1. Philippians 1:27 – OUR CONVERSATION
“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;”
a. “more needful for you” – Paul concludes we are here to spend our lives for others.
“For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.”
b. “conversation” – We can define it here –
2 Corinthians 1:12:
“For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward.”
“For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews’ religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it:”
“Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.”
“That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.”
c. Paul starts preaching (stirring to action) which means doctrine is already installed.
d. “whether I come … or be absent” – in whatever circumstance
e. “one spirit” – duty, driving force, instruction; “one mind” – passion, desire, will.
f. “striving together” – They are supposed to contend, fight, work, stand –
1 Timothy 3:15:
“But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.”
i. Strife (contention) is of the flesh if it is against the Spirit –
“For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.”
“Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,”
ii. We war in the spirit with truth against imaginations to captivate thoughts
iii. We do strive – lawfully by right doctrine –
2 Timothy 2:5
“And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.”
2 Timothy 2:14
“Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers.”
2 Timothy 2:23-24
“But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes. And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men , apt to teach, patient,”
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
g. “for the faith of the gospel” – This requires we have a pure, clear, right gospel
2. Philippians 1:27-30 – SUFFERING AND SALVATION
“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; 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. For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake; Having the same conflict which ye saw in me, and now hear to be in me.
a. “in nothing terrified” – there is a doctrinal reason for this –
“For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
b. “adversaries” – these would not exist if they were not striving for doctrine.
i. It will cost you to strive together and stand upon the form of sound words.
c. “evident token of perdition” – They see your position as destroying your life –
1 Corinthians 15:19:
“If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.”
i. The evidence they see is physical, natural, carnal, circumstantial.
ii. You can see their adversarial position to truth is their perdition –
2 Thessalonians 1:5-6:
“Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer: Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you;”
d. “but to you of salvation” – See Christ magnified –
“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.”
– and also –
2 Corinthians 2:14-16
“Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place. For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish: To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things?”
i. You will be threatened with perdition (before God and men), be persuaded.
e. “to suffer for his sake” – This is a part of being in Christ that people choose to ignore.
i. Why would God want me to suffer? Answer: you are his body –
“Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church:”
ii. Suffering can be in nature (chance, life), from sin, or for Christ –
“For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”
iii. If it is your stupidity that made you suffer – don’t blame God.
iv. Those that live godly will suffer the third kind –
2 Timothy 3:13
“But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.”
1 Thessalonians 3:4
“For verily, when we were with you, we told you before that we should suffer tribulation; even as it came to pass, and ye know.”
~ written by Justin Johnson, Grace Ambassadors