And in no way be alarmed or intimidated [in anything] by your opponents, for such [constancy and fearlessness on your part] is a [clear] sign [a proof and a seal] for them of [their impending] destruction, but [a clear sign] for you of deliverance and salvation, and that too, from God. For you have been granted [the privilege] for Christ’s sake, not only to believe and confidently trust in Him, but also to suffer for His sake, [and so you are] experiencing the same [kind of] conflict which you saw me endure, and which you hear to be mine now.” PHILIPPIANS 1:28-30 AMP
Paul wanted to encourage the Philippian believers to stay confident in their faith, not allowing the opposition to create doubt, fear, or discouragement in them. He reminded them that God was their deliverance and salvation and that they needed to make that known to their adversaries by standing firm. He also reminded them that their suffering for being a follower of Jesus Christ was a privilege. He even alluded to his own suffering as a case in point. They had been witnesses of Paul's imprisonment and God's miraculous intervention by making the jailhouse quake and the prison doors fly open. Paul and Silas had previously been in the Philippian jail because of preaching the gospel (see Acts 16:19-40). In fact, the Philippian jailer and his household came to know Jesus through that event. Paul was currently in prison in Rome and was, once again, suffering because of his devotion to Jesus. He was honored to do so! No matter what may occur around us, let's stay focused on our mission to know, and share, Jesus Christ and let's watch God be on display. He has never failed us before and He won't now!!!
Rev. Curtis Norris