It is easy to forget, due to the emphasis on joy in Philippians, the it’s context is one of suffering. Paul wasn’t merely writing a treatise for mental ascent, bust instead admonishment from relational knowledge. He understood what it meant to be in chains for Christ and he wanted to encourage the church at Philippi that this was not insurmountable with God. Here Paul elucidates what many want to forget. God’s prowess for weaving blessings goes beyond any cage that men can try to box him into. Indeed, it only intensifies the level of witness that one can achieve when they maintain the correct perspective on it. The true prison is that which instructs Christians that God cannot work in our suffering. This often leads sincere believers to suffer poorly. Their suffering becomes a confirmation of the bias under which they were persecuted. God’s gospel is seen as weak. Yet, because Christ suffered well, we are to do the same. Christ did it from the cross. He kept his character intact and served as the beacon of salvation for all. Paul was doing it from prison and subsequently became a force for God, even in chains. If we can’t suffer well in the small things, we certainly will have a hard time suffering well in the times that matter.
Posted byJosh McGaryPosted inBible Thoughts, blogs, Philippians, teachingTags:2023, bible, Bible Thoughts, chains, gospel, joy, persecution, suffering
Published by Josh McGary
MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY. First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years. I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy. https://sleek.bio/joshmcgary View more posts