Philippians 1:27-28 – 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.
We continue our journey through Philippians and once again see Paul’s primary concern is the gospel. Paul actively proclaimed the gospel, the good news of eternal life made possible by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Paul’s insistence on the gospel landed him in prison and even caused some within the church to try to afflict him while he was imprisoned (Philippians 1:17). The gospel also united Paul with the Philippian church. He thanked and praised the Philippians for their defense and confirmation of the gospel (Philippians 1:7).
Paul continues to beat the gospel drum in Philippians 1:27-28. He directs the Philippians to live in a manner which is consistent with the gospel, and he insists they unite for the purpose of promoting the gospel to the world around them. Paul tells them to strive for the gospel, because living according to the gospel is work. Paul tells them to strive side by side, because living the gospel life is also a team endeavor.
The message of Philippians 1:27-28 rings true for us today as well. There are two kingdoms, and the spiritual war rages between light and darkness. Sin seeks every opportunity to infiltrate our personal relationships with Jesus, and the world, the flesh and the devil wage war against the people of God. We have opponents, spiritual and flesh, who accuse and attack us. However, we need not fear when we stand together in Christ. Standing firm in our gospel lifestyle alongside our Christian brothers and sisters declares we are truly saved by God. Friends and family may initially question our sincerity, but faith extends beyond mere words. The Spirit of God invades hearts and transforms lives. Consistent gospel living provides a clear sign to those who are watching.
I pray the church will proclaim the reality of Jesus Christ through our living and our loving. May we live as though Jesus truly changed us, and may that gospel unite His people.
Matthew 5:16 – In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.