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Php 1:12,13 Persecutions which Serve to Advance the Gospel

Discussion in 'Exposition & Bible Study' started by bcbsr, Oct 27, 2021.

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    Persecutions which Serve to Advance the Gospel

    Php 1:12,13 Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel. As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ.

    The eternal optimist, Paul looked beyond his difficulties with eyes of faith to the fruitfulness of his labors. Paul communicated the depth of his convictions in remaining steadfast in his faith despite the chains. And practically speaking it also allowed him an opportunity to preach to the Romans who guarded him. Literally he had a "captive" audience. In this way the gospel was spread to the whole palace guard.

    We must learn to see the benefits of the difficulties we face. Are we living under humiliation? That's good! It develops humility. Are we being persecuted for our beliefs? That's good! If we react properly, it will communicate conviction. Persecutions are to be viewed as opportunities to communicate our convictions. As you run into difficulties in life, consider how each of them may serve to advance the gospel. And be assured that if you suffer for the gospel, you will be vindicated.
     
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