How are we to live the gospel? Paul tells us what he plans to do and then exhorts the Philippians on what they should do.
Living for the gospel V 21-30
a) Paul’s commitment to the gospel V 21-26
21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labor: yet what I shall choose I wot not. 23 For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: 24 Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you. 25 And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your furtherance and joy of faith; 26 That your rejoicing may be more abundant in Jesus Christ for me by my coming to you again.
b) Paul’s exhortation to live for the gospel V 27-30
27 Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel; 28 And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God. 29 For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake; 30 Having the same conflict which ye saw in me, and now hear to be in me.
So in conclusion, what should we do? Proclaim the gospel. Tell whomever will listen about the good news in Jesus Christ. Live the gospel. Let this sin sick world see Christ in you. When they ask why your life is so different, tell them the gospel. Pray for the success of the gospel outreach around our world. Missionaries, Pastors, and other believers need our prayers.
Make a difference, preach the gospel!
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001