Oct. 12, 2020

What Does Philippians 1:28 Mean?

What Does Philippians 1:28 Mean?

Do you ever find it hard to remain courageous in your belief in Jesus Christ when others think you're crazy? If so, you're not alone.

In Philippians 1:28, Paul encourages the persecuted believers in Philippi with a vivid visual that you only see when you dig deeper into the original Greek language. 

Join us today for the 2 minute Bible Study that is just as applicable to you today as it was to the 1st Century Christians.


Do you ever find it hard to remain courageous in your belief in Jesus Christ when others think you're crazy? If so, you're not alone.

In Philippians 1:28, Paul encourages the persecuted believers in Philippi with a vivid visual that you only see when you dig deeper into the original Greek language. 

Join us today for the 2 minute Bible Study that is just as applicable to you today as it was to the 1st Century Christians. 

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Transcript

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

We’ve been studying Paul’s letter to the church in Philippi. 

Paul wrote this letter from Rome, which was the center of the Roman Empire. And even though Philippi was 4600 miles away from Rome, it was a Roman colony and the people within that colony prided themselves on being Roman. They spoke like Romans, dressed like Romans, acted like Romans. They were considered equal to the natives of the city of Rome.

Which brings us to today’s verse from the first part of Philippians 1:27, Paul writes, “Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.”

So Paul is saying, “Look, even though you’re thousands of miles from Rome, you understand what it means to live your life as a Roman citizen.  But remember that you have an even higher citizenship than that.”

When Paul uses the word “conduct,” as in “conduct yourselves”, in the Greek language this means “political affiliation.” It gives the idea of being a good citizen who honors the political affiliation that you’re a part of. And later in Paul’s letter, he writes that we are citizens of heaven. Therefore, the way you speak and the way you act represent the absolute best of the kingdom of God.  Everywhere you go, you are a representative of God’s Kingdom.

And the word “worthy”, as in “conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ,” means to balance the scales. Or another way to put it is the weight on one side of the scale weighs as much on the other side of the scale. 

So, applying this to what Paul writes, it’s like he’s saying on one side of the scale this is what you believe and then on the other side of the scale is your daily actions. And these two sides of the scale need to match up. If you call yourself a Christian, then measure up to the name. Or as Paul says, “Conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.”

So, your simple Truth for today: The way we live our lives must give proof to others that we are citizens of God’s Kingdom. This place is not our home. I encourage you today to shift your perspective from this earthly realm to a heavenly realm. And what does that look like? Great question! And tomorrow we will dig deeper into that. You’ll definitely want to join us. It’s easy to do. Simply ask your Amazon smart speaker to “Play Bible Study.”

I’m Julie Carruth, and I can’t wait to see you again tomorrow.