Oct. 1, 2020

What Does Philippians 1:20 Mean?

What Does Philippians 1:20 Mean?

Philippians 1:20 (NIV) For I fully expect and hope that I will never be ashamed, but that I will continue to be bold for Christ, as I have been in the past. And I trust that my life will bring honor to Christ, whether I live or die.


How would your life change if you lived with boldness, and you were never ashamed or embarrassed to share your testimony about Christ?

I don’t know about you, but there are times when I fear being rejected as I share my faith with others. Especially in today’s toxic “cancel culture” world we live in. 

Paul address this fear in today’s verse. In Philippians 1:20, Paul uses some awesome visual images that you’d miss if you don’t go back to the original Greek language. 

Listen Now and discover Paul’s secret to living a life that is not ashamed to share the message of Jesus Christ. 

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Introduction to Philippians
Philippians 1:1 (Part 1)
Philippians 1:1 (Part 2)
Philippians 1:2
Philippians 1:3-4
Philippians 1:5
Philippians 1:6
Philippians 1:7
Philippians 1:8-9
Philippians 1:9-10
Philippians 1:10
Philippians 1:11
Philippians 1:12
Philippians 1:13
Philippians 1:14
Philippians 1:15-18
Philippians 1:19


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

Today, I want to talk to you about living a life that magnifies Christ. 

We’ve been exploring Paul’s letter written from prison to the church at Philippi while Paul was awaiting trial.

Yesterday, Paul told us that he had complete confidence that the Philippian’s prayers and the lavish supply of the Holy Spirit will lead to Paul’s deliverance. 

Today we pick up in Philippians 1 verse 20 when Paul writes, “I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.”

When Paul says that he “eagerly expects and hopes to not be ashamed” in the Greek language, he’s giving us this visual image of someone who turns his head away from everything else and just focuses his eyes on one object of desire. And for Paul, his desire was that he was never ashamed but instead he would continue to be bold for Christ as he testified in the trial before Caesar Nero. 

Paul also says that he wants Christ to be exalted in his body. The Greek tense here indicates that Paul’s not relying on His own courage, but rather he’s relying on the lavish supply of the Holy Spirit AND the prayers of the Philippians which we spoke about yesterday to supply him with this courage. 

And Paul knows that this courage will result in Christ being exalted in his life. Other translations use the word “magnified" or “honored.” 

Paul knows that he’s going to stand trial, and it may not end well. But he says, “I don’t care whether I live or die. All I care about is that I’m not ashamed of Jesus and that He is magnified by how I live and by how I die.” 

So, your simple truth for today: Paul’s passion was to live life with courage so that Christ was magnified in his life. Friend, how would your life change if you lived your life with that same courage as Paul? Paul said he had that courage because of the Holy Spirit and Prayer. You’ve got the Holy Spirit part covered as a born-again believer. So, I’ll take care of the second part by covering you in prayer. Lord, I lift my friend up to you and declare boldness over them so that they are never ashamed to share their testimony about Christ. And God I pray that in everything they say and do, that Christ will be magnified. In Jesus’ name, Amen.  

Hey, thank you for continuing to be a faithful listener. I just want you to know I cover you in prayer every morning. I am so honored to be a part of this Christian journey with you. 

I’m Julie Carruth. Have a blessed weekend. I can’t wait to see you again very soon.