#2 in the series "The Good Work Of God And A People Of The Future"
If there was anything Paul loved with all his heart, it was the gospel. Over and over again we can almost laugh at the way Paul forgets himself in his letters. It's like he can't help calling this great, mighty, loving, saving work of God in Christ "my gospel." He cherished and treasured and delighted in it the way a man polishes his Porsche in the driveway on a sunny day, or the way a mother cuddles her new-born baby - "My porsche." "My baby." "My gospel."
And Paul could see these people cherished the gospel along with him. It wasn't anything they said. It was the things they did - "....because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now(5)." It isn't mere doctrinal correctness Paul is praising. From the moment of their conversion they rolled up their sleeves. They pressed into involvement for the advance of the gospel. They reached out to others in Philippi. They constantly supported Paul in their prayer meetings. They sent him money for his travels. They showed the priority of the gospel in their actions. And that made Paul's heart bubble over with joyous, thankful prayer.
God had changed their hearts, not just forgiven their sins. They were recruited, not just saved. Their devotion to their Lord was miles away from dull religious professionalism. The church walls couldn't contain it. Paul saw this vitality and loved it. He had been raised with religious routines and robes. Seeing the real deal of Christianity brought prayerful cries of joy from his heart.
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