Emanna for 10/04/2018
A Salvation in a Difficult Situation
Phil. 1:19 For I know that for me this will turn out to salvation through your petition and the bountiful supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, (20) According to my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I will be put to shame, but with all boldness, as always, even now Christ will be magnified in my body, whether through life or through death.
Words of Ministry
The kind of salvation we need depends on our situation. If we
are under God's judgment, we need a salvation that rescues us
from this. If we are under Satan's hand, we need a salvation
appropriate to that situation. Likewise, if we are troubled
by our temper or face difficulties in our married life, we
need still further kinds of salvation. Because Paul was a
prisoner, he needed a salvation that applied to his situation
in prison. Paul's case was extraordinary. He had not
committed any crime. His imprisonment was due to the fact
that he preached Christ. Because he preached Christ, Paul was
arrested and eventually imprisoned. No doubt, Paul suffered
there in prison. He must have been despised and treated with
contempt. To be sure, he needed a specific kind of salvation.
By this I do not mean that what he needed was release from
prison. No, he needed to experience salvation there in
[in verse 20]
we see that Paul's expectation was that he would not be put to shame. Suppose Paul wept over his situation. Would not that have been a shame? His weeping would have indicated that he was defeated, that he had lost his faith, confidence, and trust in the Lord. Or suppose that Paul became angry with the jailer and argued with him. This also would have been a shame. However, if Paul could rejoice no matter how he was treated, that would be a glory. In order to maintain such a victorious standing as an apostle of Christ, Paul needed a particular kind of salvation. In verse 20 we see two aspects of the salvation needed by Paul. The first aspect was that Paul would not be put to shame in anything; the second, that Christ would be magnified in Paul's body. Paul expected that his situation would turn out to his salvation so that in nothing he would be put to shame, but that Christ would be magnified in his body.
Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible (information available at www.recoveryversion.org), 1991, and Words of Ministry from Witness Lee, Life-study of Philippians, pp. 275-276 (available online at www.ministrybooks.org/life-studies.html) Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA Please visit us at www.emanna.com Comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org.