VERSE OF THE DAY
For you have been given not only the privilege of trusting in Christ but also the privilege of suffering for him.
For you have been given honor of laying all faiths In Christ Jesus yet also the honor of suffering in daily stresses and struggle for his name sake as being in him by creation of his masterpieces as being his child
What Does Philippians 1:29 Mean? ►
For to you it has been granted for Christ’s sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake,
It was not only Jesus Who explained that the Christian life would entail much suffering but also Peter, James, and the apostle Paul. Suffering for Christ’ sake and enduring many trials and tribulations on His account is part of the worthy walk of the normal Christian life.. for we have not only been given the wonderful advantages of trusting in Christ for salvation, but also the holy privilege of suffering for Him
We have been promised a full supply of Christ sufficient grace through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit.. no matter what difficulties or dangers we may face. Even death is the doorway into the presence of God, Who Himself has promised to finish the good work that He began in us.. when we first came to faith in Christ Jesus our Saviour, and were born into His heavenly family.
The normal human reaction to the influx of persecutions and pain is an immediate desire to escape the advancing difficulties and dangers, but in reality we should embrace them with a thankful heart – confidently expecting our heavenly Father to use them for our spiritual benefit and for His eternal glory.
James considers the various trials that come our way to be “all joy’, and calls us to ‘rejoice in our sufferings’.. knowing that through them our faith will be tested, which will produce in us patient endurance.. and a chance to grow.. so that we may become mature in the faith, and be made perfect and complete in all things. Peter also encouraged us to, “rejoice insofar as you share in Christ’s sufferings, knowing that you will also be overjoyed when His glory is revealed’
And Paul considers that the sufferings, sadness, trials and tribulations of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed in us – for it has been granted to us on behalf of our Saviour, Jesus Christ.. not only to believe in Him for salvation, but also to suffer for Him as we journey through life – in a Christ-rejecting sinful world that is lost in their trespasses and sins and is at enmity with our heavenly Father.
What does Philippians 1:29 mean?
Paul clearly teaches that both believing and suffering were parts of faithful Christian living. His readers had likely already faced some persecution, and may have wondered why they had to suffer if they were faithfully living for God. Paul makes it clear that godliness and suffering often go together. There are times when we suffer, at the hands of the world, because we are following the will of God. The world hates the gospel, and it will naturally try to stamp it out (John 16:1–4). Second Timothy 3:12 says, “Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.”
Paul will later note in Philippians 3:8 and 10, “For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ. … that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death.” Christ is worthy of whatever suffering a believer may face. In Colossians 1:24, Paul would write, “Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake.” First Peter 2:21 notes the role of suffering in this way: “For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps.”
Philippians 1:19–30 shows Paul reflecting on two competing desires. On one hand, a believer wants to serve God and bring others to Christ through their life. On the other hand, a Christian yearns to leave suffering behind—to be with God in eternity. Paul concludes that it’s better to live until God calls him home, so he can serve his fellow men. Paul also encourages the Philippians with his conviction that he will be released to see them again. His experiences, good or bad, are all adding to the glory of Jesus Christ.
In chapter 1, Paul thanks the Philippian believers for supporting his ministry. Even when Paul was jailed, or persecuted, they had been generous and loyal. Paul encourages these Christians by explaining that all of his suffering has been for a good cause. Even better, these attempts to persecute Paul have actually caused the gospel to spread. For this, Paul is grateful. He fully expects to be released, and to see the believers of Philippi again