Oct. 13, 2020

What Does Philippians 1:29 Mean?

What Does Philippians 1:29 Mean?

In Philippians chapter one, Paul encourages the believers in Philippi to stand their ground when faced with persecution. I'm sure many of them wondered why they seemed to be hit with such fierce opposition when they were living their lives fully for Christ.

But, unfortunately, the truth is God didn't design our lives to be pain-free. In fact, did you know that God designed your life to include persecution and struggle?

Paul teaches us more about this in today's message.

Listen now to this 2-minute message!


TODAY'S MESSAGE:

Paul has been encouraging the believers in Philippi to stand their ground when faced with persecution. I'm sure many of them wondered why they seemed to be hit with such fierce opposition when they were living their lives for Christ.

But, unfortunately, the truth is God didn't design our lives to be pain-free.

Paul teaches us more about this in today's message.

Listen now!

CONTEXT FOR TODAY'S BIBLE VERSE OF THE DAY:

In Philippians chapter one, Paul sends a letter to the church in Philippi thanking them for their support of his ministry. Even when others had abandoned Paul, the believers in Philippi continued to financially support him. 

Paul has been encouraging the believers in Philippi that God has used his suffering to continue spreading the good news of the gospel. However, Paul deals with two conflicting desires. He wants to die and be with Christ, but he knows that God's not done with him yet. He knows that the Philippians still need him. 

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Transcript

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

When you first became a Christian, were you warned of persecution and adversity because of your belief in Jesus Christ? I’m going to guess most of us missed that message.

But in Philippians chapter one, Paul tells the believers in Philippi to stand strong like a well-trained soldier and not run when faced with opposition. In Philippians 1:29 Paul writes, “For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him,”

Now the Greek word that Paul uses here for “granted” means to give freely or graciously as a favor.  It can also be translated as “gift.”

So, according to this verse, there’s two gifts (or favors) in your life that are for certain. One, is the gift to believe in Christ. And praise God for this gift of salvation. Amen? We did nothing to earn it. We simply accepted the gift of Christ’s finished work on the cross.

But the second gift isn’t so easy to accept. And it’s the gift of suffering for Christ and when you suffer for your belief in Christ, it isn’t by accident. God has complete control. In fact, the word for suffer is used 42 times in the New Testament testifying that suffering is part of God’s design for our lives, even in the most committed Christians

So, your simple Truth for today: Both your salvation and your suffering are a gift from God. You may see suffering as a curse, but from God’s point of view, you’re growing stronger for God, so that He can use you to advance His Kingdom here on earth.

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