The Heart of a Missionary
Philippians 1:12-18
I think that 12-26 may be considered Paul's "missionary newsletter," in keeping with his awareness o...
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I think that 12-26 may be considered Paul's "missionary newsletter," in keeping with his awareness of the Philippians concern for Paul's condition manifested in their generosity toward him. Paul sees their concern for his well-being and puts their minds at ease with news of his circumstances and the results of the adversity he is experiencing. How can we suffer well? Well, how does Paul deal with suffering? Paul does not deny that he suffers (cf. 2 Cor 11:23-30) He looks to the fact that the Gospel is spreading - partly even as a result of his persecution - and finds reason to rejoice in his suffering. Paul knows that "all things work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose" (Rom 8:28). Paul is unselfish in his suffering (cf. 2 Tim 2:1-13) knowing that Jesus has other sheep that he must bring into His fold who will hear His voice and believe (John 10:16). To put it simply, Paul looks at his life as a place for God to display his grace to the world and God is proving himself strong. He even takes his imprisonment as an opportunity not to be a captive but to share the Gospel with his captors, who are his captive audience. He rejoices that his weakness shows that God is strong (2 Cor 12:10) and that nothing done for Christ's sake will be in vain (1 Cor 15:58). Despite the fact that some "brothers" preach the gospel from wrong motives seeking to harm him in his imprisonment, Paul rejoices in the fact that the news about the resurrected Jesus is being spread even through those who seek his harm. Paul's willingness to suffer and even die for the sake of Christ gives credence to his claim to be an eyewitness of the resurrected Jesus. This must be what gives "the brothers" confidence to proclaim Christ with boldness. After all, what sane person would suffer and die for a religion he knew to be a lie? Not Paul (see 1 Corinthians 15). And who would boldly reproduce such extraordinary claims in such an unfriendly environment as first century Rome who were unsure of the motives of the sources of their information (such as Paul and the other eyewitnesses)? Not the early Christians. Paul's imprisonment has resulted in the boldness of Chrsitians, not only in the first century, but also today, in that it is a vital part of the "extraordinary evidence" that is required for belief in "extraordinary claims" (cf. e.g., Strobel, The Case for Christ). DON'T WASTE YOUR SUFFERING! Are you taking up your part in fulfilling the Great Commission and spreading the good news of the resurrected Jesus today? Will you turn your suffering into a testimony of God's grace? Do you see your suffering as an opportunity to show non-Christians how God can make a difference for, in, and through a person who puts his trust in Jesus? Do you suffer in such a way that emboldens other Christians to share the Gospel? If you don't, what needs to change in your life so that you will? "Christians are like nails, the harder you hit them the deeper they go." - Mark Driscoll, quoting an unnamed Pastor from Romania Caveats: Don't pursue suffering for its own sake. Don't assume that you are suffering for good like Jesus and like the Apostles if you are in fact suffering as a consequence of your sin. Don't hesitate to help the poor because "God will use thier suffering for good." After all, it may be that one of the reasons God allows people to be poor is so that we can have the opportunity to help them in the name of Jesus.
10000000015070 15070 Notes 2009-11-07 22:02:21 2009-12-01 17:12:56 I think that 12-26 may be considered Paul's "missionary newsletter," in keeping with his awareness of the Philippians concern for Paul's condition manifested in their generosity toward him. Paul sees their concern for his well-being and puts their minds at ease with news of his circumstances and the results of the adversity he is experiencing. How can we suffer well? Well, how does Paul deal with suffering? Paul does not deny that he suffers (cf. 2 Cor 11:23-30) He looks to the fact that the Gospel is spreading - partly even as a result of his persecution - and finds reason to rejoice in his suffering. Paul knows that "all things work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose" (Rom 8:28). Paul is unselfish in his suffering (cf. 2 Tim 2:1-13) knowing that Jesus has other sheep that he must bring into His fold who will hear His voice and believe (John 10:16). To put it simply, Paul looks at his life as a place for God to display his grace to the world and God is proving himself strong. He even takes his imprisonment as an opportunity not to be a captive but to share the Gospel with his captors, who are his captive audience. He rejoices that his weakness shows that God is strong (2 Cor 12:10) and that nothing done for Christ's sake will be in vain (1 Cor 15:58). Despite the fact that some "brothers" preach the gospel from wrong motives seeking to harm him in his imprisonment, Paul rejoices in the fact that the news about the resurrected Jesus is being spread even through those who seek his harm. Paul's willingness to suffer and even die for the sake of Christ gives credence to his claim to be an eyewitness of the resurrected Jesus. This must be what gives "the brothers" confidence to proclaim Christ with boldness. After all, what sane person would suffer and die for a religion he knew to be a lie? Not Paul (see 1 Corinthians 15). And who would boldly reproduce such extraordinary claims in such an unfriendly environment as first century Rome who were unsure of the motives of the sources of their information (such as Paul and the other eyewitnesses)? Not the early Christians. Paul's imprisonment has resulted in the boldness of Chrsitians, not only in the first century, but also today, in that it is a vital part of the "extraordinary evidence" that is required for belief in "extraordinary claims" (cf. e.g., Strobel, The Case for Christ). DON'T WASTE YOUR SUFFERING! Are you taking up your part in fulfilling the Great Commission and spreading the good news of the resurrected Jesus today? Will you turn your suffering into a testimony of God's grace? Do you see your suffering as an opportunity to show non-Christians how God can make a difference for, in, and through a person who puts his trust in Jesus? Do you suffer in such a way that emboldens other Christians to share the Gospel? If you don't, what needs to change in your life so that you will? "Christians are like nails, the harder you hit them the deeper they go." - Mark Driscoll, quoting an unnamed Pastor from Romania Caveats: Don't pursue suffering for its own sake. Don't assume that you are suffering for good like Jesus and like the Apostles if you are in fact suffering as a consequence of your sin. Don't hesitate to help the poor because "God will use thier suffering for good." After all, it may be that one of the reasons God allows people to be poor is so that we can have the opportunity to help them in the name of Jesus. notes
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Γινώσκειν δὲ ὑμᾶς βούλομαι, ἀδελφοί, ὅτι τὰ κατ’ ἐμὲ μᾶλλον εἰς προκοπὴν τοῦ εὐαγγελίου ἐλήλυθεν,
I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel,
ὥστε τοὺς δεσμούς μου φανεροὺς ἐν Χριστῷ γενέσθαι ἐν ὅλῳ τῷ πραιτωρίῳ καὶ τοῖς λοιποῖς πᾶσιν,
so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ.
