LIVE FOR CHRIST – LIVE THE GOSPEL Philippians 1:18b-30


Christ is glorified and we are delivered, as we live for Christ and live the gospel in whatever circumstances.

We continue this morning our journey through the book of Philippians.

  • A book written by a man in chains. A man imprisoned for his faith, probably on death row. Not knowing if he will die there or walk out?

  • A book written to a church family in Philippi who are facing their own hardship and opposition. A group of believers who are suffering for their faith.

As Ross shared with us last week, Paul started his letter by letting the church know two Important matters for Paul. Two important matters that brought his great joy despite his circumstances.

  • God’s people – when they are gospel living and focused

  • God’s message - when it is proclaimed

An in our passage today, Paul shifts focus from his current circumstances, and looks to what God has in store for him in the future. And he does so while continuing to rejoice.

“Yes, and I will continue to rejoice…” Philippians 1:18b

Why? Because…

Christ is glorified and we are delivered, as we live for Christ and live the gospel in whatever circumstances.

Read Philippians 1:19-30

When I was growing up, I think one of my most common phrases I used with my parents was, “I know!”

"Your room needs cleaning."

“I know!”

"You’re on dishes tonight."

“I know!”

"Don’t hit your brother."

“I know!”

"I love you."

“I know!”

For a young lad, it was amazing how much I knew.

And I remember my mum one day, in complete frustration saying, “So if you know, then why do I have to remind you?”

In our passage today, Paul makes clear that he knows a couple of things that he wants to remind the church at Philippi, and in turn us to know.

And this term know doesn’t mean just a head knowledge, like I know what colour this shirt is I'm wearing.

This knowing is…

  • to perceive, understanding, discern.

  • to be familiar with and have experience of

  • to be aware of the truth or factuality of: be convinced or certain of something.

  • to have a practical, active understanding of something.

It isn’t just a head knowledge, it’s a living and dynamic knowledge that influences your everyday choices and decisions, your life.

So, what does Paul know?

I know… I’ll be delivered!

Paul knows that his current circumstances will result in deliverance.

…for I know that through your prayers and God’s provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance. Philippians 1:19

Paul is confident, that all that has happened to him will result in his deliverance. But deliverance from what? From prison? From chains? Does he see a prison break in his future? Is he to be saved?

Yes, but not from this his current physical situation, rather a deliverance spiritually. Saved by the gospel. His eternal deliverance. Eternal salvation.

Paul has an eternal perspective.

Paul shared this confidence and eternal perspective regarding the believers in Philippi in Philippians 1:6

…being confident of this, that he who begun a good work in you will carry it on to competition until the day of Christ Jesus.

Paul’s focus was on what He knew for certain that He would be united with Christ again. Paul knew the gospel.

And what is it that strengthens and encourages Paul in this knowledge?

What sustains Paul during these current times of trials, these tough circumstances?

What gives him …sufficient courage… (vs. 20)?

What sees him state that he can “eagerly expect and hope that I (he) will in no way be ashamed” (vs. 20) as he awaits this deliverance?

Prayer and the power of the Holy Spirit.

Paul was confident that as he could handle the circumstances he was currently in because of the sustaining prayers and God’s provision of the Spirit.

Paul was confident that, as his fellow believers prayed, a fresh knowledge and experience of the Spirits power would strengthen him, sustain him, give him courage and resolve.

Paul’s focus was on what He knew for certain that He would be united with Christ again. Paul knew the gospel and was strengthen by the prayers of the believers and the power of the Holy Spirit.

Do you know that you are saved and will be delivered on the last day, the day of Christ?

Do you seek the intercessory prayers of other believers to strengthen you, sustain you, give you courage and resolve in your current circumstances?

Do you expect the Holy Spirit fill us richly as we face difficult and testing circumstances, or do you rest on your own strength and deal with tough times?

We need to have an eternal perspective like Paul. Paul’s focus was on what He knew for certain that He would be united with Christ again, delivered. Paul