Oct. 6, 2020

What Does Philippians 1:25-26 Mean?

What Does Philippians 1:25-26 Mean?

| Philippians 1:25-26 (NIV) Convinced of this I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith so that through my being with you again your boasting in Christ Jesus will abound on account of me.”

Paul faces a dilemma. He wants to die and be in the presence of Christ, but he knows that he is still needed here on the earth. So, Paul puts his own desires aside and puts Christ first. 

But why?

Get a deep look at the original Greek language from this verse, and you will understand Paul's secret that keeps him motivated to keep fighting the good fight of faith. 

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Transcript

Hey, welcome to The Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth.

In our study this week in the first chapter of Philippians, we’ve been exploring Paul’s dilemma. He’s ready to depart from this world and be in the presence of Christ, but he also knows that he’s still got work to do here, particularly with the church in Philippi. And that’s why he continues in Philippians 1 verses 25-26 by saying, “Convinced of this (that is that Paul will continue living for the Philippians’ benefit) I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith so that through my being with you again your boasting in Christ Jesus will abound on account of me.”

Paul realizes that his life isn’t about him. It’s about living to serve Christ and others. 

I love how the Passion Translation interprets this verse. It says in verse 25, I’m confident that I will be spared so I can add to your joy and further strengthen and mature your faith. 

The author of The Passion Bible states that the Greek word for “to strengthen and mature your faith” literally means “to bring a pioneer advance.” In other words, Paul is saying I know I will live so that I can lead you to undiscovered territory, into a realm you haven’t explored yet. I can move you into deeper joy, deeper faith, deeper into the ways of God, into deeper levels of breakthrough.  

Wouldn’t that have been awesome to be on the receiving end of?? Paul had such incredible spiritual power. I mean can you imagine what it was like to be taught by the Apostle Paul himself? Imagine him personally showing and demonstrating to you how to move in the same power of the Holy Spirit that he did?

You see, Paul wasn’t satisfied with the idea that believers should simply be saved. Paul wanted believers to mature in their faith, and he felt a personal responsibility to teach them how. 

And then Paul says in verse 26 that as he continued living, the Philippian’s joy and confidence would overflow. Why? Because of how they saw Christ continuing to work in and through Paul. 

So, your simple truth for today: As a believer, when you said the prayer of salvation, that was just the beginning of your journey with Christ. Your faith should continue to increase, and your knowledge of God’s Truth should continue to grow.  And Paul says that as they do, your joy will increase because you will begin to understand who you are in Christ Jesus. 

How cool is that?? Hey, thank you for sharing this message today with someone you know who needs an encouraging word from God. I’m Julie Carruth, and I can’t wait to see you again tomorrow.