καὶ τοὺς πλείονας τῶν ἀδελφῶν ἐν κυρίῳ πεποιθότας
And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord [possibly, "most of the brothers in the Lord, having become confident"]
τοῖς δεσμοῖς μου
by my imprisonment,
actionresult
περισσοτέρως τολμᾶν ἀφόβως τὸν λόγον τοῦ θεοῦ λαλεῖν.
are much more bold to speak the word [possibly "of God" without fear.
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τινὲς μὲν καὶ διὰ φθόνον καὶ ἔριν,
Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry,
τινὲς δὲ καὶ δι’ εὐδοκίαν τὸν Χριστὸν κηρύσσουσιν·
but others from good will.
alternative
οἱ μὲν
The latter do it
ἐξ ἀγάπης,
out of love,
εἰδότες ὅτι εἰς ἀπολογίαν τοῦ εὐαγγελίου κεῖμαι,
knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel.
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actionpurpose
οἱ δὲ ἐξ ἐριθείας
Out of rivalry
τὸν Χριστὸν καταγγέλλουσιν,
the former proclaim Christ,
οὐχ ἁγνῶς,
not sincerely
οἰόμενοι θλῖψιν ἐγείρειν τοῖς δεσμοῖς μου.
but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment [lit. "supposing to arouse pressure in my chains."]
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τί γάρ;
What then?
πλὴν ὅτι παντὶ τρόπῳ,
Only that in every way,
εἴτε προφάσει
whether in pretense
εἴτε ἀληθείᾳ,
or in truth,
Χριστὸς καταγγέλλεται,
Christ is proclaimed,
καὶ ἐν τούτῳ χαίρω.
and in that I rejoice.
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10000000015070 15070 Arc 2009-11-07 22:02:21 2009-12-01 17:12:56 editing Philippians 1 12 1 18 Philippians 1:12-18 50 NT tisch esv i234398 i234399 i234378 Γινώσκειν δὲ ὑμᾶς βούλομαι, ἀδελφοί, ὅτι τὰ κατ’ ἐμὲ μᾶλλον εἰς προκοπὴν τοῦ εὐαγγελίου ἐλήλυθεν, I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, i234400 i234401 i234379 ὥστε τοὺς δεσμούς μου φανεροὺς ἐν Χριστῷ γενέσθαι ἐν ὅλῳ τῷ πραιτωρίῳ καὶ τοῖς λοιποῖς πᾶσιν, so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ. i234402 i234403 i234380 καὶ τοὺς πλείονας τῶν ἀδελφῶν ἐν κυρίῳ πεποιθότας And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord [possibly, "most of the brothers in the Lord, having become confident"] i234381 τοῖς δεσμοῖς μου by my imprisonment, actionresult 2 1 i234382 περισσοτέρως τολμᾶν ἀφόβως τὸν λόγον τοῦ θεοῦ λαλεῖν. are much more bold to speak the word [possibly "of God" without fear. actionresult 2 series i234404 i234405 i234383 τινὲς μὲν καὶ διὰ φθόνον καὶ ἔριν, Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, i234384 τινὲς δὲ καὶ δι’ εὐδοκίαν τὸν Χριστὸν κηρύσσουσιν· but others from good will. alternative i234406 i234407 i234385 οἱ μὲν The latter do it i234408 i234386 ἐξ ἀγάπης, out of love, i234387 εἰδότες ὅτι εἰς ἀπολογίαν τοῦ εὐαγγελίου κεῖμαι, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. ground 1 actionpurpose 2 i234409 i234388 οἱ δὲ ἐξ ἐριθείας Out of rivalry i234410 i234389 τὸν Χριστὸν καταγγέλλουσιν, the former proclaim Christ, i234411 i234390 οὐχ ἁγνῶς, not sincerely i234391 οἰόμενοι θλῖψιν ἐγείρειν τοῖς δεσμοῖς μου. but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment [lit. "supposing to arouse pressure in my chains."] negativepositive 2 actionpurpose 2 ground 1 ideaexplanation 1 concessive 2 1 ideaexplanation 1 i234412 i234392 τί γάρ; What then? i234413 i234414 i234415 i234393 πλὴν ὅτι παντὶ τρόπῳ, Only that in every way, i234416 i234394 εἴτε προφάσει whether in pretense i234395 εἴτε ἀληθείᾳ, or in truth, alternative ideaexplanation 1 i234396 Χριστὸς καταγγέλλεται, Christ is proclaimed, i234397 καὶ ἐν τούτῳ χαίρω. and in that I rejoice. questionanswer 2 situationresponse 2 1 1 1 tisch 25 esv 25 a 50 discourse
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