Other Preachers Preaching Christ

Maturing love, guided by truth and discernment, will enhance our ability to determine those godly activities which will continue to purify our desires and insure that our reputations will not cause others to stumble.

I. The prayer (Philippians 1:9-11) has two overall objectives: to be filled with righteous fruits and to bring glory and praise to God.

A. We are “chosen” to produce “fruit.”

1. John 15:16 -- Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.

2. Matthew 7:18-20 -- A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.  Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

B. Our “fruit” is “by Jesus Christ.”

1. Ephesians 2:10 -- For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

2. Colossians 1:10 -- That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God

3. 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 -- Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself….Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.

4. John 15:4-5 -- Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

C. All of our “fruit” is to give “glory and praise” to God.

1. Ephesians 1:5-6 -- Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

2. Ephesians 1:11-12 -- In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: that we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.

II. “BUT” – the transition to the first “example” is very different than expected.

A. The “things” that happened to me (Philippians 1:12).

1. Paul is writing from prison in Rome (1:13 “the palace”; 4:22 “Caesar’s household”)

2. Paul imprisonment in Rome lasted two years (Acts 28:30-31).

a. He was told that he would “testify” there (Acts 23:11)
b. He lived in a “hired house” with a soldier as guard (Acts 28:16)
c. He first gave witness to the Jews there (Acts 28:23-29)
d. He also had opportunity to speak to “all who came” (Acts 28:30)

3. Paul was executed by Nero in ~ 64 AD (some suggest ~ 67 AD)

B. The “things” . . . have fallen out to the furtherance of the gospel.

1. Paul was imprisoned unjustly (Acts 25:7-11; 26:31)

2. Paul suffered much from Jerusalem to Rome.

a. Plot to assassinate him (Acts 23:12)
b. Long, political imprisonment in Caesarea (Acts 25:14)
c. Ship wreck and hardship (Acts 27:10-44)

3. Paul was given freedom to “preach” in his own house (Acts 28:23)

a. The “chief of the Jews” were given specific and precise information about the gospel (Acts 28:17-23)
b. The “many” who came were “persuaded” about Jesus out of the law of Moses and the prophets (Acts 28:23)
c. The Jews had “great reasoning” among themselves (Acts 28:29)
d. The two years before his death, Paul continued “preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him” (Acts 28:31)

C. The “Good News” will be published and accomplish what God has intended for IT to achieve.

1. Romans 8:28 -- All things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose

2. 1 Corinthians 8:6 -- But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.

3. 2 Corinthians 9:8 -- And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work

4. Ephesians 1:11 – …being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will

III. “AND” . . . most of the brethren . . . speak the word (Philippians 1:14)

A. The freedom given Paul to preach in prison encouraged the church at Rome.

1. They became “confident” – “good work…will perform it” (Philippians 1:6)

2. Hebrews 11:13 -- These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.

3. Hebrews 10:32-34 -- after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions; partly, whilst ye were made a gazingstock both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly, whilst ye became companions of them that were so used. For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance.

4. 2 Timothy 1:8 -- Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God

B. The imprisonment of Paul delighted “some” (Philippians 1:15-16)

1. Some, indeed, preach Christ . . .

a. Out of envy (jealously)
1) James 4:4-5 -- whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?
2) 1 Peter 2:1-2 -- Wherefore laying aside all…envies…desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby
b. Out of strife (debate)
1) Titus 3:9 -- But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain.
2) James 3:14-16 -- if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
c. Out of contention (political jockeying for position/prestige)
1) 1 Corinthians 1:11 -- For it hath been declared unto me… that there are contentions among you.
2) Philippians 2:3 -- Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.

2. Some, supposed they could add “affliction” to Paul’s imprisonment.

a. Their motive was NOT to preach Christ.
b. Their motive was to inhibit Paul’s preaching.
c. Their motive was not sincere (pure)
d. Their preaching was “pretence” (for show, to colour)
1) Matthew 23:14 -- Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.
2) 1 Thessalonians 2:5 - For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloke of covetousness; God is witness

C. The result? – The Gospel is preached, and Paul “rejoices” in the Gospel.

1. It is the Gospel that has “power” to save – NOT the messenger

a. Romans 1:16 -- For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
b. 1 Corinthians 1:18 -- For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

2. It is the “words” of God that have power, NOT the motivation of the speaker.

a. John 12:48 -- He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.
b. Deuteronomy 23:5 -- Nevertheless the LORD thy God would not hearken unto Balaam; but the LORD thy God turned the curse into a blessing unto thee, because the LORD thy God loved thee.

3. Psalm 76:10 -- Surely the wrath of man shall praise thee: the remainder of wrath shalt thou restrain.

a. Joseph -- Genesis 50:20 -- But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.
b. Jethro (Moses’ father in law) commenting on the Exodus of Israel Exodus 18:11 -- Now I know that the LORD is greater than all gods: for in the thing wherein they dealt proudly he was above them.
c. Nebuchadnezzar after watching Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego delivered from the furnace (Daniel 3)


2 Corinthians 10:3-5

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:

(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)

Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God,

and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;


I am set for the defence of the gospel.

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