What Does It Mean to Live Your Life As Being Worthy of the Gospel of Christ?

Not a single person that you or I know is able to be able to live life “as being worthy of the Gospel of Christ” as suggested by the Apostle Paul in Philippians 1:27. However, the Apostle does provide some insight as to how one might and we learn that this ability is found in Jesus Christ.

“If then there is any encouragement in Christ, if any consolation of love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, 2 fulfill my joy by thinking the same way, having the same love, sharing the same feelings, focusing on one goal. 3 Do nothing out of rivalry or conceit, but in humility consider others as more important than yourselves. 4 Everyone should look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. 5 Make your own attitude that of Christ Jesus, 6 who, existing in the form of God, did not consider equality with God as something to be used for His own advantage. 7 Instead He emptied Himself by assuming the form of a slave, taking on the likeness of men. And when He had come as a man in His external form, 8 He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death— even to death on a cross. 9 For this reason God highly exalted Him and gave Him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow—of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth—11 and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.“ Philippians 2:1-11. HCSB.

Often times we will quote or read from the KJV, Philippians 2:10, “That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow , of [things] in heaven, and [things] in earth, and [things] under the earth; And [that] every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ [is] Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” And, of course, everyone will immediately agree with this statement. However, to what was Paul referring when he placed this into his letter to the church at Philippi? In chapter 2 verse 4 we find this word of encouragement, “Everyone should look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Make your own attitude that of Christ Jesus…” But, what is the Lord’s attitude? He took it upon Himself to leave His place in Heaven in order to die on the Cross in our place. AND, “For this reason God highly exalted Him and gave Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow…” 

This is the significance of why we will often quote Philippians 2:10. Do we often stop to think about why particular verses are truly important?

Jesus is Lord!!

About Bob Williford

Conservative Southern Baptist pastor, missionary, and personal evangelist. An avid supporter of Texas Tech Athletics. Enjoy oil painting, writing and woodworking. My wife, children, and grandchildren are my joy. Reading and writing are great for relaxing......
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