Scripture Reading: Philippians 1:20
Paul's salvation (or deliverance) in verse 19, of which he was so sure, is interesting to consider in light of his last statement in verse 20: " ... so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life or by death." On one hand, . Paul's anticipation was to be released from prison, so he could continue to minister the things of Christ to the Philippians. On the other hand, according to his expectation and hope, even if he died for the cause of Christ, his hope and message would not be put to shame. Either way, Paul counted it deliverance. It was a no-lose situationPaul had a confidence the Lord was not through with Him yet (verse 25). Even so, he was ready to put it all on the line; and let the Lord take care ofthe details. Paul's hope gave him great boldness; and in this boldness, he was ready to magnify the Lord.
We who know Christ as our personal Saviour realize that we are seated with Him in the heaven lies and that He will bring us to glory. He will surely fulfill this hope. No matter what befalls us, we know this is true. This is the primary aspect to our hope. The secondary aspect is that we know as we are living for Him and bold to speak for Him, He will use us for His glory now, whether it be by life or by death! Though it may seem that this is just speaking to elders or those in "the ministry," may I say that we are all in the ministry of Christ. We are all supposed to be serving the Lord full-time, therefore we will all suffer for Him (verses 27-30). We like Paul must realize, through our earnest expectation and hope, that in no aspect of our service for Christ shall we be put to shame. May this give us great boldness!
How God Saves Men
Believing Christ DIED, that’s HISTORY.
Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
Read Romans 1:16, Romans 10:9-10 and 1. Corinthians 15:1-4
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