Skip to main content

Philippians 1:18: Christ Is Proclaimed, And In That I Rejoice

Philippians 1:18
[18] What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice. Yes, and I will rejoice, (ESV)

The Apostle Paul was a better man than I will ever be. There have been those who have looked at his persecution and judged him as stricken by God. These were men who also preached the Gospel. They should have been his support, but instead they sneered. They tried to rival him instead of reach out to him. It would have been very easy for Paul to be resentful or angered.

Here his response in verse 18. No matter what the motivation of his colleagues he is rejoicing that the Gospel is being preached. This is where I struggle. If I hear some late night TV preacher, motivated by getting the money out of your wallet and into his "ministry" I find myself extremely agitated. I rarely say like Paul, "Whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice."

I do think that in other contexts Paul would have exposed the hypocrisy of men who preach with wrong motivations, but I believe that the Apostle is trying to make a greater point. His point in this whole book of Philippians is joy in the midst of suffering. Circumstances may be difficult but they are not to dictate our joy. Our joy is found in Christ.

Note the last few words of verse 18. I will rejoice. I am convinced that you will never experience true joy from a biblical point of view if you have not made a decision that you will rejoice. Regardless of your situation you must say with Paul, "I will rejoice." Only a joy that is found apart from circumstances will be lasting. And that is found in Christ.

There are many hypocrites and phonies out there. Many will bring you grief. How will you respond? Why not make a decision to rejoice. Start now. Rejoice!


Popular posts from this blog

Romans 8:18: For I Consider That The Sufferings Of This Present Time Are Not Worth Comparing

Romans 8:18 [18] For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. (ESV) Perspective. What an important word. Let's be honest. We do not like the idea of suffering. We will do almost anything to avoid any kind of suffering. Some churches have gone so far as to preach against the idea of suffering, declaring it to not be a part of the true believer's life. Paul is not shy about the topic. Paul uses the sufferings of this present time as a means to consider the greater glory that awaits us. Perspective. Paul is not in any way attempting to diminish our suffering. A view toward eternity puts our suffering in a proper understanding. Yes, our suffering is terrible. In the grand scheme of eternity it is not even worth comparison. Maybe you are thinking that Paul does not know what he is talking about when it comes to suffering. In 2 Corinthians 11 Paul describes countless beatings, often near death,

Romans 15:14: I Myself Am Satisfied About You, My Brothers

Romans 15:14 [14] I myself am satisfied about you, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able to instruct one another. (ESV) The Apostle Paul was a strong man. His words to the churches in all of his letters are full of doctrinal truth and instruction that are not for the faint of heart. In this letter to the church at Rome he had to correct them in their understanding of how to deal with issues that could potentially divide them. Paul had never even been to Rome yet. He had not met these believers. Paul is telling the church at Rome in this verse that the reason they were able to receive his strong words was because of their spiritual maturity. He declares that they are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able to instruct one another. This is an incredible compliment that Paul would not offer to every church. This concept of being filled with goodness and knowledge speaks of a group of believers who had listened to t

Romans 15:22: This Is The Reason Why I Have So Often Been Hindered From Coming To You.

Romans 15:22 [22] This is the reason why I have so often been hindered from coming to you. (ESV) Paul was quite the traveler. As an Apostle to the Gentiles his task was literally to take the Gospel to the entire known world at the time. Many of the Epistles that Paul writes are letters written to places where he has already been. He preached the Gospel, many were saved, churches were planted, and Paul moved on to a new area. Rome was a place that Paul had never been to. He writes this entire letter to people whom he had never met. As an Apostle to the Gentiles he wanted to give them the good solid teaching they needed to grow in their faith. Likely, someone who was converted on the Day of Pentecost went back to Rome and first shared the Gospel there. Paul says that he has been often hindered from coming to Rome. He could have argued that all kinds of circumstances would not permit him to get to Rome. Paul would not have blamed circumstances. He would have understood that it w