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Lesson # Phil. 1:18-20
Study Material - Phil. 1:18-20
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18 What [tis] then [gar]? notwithstanding [plen], every [pas] way [tropos], whether [eite] in pretence [prophasis], or [eite] in truth [aletheia], Christ [Christos] is preached [kataggello]; and [kai] I [chairo] therein [en] [touto] do rejoice [chairo], yea [alla], and [kai] will rejoice [chairo]. 19 For [gar] I know [eido] that [hoti] this [touto] shall turn [apobaino] to [eis] my [moi] salvation [soteria] through [dia] your [humon] prayer [deesis], and [kai] the supply [epichoregia] of the Spirit [pneuma] of Jesus [Iesous] Christ [Christos], 20 According [kata] to my [mou] earnest expectation [apokaradokia] and [kai] my hope [elpis], that [hoti] in [en] nothing [oudeis] I shall be ashamed [aischuno], but [alla] that with [en] all [pas] boldness [parrhesia], as [hos] always [pantote], so now [nun] also [kai] Christ [Christos] shall be magnified [megaluno] in [en] my [mou] body [soma], whether [eite] it be by [dia] life [zoe], or [eite] by [dia] death [thanatos]. KJV-Interlinear 18 What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed; and in this I rejoice, yes, and I will rejoice. 19 For I know that this shall turn out for my deliverance through your prayers and the provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, 20 according to my earnest expectation and hope, that I shall not be put to shame in anything, but that with all boldness, Christ shall even now, as always, be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. NASB
Paul notes that even though there are enemies against him, and some of those enemies have their own agenda, whereby they preach the gospel but desire their own popularity and envy Paul because of his popularity. Especially so, since Paul is in prison, then they would argue that anyone who is in prison cannot be sent from God, and this is a typical human view which is wrong.
Many great people have been incarcerated throughout history. Sometimes it for their own actions, sometimes inspite of their actions. Whether right or wrong, anyone who is in prison, or under any kind of duress in life, the real issue is not that person and what they did or did not do, but what is their attitude toward Christ and doctrine. Of course many people are in jail and they belong there. Some perhaps are in jail and did not deserve it, but the over riding issue in life is God, not that particular individuals crime or alleged crime. We do not judge a person because we do not have the right to judge a person. And I mean gossip style judgment of course. We do have a court system which is legitimate, and if you are called to serve on a jury or in some capacity in the court system, then you have a responsibility to sort through all the arguments and make a determination. We all have a responsibility to society to maintain law and order, otherwise chaos or tyranny reigns and many more wrongs will occur.
Paul had people attacking him who were also preaching the gospel. They envied him for his popularity. While others supported him despite his prison situation. 'What then', is the question posed. And the 'what then' refers to his response or our response to our enemies. We do not judge them. God has a plan and that plan incorporates all the events of history, be they good or bad. All things work together for good. So even if there are those who are evil in their motives, yet they present the gospel and some are saved because of their preaching, then the result is good for those who are saved. God does not justify the motives of the ones preaching, and they will certainly get their due punishment for their envy and strife they cause others. But God would not prevent the possibility of a person being saved just because the communicator was a jerk. The salvation of a person is far more important than the misguided thoughts of another. Both parties have ample opportunity to get themselves straightened out.
So Paul is happy that there are those who will be saved and destined to heaven, even though Paul himself did not get the credit for saving them. Remember that our place in this life is not to accumulate popularity for ourselves. The proclamation of Christ supersedes all else.
For the result of proclaiming Christ serves to benefit all of us. In that the more people who believe in Christ, the more blessing for us all, whether by direct benefit from our own spiritual growth, or by indirect benefit by our association with other believers. A nation full of believers, that is, positive believers, is a prosperous nation.
By means of the preaching of the gospel. By means of the prayers of growing believers. By means of the spreading of Bible doctrine, and the provisions of Gods Spirit, the Holy Spirit which indwells all believers and controls all believers who are in fellowship, then blessings abound.
Then we are not put to shame. Our expectation and confidence in God is justified and supported by Gods character and by His doctrine in us. Such that Christ will be exalted in our bodies. And this is the ultimate status we can achieve in our lives here on earth, or in death. This is spiritual maturity.
The Bible refers to three stages of growth. The first being Gal. 4:19, Christ formed in you, or the child stage of spiritual growth. The second being Eph. 3:16-17, Christ at home in your heart, or a middle stage of spiritual growth, a thinking stage. And then the third and final stage of spiritual completion Phil. 1:20, Christ glorified in your body, or the mature stage of spiritual growth.
This then is the final stage of spiritual growth. You know doctrine and apply it to your life. The events of the world around you do not bother you. Your circumstances do not bother you. If you are wrongfully accused or otherwise taken advantage of, that too does not bother you. Because Christ, doctrine, your personal destiny in heaven are all more real to you in your life, than all of the temporary situations in this world Life. Life will throw many things at you, but the ultimate event in your life will be your own death, and after that nothing in this world can touch you. Even in this world, your soul cannot be touched if you have Bible doctrine in it.
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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