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Philippians 1:19-20: “Christ Shall Be Magnified In My Body”

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INTRODUCTION TO OUR SERIES:

Background to Philippians…

The Apostle Paul wrote the epistle (personal letter) (1:1) to the Philippian church, probably during his imprisonment in Rome. The letter was written from a heart of love and concern for the Philippians. Due to Paul’s imprisonment, he could not personally visit with the church so he sent this letter with Timothy to encourage them and bring back news of their condition to Paul. (2:19).

Some of the main divisions of the book include:
1. Introduction to the book: 1:1-2
2. Paul’s thankfulness for the Philippians: 1:3-11
3. News of Paul’s imprisonment and dedication: 1:12-26
4. Following Christ’s example is our duty: 1:27-2:18
5. Paul’s representatives and the need to treat them kindly: 2:19-30
6. Paul’s example of living a joyous life: 3:1-11
7. The Christian’s heavenly calling: 3:12-21
8. The need for Godly living: 4:1-9
9. The love offerings of the Philippians: 4:10-20
10. Closing to the book of Philippians: 4:21-23

TODAY’S TEXT:

Php 1:19-20 KJV – “For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.”

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

Please keep in mind, in the context, Paul has been speaking about the increased preaching of Christ in the Gentile world (vs 14-18)…

For I know that this shall turn to my salvation

Paul knew that the increased preaching of the gospel would result in his salvation. This would take place in one of two ways…
1. As the gospel would go out, a majority of the Gentile world (including the Roman gvt) would be saved which would result in Paul’s release from imprisonment. This would be due to the change in public opinion about the gospel and Paul’s ministry.
2. Or, as the gospel goes out, more of the Gentile world including the Roman gvt) would reject it and become more hardened against it which would lead to the taking of Paul’s life. This would result in his release from imprisonment (and this sinful world) as he would die and go home to be with his Lord.

through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,

Paul encourages the believers at Philippi to continue to pray for him and his soon salvation. Note Paul doesn’t ask them to pray for either type of deliverance from his bonds, for he was submission to the sovereign will of God and knew that in either case it would be for his good and God’s glory.

Paul also understood that either type of deliverance would be a result of the Holy Spirit’s enabling through the gracious intervention of Christ in his life.

According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness,

Paul wanted, and was confident that, the Lord would intervene in his life, meet his every need through the Spirit. He believed that, through the Lord’s continuing intervention, his needs for enablement would be met. He expected that, by God’s grace, he would continue to boldly minister the gospel to others until he was delivered from prison by release or death.

Paul desired these things AND expected them to take place.

as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.

One of Paul’s great desires throughout his saved life was to make Christ clearly seen and enlarged in the eyes of others. He would do this with every part of his body, speaking with his mouth, through the actions of his body, and through his faithful lifestyle. His desire and anticipation was directed to his being enabled to glorify Christ whether he would be released from prison and allowed to continue his ministry or if he would die a martyr’s death at the hands of the Roman government.

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

Folks, in this section of Paul’s letter, we see his heart being exposed and his true desires being revealed for all of us to see. His one and only desire was to allow Christ to be clearly revealed and enlarged through his life. Everything else was a matter of his submissive spirit desiring for the Lord’s will to be done in his life, no matter what it may be.

What a very simple, and Godly way to live our lives… simply desiring for Christ to be revealed to others in all that we say and do, and then be willing to accept whatever the Lord has in store for each one of us, knowing that it will be for our good and His glory.

May we all have hearts that are filled with this wonderful attitude and service and submission to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

 

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