That is not in their power nor in mine. I am humbly grateful for their greater gifts and my smaller ones. I only pray that I may use to Thy glory such modest gifts as I possess. I will not compare myself with any, nor try to build up my self-esteem by noting where I may excel one or another in Thy holy work. I herewith make a blanket disavowal of all intrinsic worth.
I am but an unprofitable servant. I gladly go to the foot of the cross and own myself the least of Thy people. If I err in my self- judgment and actually underestimate myself I do not want to know it. I purpose to pray for others and to rejoice in their prosperity as if it were my own. And indeed it is my own if it is Thine own, for what is Thine is mine, and while one plants and another waters it is Thou alone that giveth the increase. Some were motivated in a good way and some were motivated in a bad way; yet nonetheless, they were motivated — and Paul could rejoice in that.
Paul objected if he thought a false or distorted gospel was preached, even if from the best of motives Galatians If your motives are bad, God will deal with you — but at least the gospel is preached. For I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayer and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, according to my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death.
I know that this will turn out for my deliverance : Paul knew that the Lord was in control of all events, even though his imprisonment and impending trial before Caesar Nero made the situation look pretty dark. Through your prayer : Paul was so confident because he knew that the Philippians prayed for him. His deliverance in the present situation was connected to the prayer of the Philippians.
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It certainly seems that Paul thought this way, and it shows what a serious matter prayer is. It was the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ that came to Paul through the prayer of the Philippians. My earnest expectation and hope : These are words of faith. Paul mightily trusted God here, and Paul first trusted God that in nothing I shall be ashamed.
He believed that God would not cause him to be ashamed or that God would not turn against him in the matter. He knew God was not punishing him through the adversity he experienced at the time. Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death : Paul also had this trust, and admitted to the Philippians that he might not be released from this present imprisonment, but it might instead result in his martyrdom.
Paul lived his life not to preserve and promote himself, but to glorify Jesus Christ. If Jesus should one day decide that Paul could best glorify Him through laying down his life, then Paul would be well pleased by the opportunity. It is easy for us to dictate to God how He can and cannot glorify Himself in our lives. Paul wisely left all that up to God. For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I cannot tell.
For I am hard pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better. Nevertheless to remain in the flesh is more needful for you. And being confident of this, I know that I shall remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy of faith, that your rejoicing for me may be more abundant in Jesus Christ by my coming to you again.
For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain : Paul knew that death was not a defeat to the Christian. It is merely a graduation to glory, a net gain for the Christian. This also obviously showed that Paul did not fear death. Though some men may fear dying , no Christian should fear death. But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor : Paul was confident that God intended him to be fruitful.
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If Paul lived, it would be a fruitful life. In sad contrast, many Christians have not yet come to the place where it is a certainty that they will bear fruit for the kingdom of God with their life. For I am hard pressed between the two : Knowing that his death could be a gain — both for the gospel and for him personally — Paul was torn between being with the Lord or continuing to minister to the Philippians and others. Having a desire to depart and be with Christ : It is strong to say, but one must say that Paul, in some way, wanted to die.
The Greek word has much force in it. He panteth, he longeth to be gone. Paul probably had many motivations to depart. Paul knew that if he did depart , the journey would not be long. How long will be its voyage? How many wearying winds must beat upon the sail ere it shall be reefed in the port of peace?
How often shall that soul be tossed upon the waves before it comes to the sea that knows no storm. Oh tell it, tell it everywhere; yon ship that has just departed is already at its haven. It did but spread its sail and it was there. Nevertheless to remain in the flesh is more needful for you : Paul understood that others still needed him; that his work was not yet done. So while allowing for the possibility of his martyrdom, he told the Philippians that he expects to be spared at this time I know that I shall remain and continue with you.
Paul was confident and full of faith, yet seems short of absolute certainty. His lack of absolute certainty is a comfort to us. As it happened, Paul survived this imprisonment, was set free, and was martyred later at Rome. He did come to visit the Philippians again. Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel,. This is a theme he will draw on again in Philippians. I may hear of your affairs : Paul wanted the Philippians to know they were accountable before him.
He would check up on them. That you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind : Paul wanted to know that the Philippian church stayed together as one body, without becoming fragmented and fractionalized. Striving together for the faith of the gospel : Paul wanted their unity to be put to a productive purpose, so that an increasing trust and belief in the good news of Jesus Christ would be promoted among those who already believed and among those who had yet to believe.
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And not in any way terrified by your adversaries, which is to them a proof of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that from God. Which is to them a proof of perdition : When Christians are not in any way terrified by [their] adversaries , that in itself is proof of perdition — meaning destruction — to their adversaries. Perdition the ancient Greek word apolia means destruction, wasting, or damnation. The word is also used in places like Philippians and 2 Peter Both Judas John and the Antichrist 2 Thessalonians are called the son of perdition.
When Christians stand strong against intimidation against the world, the flesh and the devil, it shows those spiritual enemies that their ultimate destruction is certain. When our spiritual enemies fail to make us afraid, they have failed completely because they really have no other weapon than fear and intimidation.
But to you of salvation : When Christians are not in any way terrified by [their] adversaries , it is also evidence of their own salvation. In the Lord, we can surprise ourselves with our boldness.
For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake, having the same conflict which you saw in me and now hear is in me. For to you it has been granted : It was granted to the Philippians to believe in Him. In the same way this belief was granted to them, so also was the privilege to suffer for His sake.
But also to suffer for His sake : The ancient Greek word for suffer here is pasko.
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