..........Myspace Codes An Extraordinary Life: Philippians 1 ~ Partnership

Monday, January 03, 2011

Philippians 1 ~ Partnership

The first chapter of Paul's letter to the Philippians overflows with the joy in the Philippians' partnership in the gospel (verse 5). Paul responds to this joy he has by praying that the Philippians' love may abound more and more, with knowledge and discernment (verse 9). It is a different love from the concept of "love" that we have come to familiarize ourselves with. This is discerning love, to decide what is right and wrong, that they may be filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God (verse 11).

From verses 12-26, we can see Paul rejoicing in hardship for this will turn out for his deliverance (verse 19) to honour and proclaim Christ. His desire to be with Christ is profoundly stated in verse 23 yet he realizes that it is far better to remain in the flesh (verse 24) for the sake of his gospel partners. This prompts a question to us Christians: Like Paul, are we willing to forgo the pleasures of this life and even heaven itself to proclaim Christ?

Such rejoicing in our partnership to proclaim Christ should be equally met with the joy in our partnership to live for Christ (verses 27-30). Living for Christ includes afflictions and suffering, which can be dealt with by expecting suffering (verse 29) and being united in the truth (verse 27).

Will you be my partner in the gospel of Christ?

Labels: , ,


Post a Comment

<< Home