Greetings Oh Hey Truthers! In today’s episode, we are covering Philippians 1:19-26 as we discuss more of Paul’s life and his dedication to the Gospel. We hope that today’s episode leads you to evaluate your own life as we watch Paul live for Christ.
- Paul is in prison writing to the church of Philippi, yet he is rejoicing because the Gospel is being preached.
- “Yes, and I will rejoice.” Paul is confident that he will rejoice regardless of what the future holds for him.
- The first time the word “Christian” was used was in the book of Acts, and it actually means “little Christ”
- Verse 1:19 says, “For I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance…”
- A reality for Paul is that prison might eventually lead to execution. In verse 19, Paul shows faith in his deliverance. Scholars believe this might be either his eternal deliverance or his immediate deliverance from prison.
- The power of the Philippians’ prayer—are we ever tempted to believe that our prayers don’t matter or don’t have power? God tells us through His Word to pray to Him our wants, needs, and praises.
- God is sovereign, so pray! He lets us be a part of what He is doing through prayer.
- How do you get the Spirit of Jesus Christ? The Gospel! The Holy Spirit lives inside those who are saved. Once you come to know Jesus as your Lord and Savior, then the Spirit of Christ lives inside of you. We are all sinners in need of a Savior. God sent Jesus to live a perfect life, to die on the cross, and He rose again. When you believe this is true, and you confess that you are a sinner and ask Him to be Lord of your life, then the Holy Spirit lives in you.
- Ephesians 1:13-14 says, “…were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit…”
- “Seal”—a deposit guaranteeing your inheritance. You are sealed, protected, and guaranteed that the Holy Spirit lives inside of you. This “inheritance” is your salvation.
- Verse 20 gives the cross references to Romans 5:3. There is no shame when our hope is in Jesus!
- How can we honor God with our bodies? Paul is confident that Christ will be honored in his body whether he lives or dies because he knows it will be used for the going forth of the Gospel.
- Verse 21 says, “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” If Paul is going to live, He is going to honor God by sharing the Gospel, and if he dies, his Spirit will go be with Jesus.
- Colossians 3:4 says, “When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.”
- Verse 24, “But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account.” Paul is talking about the Philippians in this verse.
- What would it look like for you to live your life for Christ?
- We go to school, we work out, we go to a job, we date/get married to bring glory to God. Everything is for His glory!
We love you ladies! Thank you for sending us encouraging messages of what God is doing in your life. Please continue to let us know how we can be praying for you!
-The OHT Team