Daily Devotions


Day 28

"Let your conduct be worthy of the gospel..."

Text: Philippians 1:27


Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is a glorious privilege that must not be taken for granted. If we truly appreciate what it means to believe in Him, then we must make sure that we walk worthy of our faith. This was a consistent word of exhortation the Paul affirmed. We see this emphasis in the following text.

“Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ,
so that whether I come and see you or am absent,
I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit,
with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel.”

Philippians 1:27

1. “Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ”

a) This is a possible translation (idiomatic).
b) The focus is on the word “conduct”.

2. A more literal translation may be more striking

a) The idea behind the word “conduct” in the Greek text was not a noun.
b) The original idea was a verbal one.
c) It may be translated thus. “Conduct yourselves worthily of the gospel of Christ.”
d) The emphasis is different for the focus is on the verbal idea of “conducting”.
e) Naturally the expression is “conduct be worthy of the gospel”.

3. Important appropriate expressions include the following:-

a) There must be consistency in conduct.
i) Whether Paul was present with them.
ii) Or absent from them.
b) There must be oneness.
i) Oneness in spirit.
ii) Oneness in mind.
c) “Striving together for the faith of the gospel”
i) There were false teachers/teachings to be combatted.
ii) The faith of the gospel needs to be defended stoutly.
iii) The defence must not just be verbal.
iv) The defence is made stronger when we strongly and consistently conduct ourselves well.