In Philippians 1:7, Paul states that he defends and confirms the Gospel (The good news of Jesus being our ultimate sacrifice). This is a continual list of what he is thankful for. He thanks God because of their participation in the Gospel (v.5). He also is thankful because God will complete the work He has started (v. 6). All of this can be summed up by saying that Paul is thankful for the Gospel and the difference it makes in peoples lives. He mentions three items in relation to the Gospel- imprisonment, defense and confirmation.
Imprisonment refers to the sacrifice of the Gospel. Regardless of what Paul faced, the Gospel was worth it.
Defense refers to apologia- this word means to give a verbal defense. The opposite is quietness. There must be a verbal defense of the Gospel. This is what makes preaching so important. There must be a moment in time where His Word is proclaimed.
Confirmation means that the Gospel has been proven with absolutely no doubt.
Does this describe what you believe about the Gospel?
Is it worth sacrifice? Is it worth defending? Has it been confirmed to you?
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