Thursday, January 9, 2014

Christ is preached!

In Philippians 1:12-18, Paul expresses how his imprisonment for Christ has encouraged and uplifted his prison brothers in Christ, so much that they preached Christ in their midst.  However, he also noted that even though some were doing it out of envy and rivalry, and others out of the goodness of their hearts, he rejoiced because Christ was preached. 

Yes, it is true that Christ shall be preached for all the good reasons more importantly to save the lost, however, when you think about it for whatever reason Christ is preached we rejoice because in hearing the good news many will be saved.  Think about it, if there is a person that has never heard of Christ and hears about Him through a selfish ambition preacher and gets saved, I believe it was all worth it.  Yes, those who preach Christ for all the wrong reasons will be judge by God, however, whenever we hear Christ we are to rejoice that through the preaching Christ will work a miracle in everyone that speaks and hears it.  This person is now a new creation because of Christ not because of what anyone has done.  Christ does the work within us.  Whether you agree or disagree with how Christ is being preached let us continue to rejoice because Christ's name is being preached all over the world in hopes that many will be saved before His coming.

Philippians 1:17-18 Paul ends with:  (I love Paul by the way I love his passion for Christ.  His words come alive when I read them.)

The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains.  But what does it matter?  The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached.  And because of this I rejoice.  AMEN!

God works in mysterious ways, who knows what plans God has for the selfish ambition preacher, who knows He may save him, too.  It is all in God’s hands. 


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