I am Persuaded

“being persuaded of this: that the one who began a good work in you will accomplish it until the day of Christ Jesus.”

(Philippians 1:6)

This verse is well known to many of us, and what a beautiful statement it is and indeed, it is the true source of joy for Paul as he reflects upon the dear saints in the Philippian church. Yes, they have been his helper and have provided him with a gift so he may continue the work of ministry in Rome, but more importantly, Paul has the assurance that the work the Spirit began in this church will be continually worked out in faith until that glorious day when our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ will return.

The language of the “Day of Christ Jesus” is a reference to the Old Testament language of “The Day of the Lord.” In the ancient cultures there was a notion that one day there would come a king who would be powerful enough to defeat all of his enemies in a single day and thus conquer the known world. Indeed, the ancient world never saw such a king for the one to whom that pointed was Christ Jesus. And indeed, on the cross, Jesus slew the great and powerful enemy, Satan, and demonstrated that he had defeated death by raising from the dead on the third day. In addition, when our Lord comes again, the scriptures speak of a time when all of the armies of the world will raise up against the righteous one and will be crushed under the foot of our Lord’s judgment. Indeed, what a glorious day that will be!

In the meantime, there is a promise that we can cling to as well. The work that has been begun in us by God is not work that rests on our skills or abilities to bring to completion. Indeed, it rests on God for His completion. And that is good news. How easy it is, sometimes, to get discouraged that the work you are seeking to do in a church, in a community, or even in a family is not bearing much fruit or any fruit at all. We set our timetables and our agendas for such things, but God has his own timetable and it is in God’s timetable that we must learn to trust and it is in his power (not our efforts) we must learn to rely. For indeed, as Paul says of this church, I too am persuaded that our God is able to continue his work in this world and even in this particular church until that day when he sends his Son to bring judgement upon his enemies once and for all time.

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  1. GUin

    please pray that i will be persuaded. Things have happened that seem to have crushed to dust what i thought was genuine faith in christ. If the crushing purpose is to show me that i’ve been mistaken then it is a kindness. The bible speaks of having a form of godliness & ever learning but not coming to the truth. Don’t know if i’m truly saved or not. This concerns and saddens me deeply. Sometimes just feel numb. please pray that clarity will come. Bless you.

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    1. preacherwin

      Thank you for your transparency. There are two promises that I would point you toward. The first is to Romans 8:16 — “The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.” The Second is from John 10:28 that no one can snatch the believer out of the hand of Christ.

      While I cannot speak to your situation specifically, I can assure you that if you are distressed about this insecurity of faith, then that is probably a sign that God is working on your heart. Often we set up a false “box” of “faith” based on what I do or what church I am connected with. Thus if God is shaking that, it is a good thing because true salvation only comes from exercising faith in Christ alone. God may be shaking you away from a dead faith to prepare you for a living one.

      God may also be shaking your living faith in a way that matures you for His service. Dull tools are of no use in the master’s hands. God may be using this time to root out sin in one way shape or form…count it all Joy, brethren, when you face every trial…why? because it matures and completes your faith. Even Jesus cried out: “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?

      I would encourage you to read First John as part of your devotions, for much of the language of that letter is aimed toward those who are looking for a self-diagnosis tool to gauge their faith. You will be in my prayers,

      Blessings in Christ,

      win

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  2. GUin

    THank u so much for your kind response. One of the bible promises u shared is especially touching-john 10:28. It is carved on the headstone of my precious mom. The way she left here has shaken me to the core. She always pointed me to jesus no matter what. Was quoting scripture a few hours before her death. The questions of “why?!?” and “how could this possibly be good?!?” are constant companions. Appreciate your promise to pray for me.

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    1. preacherwin

      Certainly you are in my prayers. Sometimes we won’t be given the answer to “why” while we are on this side of the veil, yet the knowledge that God is good is a reminder that there is a why that we are just not able or not ready to grasp. It is right and proper to grieve, but don’t do so as one without hope, for believers there is also a promise of reunion. Seek your answers not by challenging God’s goodness, but by resting in it. Blessings, Win

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