Thanks, Bible Gateway, for a bit more enlightenment on a favorite Scripture verse. Today’s Verse of the Day is Philippians 1:6 And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
Familiar passage, eh? Yes, for me too, but this viewing caused me to look deeper.
The writer, Apostle Paul, under the Holy Spirit’s guidance, said, he “was sure of this.” So, what was “this?”
He who began a good work in you …
Who is He? Did Paul refer to himself as the one who had begun the good work? Of course not! He was writing of God, who was working through His Holy Spirit.
What is the good work? First, Paul addressed this letter to the “saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi (vs. 1).” Saints are those who are sanctified, a Biblical word for “holy,” or “separated” from this corrupt, world system. These weren’t just garden variety church-goers; they were totally committed, do-or-die Christ-followers. They had to be, as those who claimed Jesus as their Savior could very well lose everything, including their mortal lives.
The good work also included their partnership with him in the gospel, both materially, through helps and offerings, and spiritually, through prayer. These saints weren’t rich, affluent, or even comfortable. They struggled for every penny they had, yet they gave from their poverty so that God’s work could continue for His glory.
… will bring it to completion …
Who would bring it to completion? The same Person who began the good work. While the saints faced struggles because of their faith, they also struggled with completing, or maturing, in their faith. As long as they did their best to obey God, He would complete their sanctification—holiness—through His Holy Spirit.
So, what about when they fell short of the holiness ideal? Apostle Paul covered that problem in Romans 8:1-4. Read it. It’s pretty cool (that’s like saying dry ice is cool).
… at the day of Jesus Christ.
Are you dissatisfied with your growth in Christ Jesus? Does your sanctification seem a long way off, if ever? Do you long to be holy because He is holy? Picture a little brother following his big brother around, trying to do the things he does, yet getting frustrated because he can’t throw a perfect spiral through a swinging tire at twenty yards. If you are a true Christ-follower, that’s they way you feel. Fret not, little brother! Your time is coming, at the day of Jesus Christ. You’ll have to practice … a lot … but when you meet Jesus in the air, all those struggles will be behind you.
Jesus told us to rejoice; despite everything, rejoice, for your reward is great in heaven!