sake <> Philippians 1:27-30

                    Point of Contact <> Bro. Ben Van Winkle

 

   Here Paul's adds a word of caution: “Only let your conduct be worthy of the Gospel of Christ.” Christians need to be as much like Christ as humanly possible. As citizens of heaven we should behave accordingly. We should be in practice on what we are positioned to do.

   In addition to this appeal for consistency, he also makes an appeal for us to be constant. Specifically, Paul desires that whether he comes to them in person, he hears a good report about them, he wants to know that they are standing fast with a united Spirit, laboring honestly “for the faith of the Gospel, that is, the Christian faith. As Christians we fight a common foe, we should not fight each other, but unite against the enemy.

 

   We should not be terrified of the enemies of the Gospel. To be fearless in the face of persecution has a twofold meaning. First; It is destruction to those who fight against God. Second; It is Salvation to those who stand against the foe. Paul here is most likely referring to the eventual deliverance of the saints from trial & the redemption of the body as well as spirit & soul.

 

   The Philippians should remember that it is a privilege to suffer for Christ as well as to believe in Him.

   Dr. Griffith John, once wrote when he was surrounded by a hostile crowd of heathens & was beaten, he put his hand to his face & when he withdrew it, saw that it was bathed in blood. “He was possessed with an extraordinary sense of exaltation, & he rejoiced that he was counted worthy to suffer for His name.”  Is it not remarkable that even suffering is exalted by Christianity to such a lofty plane? Even an apparent trifle burns with the fire immortal when it is in communion with the infinite.” The cross dignifies & the character.

   The privilege of suffering for Christ has been granted to you, since you are engaged in the same kind of conflict which you saw in me when I was in Philippi & now hear that I am still waging.  Continue to stay engaged in presenting the Gospel.