Paul understood the Gospel has power. It is what he stood in defense of and proclaimed. Paul said this in 1Cor.1:18 “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” Paul understood that getting the Gospel out was more important then his circumstances.
The situations Paul describes here in getting out the Gospel.
- His imprisonment.
- When the gospel is being preached with wrong motive.
- 1. The Gospel is moving forward (v.12-13)
- a. Paul was put into prison to stop him from proclaiming the gospel, but instead it was advancing touching the lives of the imperial guard that Paul was chained to. And the imperial household. (Look at 1:25) the progress of the Gospel in our own life.
- b. When the situation does not look good believe that God is in it, look for the opportunity to share your faith!
- 2. The Gospel is encouraging others to be bold (v.14)
- a. Paul’s imprisonment was encouraging others to stand up for the Gospel. Giving strength to speak with boldness. At times it is hard to have boldness, we get scared. (Look at the prayer for boldness in Acts.4:23-31)
- b. We need to pray for boldness to share our faith. The power is in the Gospel.
- 3. The Gospel cannot be stopped (v.15-18)
- a. Some were preaching from a pure heart. And others were preaching for themselves, even though the proper gospel was being preached.
- b. Paul understood that God was going to work , because the power is in the gospel and not the person.
In closing: The heart beat of Paul; he wanted his life to be about Jesus, making the Gospel his highest priority. Read rom.1:16. Let us remember the power is in the Gospel and not in man.