Oct. 7, 2020

What Does Philippians 1:27 Mean? Part 1

What Does Philippians 1:27 Mean? Part 1

Philippians 1:27a (NIV): Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.

Paul instructs the Philippians to live a life worthy of the gospel, but what exactly does that mean?

Join us for this quick look at the first part of Philippians 1:27 as we examine the original Greek meaning of "conduct" and "worthy." Once you understand those two words, this verse gains a whole new meaning. 

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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 almost 800 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. 

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 hundreds 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, like Paul’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.