πŸ‘‘ A Conversation Peace

β€œOnly let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel” (Phil. 1:27).

Interestingly, whenever Paul uses the phrase β€œstand fast,” it is always to challenge people to stand fast in an area in which they wereΒ notΒ standing fast! For instance, he tells the Corinthians to β€œstand fastΒ in the faith” (I Cor. 16:13), for they had lost their faith in one of the fundamentals of the faith, the resurrection (I Cor. 15:12-50). He told the Galatians to β€œstand fastΒ in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free” (Gal. 5:1) because they were forsaking grace for the law. He told the Thessalonians to β€œstand fast,Β and hold the traditions which ye have been taught” (II Thes. 2:15), especially the β€œtradition” of working for a living (3:7-12). The Thessalonians had become so excited about the Rapture that many of them quit their jobs in anticipation of the Lord’s coming!

But here in Philippians 1:27, Paul tells the Philippians to β€œstand fastΒ in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel.” This is because two ladies in the church were quarreling (4:2), and some in the church were siding with Euodias and some with Syntyche. β€œStriving together” is the Greek wordΒ sunathleo. The prefixΒ sunΒ meansΒ together with, andΒ athleoΒ is the word from which we getΒ athlete and athletics. Athletes are often teammates who must strive together to achieve a common victory, and this is what Paul was calling on the Philippians to do for the cause of Christ.

Paul doesΒ notΒ say we should striveΒ with one anotherΒ for the faith of the gospel. He rather says we should be striving β€œtogether” as those who see the fellowship of the mystery with those who don’t. With all the talk about β€œpeace on earth”, how refreshing it would be if we could enjoy the β€œconversation peace” Paul longed to see in Philippi! (Psa. 133:1; Eph. 4:3). source

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For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. — 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17

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