Philippians

Philippians 1:12-18 Christ Is Preached.

It was important to Paul to let his readers know that what was happening to him was actually serving the purpose of furthering the spread of the gospel. Being held in chains had given him the opportunity to show that his confinement was due to his commitment to Christ (v. 13 Cf. 4:22). As he mentioned earlier, being in chains actually gave him the opportunity to defend and confirm the gospel (v. 7). The brethren were also inspired by his example, being “much more bold to speak the word without fear.” (v. 14) The important thing was that the word was being preached. Even those who preached out of envy and strife, hoping to add to Paul’s troubles, were nevertheless serving the overall purpose of speaking the word. However, there were those who preached out of love, knowing that Paul was “appointed for the defense of the gospel.” (v. 17) Paul sums it up well. “What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is preached; and in this I rejoice, yes, and will rejoice.” (v. 18)

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