Philippians 1:27-30; A Life Worthy of Christ; Joe Lechner
Philippians 1:27-30 ESV
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. For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake, engaged in the same conflict that you saw I had and now hear that I still have.
Live in a way that shows the worth of Christ.
We are to act as citizens that commends the place of our citizenship.
What did it mean to be a citizen of Philippi?
A Roman colony entitled to Roman citizenship. It was a military town, with strong Caesar allegiance. In Philippi there was no Christian influence at all. Philippi was a distinctly Roman culture. Rome defined the identity of every proud citizen in Philippi. The writes Lord and savior had been reserved for Caesar. Heaven is infinitely greater than Rome.
We find our identity in our citizenship in heaven. I AM A CITIZEN OF THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN. I live in a heavenly outpost. This idea should be reflected in how we live our lives.
Our life should be like an open passport, identifying our heavenly citizenship.
Living a life worthy of the Christ about a conviction that we are rooted in faith and who we are in Christ. IN CHRIST, OUR IDENTITY IS BETTER THAN IDENTITY IN ANYTHING ELSE. When wet are gripped by this we get to lives lives worthy of the gospel.
Living a life for the gospel will not go unopposed. With this opposition it is tempting to become disunited. How we live with each other it's a reflection of how we view the gospel. When a church lives a life that coincides with the gospel, it becomes an unstoppable force. We "unsay" the gospel by our actions, if we let the opposition divide us. We need to stand side by side with each other
With opposition, there is a temptation to fear. This opposition will ultimately result in our salvation. We win because Christ had already won the battle. We already know the end has been decided. Are we tempted to skip over the suffering. It is a gift of God's grace & favor to suffer for Christ's sake.
Fear loses its power when faith sees our suffering as a gift of grace to crush is from this world.
More suffering for Christ expands the gospel to the world more and more.
Good is at work in his Church.
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