Paul was called to defend the gospel. Others were less bold because of the persecution and imprisonment. Paul’s boldness to preach the gospel, even in prison, encourages the believers to boldly speak the word without fear.
Defense of the gospel V 12-20
a) Furtherance of the gospel V 12-14
12 But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel; 13 So that my bonds in Christ are manifest in all the palace, and in all other places; 14 And many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing confident by my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.
b) Preaching Christ V 15-16
15 Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will: 16 The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds:
c) Defense of the gospel V 17-18
17 But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defense of the gospel. 18 What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretense, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.
d) Prayers of the Philippians V 19
19 For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,
e) Boldly proclaiming Christ V 20
20 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 we are challenged to boldly proclaim the word of God to whoever will listen. Remember how the gospel changed your life. Share that message with others.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001