Philippians 1 Commentary
Bible Text: Philippians 1:12-18a (ESV)
12 I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, 13 so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ. 14 And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.
15 Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will. 16 The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. 17 The former proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment. 18 What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice.
Reflection Questions: Philippians 1:12-18a
- How does Apostle Paul view his current circumstance, and how does this contrast with how an average person might feel in the same situation? What enables him to have this kind of perspective?
- To Paul, the fact that the Gospel was being preached even from those with false motives was of highest value to him. As I reflect on my Christian walk, what is of highest value to me?
- How am I challenged about the basis of my joy or sense of well-being?