Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel. As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. Philippians 1:12-13
Paul endured a lot during his ministry, he was often beaten and imprisoned. But thru his suffering people could see that Paul was sincere with his doctrine about Jesus and wasn’t using it for his own gain. There are still many today who accuse Paul and others, for making up Christianity for there own personal agendas.
But Paul never profited by the world, nor did the other disciples, from spreading Christianity. In fact almost all of the early disciples of Jesus were executed eventually
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. Yes, and I will continue to rejoice, Philippians 1:17
I once heard a pastor say “If Christians attacked Satan as much as they attack other Christians, Satan would be in trouble”. This is so true, Christians spend most of there time and energy debating and criticizing each other over Biblical interpretation differences.
As Paul says here “What does it really matter?” Our main goal should be teaching people about Jesus and his grace he delivered us on the cross. When Jesus gets removed as the Godhead of the Church, that’s when we need to be concerned.
for I know that through your prayers and God’s provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance. Philippians 1:19
Your trials and suffering, just like Paul, will be used by God to exalt Jesus and show the world we can do all things thru Christ who gives us strength. Don’t fear opposition, embrace it, for God will use you to give him Glory. He will never leave you or forsake you in Jesus Name Amen