“For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake. ” – Philippians 1:29
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We’re still studying the book of Philippians, and we’re closing up chapter one. The apostle Paul encouraged the church at Philippi to “let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ” (Philippians 1:27). Our conduct can be in a manner that’s worthy of Christ’s gospel by us living out the teachings of Christ – which includes treating people with love and respect (Matthew 7:12).
Paul wanted to hear about the Philippian brethren that they were standing firm in one spirit, with one mind, by contending side by side for the faith of the gospel. I believe the admonition to be on one accord is for us, too. The Lord doesn’t want us to be divided or to have confusion and strife among us.
According to Philippians 1:28, one sign of our salvation is that we not be intimidated in any way by our adversaries. It’s a sign of our salvation, but it’s also a sign of their destruction. So we need not be alarmed by our opponents and our enemies. God will take care of them.
Lastly, Paul reminds the Philippians about suffering for Christ. He exclaimed, “For it has been granted to you not only to believe in Christ, but also to suffer for His sake” (Philippians 1:29). It was important for them to remember, and it’s crucial that we remember, as well. Being a Christian is not just about believing in Christ. If you follow Christ, you’re going to suffer something.
Christ has allowed us to suffer for His sake. Just as He suffered, we, too, must suffer many things. And we can rejoice and be happy that we get to partake in Christ’s sufferings.
It’s been granted to us to believe in Christ. But do you believe? If not you can put your trust in Christ today. Believe that Jesus is Lord (John 8:24). Repent of your sins (Luke 13:3). Confess the name of Jesus (Matthew 10:32-33). And be baptized for the forgiveness of your sins (Mark 16:16). If you do these things, then you will be saved and counted worthy of the sufferings of Christ.
Won’t you believe?
“He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.” – Mark 16:16
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