Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ so that whether I come and see you or remain absent, I will hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel; For to you it has been granted for Christ’s sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake...
Paul, a citizen of heaven, wants the Philippian church to realize that the world around them can only see the true Gospel by what they view in their lives. We are to conduct ourselves in a manner worthy of the Gospel of Christ. The most powerful weapon against the enemy of Christ is the consistent life of a believer living out the Gospel day after day.
The sufferings of the Philippian Christians were mentioned more than once by Paul in his writings. If we suffer for Christ’s sake, we are to consider it a precious gift from Him. We are to labor together for the Gospel’s sake and not against one another. We are to be of one spirit and one mind, standing against any opposition of the Gospel Satan may bring (Matthew 5:11-12).
Paul is encouraging believers that when they stand for the sake of the Gospel they will suffer persecution. He instructs them to be consistent in living their lives worthy of the Gospel and in the end, they will receive a great reward. “If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:” (II Timothy 2:12 KJV). Paul instructs the people that there is an enemy that wants to steal this treasure from them and cripple the ministry of the Gospel; but God gives the grace we need to go through any trial and enables us to have joy in the midst of every battle.
Lord, may I ever walk worthy of the Gospel of Christ though trials may disrupt my path and obscure my way.