The Axiom of a True Apostle. Philippians 1.15-20.
The axiom of a true apostle is to preach Christ. Paul preached Christ, and he rejoiced when Christ was preached. Paul defended the preaching of Christ and not himself. He could have dropped the Gospel for freedom from imprisonment. He didn’t. He was faithful to his calling. May you, dear reader, be encouraged by this message from God’s Word. God bless you.
PAUL WRITING FROM PRISON IN ROME. A.D. 61
Here is the PDF: Philippians 1.1-5
Paul’s heart for the Philippian people is a wonderful example of a heart transformed through the Gospel of Christ by the grace of God. Paul’s salutation is very humble – he calls Timothy and himself slaves of Christ instead of apostles of Christ. The Greek understanding of the word slave was a bond slave: one whose will is consumed by the will of his master. Are we slaves of Christ? May we humble ourselves to be His bond slave.
True apostles preach Christ, make disciples, and train believers to live the crucified life. The emphasis of their ministry is not miracles, signs, and wonders but on the Gospel of Christ. Though Christ performed miracles through the hands of his men, the emphasis of their ministries to the world were not on signs and wonders. Their emphasis was on the Lordship of Jesus Christ. A true apostle will preach the true Gospel of Christ everywhere he goes. Most of today’s modern apostles do not preach the Gospel everywhere they go, nor are they strictly dedicated to it. Most have hobbies, mansions, and wealth that detract them from the priority of living and preaching the Gospel – that which no true apostle of the New Testament possessed nor concerned themselves with.
Paul writes from his prison house in Rome. The emphasis is his letter is on the joy of the Gospel of Christ and his gratitude to the Philippian fellowship. He wrote this letter while in chains; may we learn from this most blessed letter of Scripture authored by none other than the Holy Spirit, Himself.
God bless you.
PAUL IN CORINTH: A TRUE APOSTLE NEVER CEASES TO PREACH THE GOSPEL
Here is the PDF for Paul in Corinth Part I: Paul in Corinth. Acts 18.1-18
Paul came to Corinth and met Acquila. He stayed with Acquila and his wife Priscilla, and he worked with them in the tent making business. Paul shares the Gospel with both Jews and Gentiles when he enters the synagogue of Corinth, and he seeks to persuade them all to believe the Gospel of our risen Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. As a true apostle of Christ, Paul was relentless in his preaching and teaching of the Gospel and in his desire to persuade all who listened to repent of their sins and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. As is demonstrated in the book of Acts, a true apostle’s ministry emphasis is the preaching and teaching of the Gospel of Christ and making disciples that will live the crucified life through the Spirit of God. No true apostle of Christ will fail to share the Gospel every where he goes. May the Lord Jesus Christ bless us with His understand of His word.
God bless you.