Philippians 2:17-18 “17 Yes, and if I am being poured out as a drink offering on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. 18 For the same reason you also be glad and rejoice with me.”
We do not understand martyrdom here in the United States and therefore often read over these verses with little thought as to what Paul is saying and asking the Philippians. Paul specifically used the Greek word SPENDO which was simply translated as “offered” in KJV, but in the NKJV is actually written out with its true meaning, “to pour out as a drink offering”. The only other place SPENDO is used is in 2 Timothy 4:6 where Paul is telling Timothy that he is prepared to be put to death for his faith and walk in Jesus. The Philippians were converted Pagans and they understood blood sacrifices’ which were poured on top of their Pagan alters. This would have left no doubt in the minds of the Philippians that Paul would actually be killed because of his work in their lives of converting them over to Christianity.
“I am glad and rejoice with you all” is not a sadistic comment from Paul referring to his being glad and asking the Philippians to rejoice with him over the fact that he was going to be put to death. Paul is glad and rejoice full at the fact that the Philippians conversion was so powerful and complete that everyone could see it. Consider this; if Paul had not made much of an impact both he and those who chose to follow his teachings would have probably been left alone. Because Paul and his teachings brought such a dramatic change in the lives of Christian converts it actually brought negative attention. Paul is encouraging the Philippians and us to realize that if a walk with Christ causes this much stir than the person with such a walk must be closer than they realize to walking in the truth of God. Paul is rejoicing that the Philippians have made such an impact on their society for Jesus and wants them to rejoice as he rejoices for them.
When I finally understood these two verses I had to ask myself the painful question. What impact has my life had on those around me since I became Born Again? Have I encouraged anyone in the Lord to the point that their walk with Jesus was adversely noticed by today’s heathen society? Am I allowing my light and the light of God to shine through my life to the point that I become criticized? Ask yourself these same questions and be honest with yourself. It will change your life and you will begin to see God’s power work through you.
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