27 Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, 28 and not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God. 29 For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake, 30 engaged in the same conflict that you saw I had and now hear that I still have.
A life that is lived worthily of the gospel is marked by a unified fearlessness striving for the faith of the gospel.
Remember seeing that video of how animals eat their food?
The essence of the video is that there is a certain manner to eat food— humans all eat with a certain set of manners. There is a different normal for each culture, but we have a method to the madness of getting food in our bellies. This is the question of Paul. What is the manner of life that marks the christian?
Paul says, “Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ”
- If the Gospel’s worth living for, it’s worth fighting for.
- If you won’t fight for your belief in the gospel, can you really say you’re living worthy of it?
- By not fighting for it, you are declaring by your actions it’s not worth living for.
Does this singular idea seem like a unified picture of living worthy of the gospel or are there other ideas that you would say the Christian is called to?