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Philippians 1:12-18 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chris Kibble   
Tuesday, 07 August 2018 14:13

Even a lengthy spell under house arrest had failed to quell Paul the apostle's spirits!  When most of us would have got frustrated by the lack of freedom and privacy, and boredom, he could see God's hand at work.


It was the way that God was using his imprisonment that had particularly encouraged Paul. By being manacled to soldiers from the Praetorian guard - that elite force with the special task of guarding the emperor - the gospel had spread. His captors couldn't have failed to hear the news about a crucified Jew in Palestine time and time again - and they had told their colleagues. Some had become Christians too.


Not only that: but Christians in Rome had been emboldened to share their faith. They had observed how God was using Paul in his imprisonment and had been encouraged to speak out themselves. Paul was in jail, not because he was out of God's will, as some were saying, but because he was very much in it. He'd been appointed to share the gospel to his captors.


But another strange phenomenon had occurred. People were preaching the gospel with suspect motivations. Their doctrine, it seems, was pretty sound - Paul didn't criticize their approach like he did in his letters to the Galatians and Corinthians. But they thought that by their preaching, they could harm Paul in some way. Maybe they were jealous of his gifts and reputation, and that he'd actually met the risen Lord. Maybe they were angry that Paul had got himself arrested needlessly and that he was letting the side down. Or maybe they thought of themselves as actually being in competition with Paul.


But it didn't matter to Paul. Whether from good motivation or bad, the gospel was getting out.
I wonder where God has put you to share the good news of Jesus?


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