Phil. 1:19-20 Not Ashamed.*

Phil. 1:19-20 Not Ashamed.*

“For I know.” (v. 19a) Paul’s understanding of ‘faith’ was not an existential leap – he knew – he had a whole-person certainty, based on what he knew. He believed in a providential deliverance based on both his audience’s prayers “and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ.” (v. 19bc) He had an “earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death.” (v. 20 cf. Pss. 22:22-26; 40:6-10; 119:13; Acts 20:20, 27; Rom. 1:16; Heb. 10:5-7). Paul sought prayer to speak boldly as he ‘ought’ concerning the gospel – it was part of his ethics (Eph. 6:19-20). “By life or by death.” (cf. Rom. 14:8) Body and spirit.

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