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A Surprising Motivation to Speak the Word

October 14, 2010

Philippians 1:12-14 says, “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 (ESV).”

I’ve been sitting here wondering, “Would I be among most of [these] brothers?”  They took courage from Paul’s circumstances (being imprisoned), his assuring attitude (“what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel”) and his continued witness (“it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ” which I take to point to Paul’s actively explaining to those who guarded him the real reason for his being in that Roman prison).

Upon first reading this, I was surprised. Then came wonder followed shortly by feeling stunned.

And finally, conviction.

 

 

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