CONFIRMATION OF THE GOSPEL
Paul had a strong tie to the church at Philippi. The endearing words of
Philippians 1:5-8 shows his affection for them. The begining of his ministry
there was a bitter/sweet experience. It was sweet and then bitter, then sweet
again, as the account in Acts 16:12-40 shows.
When he spoke of ". . . confirmation of the gospel . . .", vs 1:7,
it is significant. He not only defended it, but he gave a firm establishment
of the gospel. He both defended it; but as an offensive team in football,
he established yardage in setting it forth to those opposing him and the crowd
about in attendance.
Hebrews 6:16 contains the word"confirmation"in the sense of settling
the matter. The "greater" referred to, would be the Lord, or His ways: such as
His Word or actions.
I'm sure the brethren at Phillipi viewed Paul as a champion for truth, much
as when David was in conflict with Goliath. If one is on the side of Truth, he
need only follow the leadership of the Spirit, and employ the Word of Truth as
We must not be poorly informed, we are amidst a majority in the world who
know not the Lord, and ignore His Word of counsel. Hebrews 2:3 offers us a grand
example of the role of testifying saints who echo their Lord, and thus "confirm"
the truth of "so great salvation".
The glorious Gospel is a message that brings joy to the saved ones --- the
surety one has about the future of the redeemed: which is as sure as the God who
wrought it. He came to save sinners by the death on the cross,as their substitute.
We MUST firmly assert to the Gospel's authenticity, power, glory to come to them
who have Eternal Life. We have a grand hymn called "Dare To Be A Daniel" --- maybe
someone should write one "Dare To Be A Confirmer". DDH
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