"YOUR MANNER OF LIFE"
That title is a term which Paul uses to include everything we do and experience, from the private to the public. This phrase is in the context of Philippians 1:18c-30 which we have looked at over the last four days. Let’s look at this phrase in the immediate context:
“Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, and not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God.” (1:27–28). Notice that the Gospel is referred to twice in this sentence; “gospel of Christ…faith of the gospel.” What is Paul driving at?
Jesus left us here to “make disciples of all nations” (Matthews 28:19) and “witnesses” (Acts 1:8). That was for the sake of the Gospel being preached “to the end of the earth” (1:8). This cannot be done as a mere intellectual exercise or expressing doctrinal truth. There must be a consistency between what is said about Christ in the Gospel and the way we live. The boldness of Peter and John did not come from education or status. It came from the formation of Christ in them through spending time with Jesus and the power of the Spirit transforming them as they looked on His glory (Acts 4:14; 2 Corinthians 3:18).
I firmly believe from Scripture and from personal time with the Lord, that unity in the Gospel among believers will result from spending time with the Author of the Gospel. This will increase the convicting power of the Gospel as it is proclaimed, because the Spirit has been making it visible in our daily walk before the world. Is this happening to you?
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