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Oct 29, 2017
Passage: Philemon 1:1 & Philippians 4:11

A Prisoner Of Jesus Christ

…a prisoner of Jesus Christ

(PHILEMON 1:1)

Beloved, take notice of what the apostle writes “Paul, a prisoner of Jesus Christ.” Notice, our brother does not write that he was a prisoner of Nero or a prisoner of Rome but rather, Paul makes us to know, he was exactly where the Lord wanted him to be. Beloved, whatever the suffering, whatever the difficulty, whatever trial or trouble came upon him, Paul always looked upon it as being the will of His Lord. There is a lot to learn here, much to learn, as one brother intimated in the most affectionate way; ‘God graciously makes His people to kiss His sovereign hand and bless Him for His good providence in everything.’

In another place the apostle writes “I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” (PHILIPPIANS 4:11) I pray, the Lord enabling, that we could cultivate the same spirit among His people, indeed that is the outlook we ought to have in everything. Beloved, I’m so glad that the apostle didn’t say “I knew it already” rather, ever so blessedly he said “I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” How did he do that? How can you and I be content in whatsoever state? How can you and I be content in times of difficulty, pressure, and what is seemingly like utter and complete failure?

Beloved, by God’s undeserved grace in Christ, we can be content by having this one thing stayed in our hearts and minds: I’m here according to the purpose of my Heavenly Father, according to the perfect will of my God, that although I may not see it right now, somehow our Mighty God is going to use all things for His glory and the good of His people…all the while trusting and hoping, that I’m including among them.

Though Nero the Emperor of Rome compelled Paul outwardly, inwardly Paul knew that he was exactly where his Lord purposed him to be. As someone once said “That’ll keep us from trying to live in the future…and it’ll keep us from trying to always straighten out the past.” By knowing that where we are, what we’re doing, and what we’re going through is according to God’s perfect will, grants the believer peace. For beloved, He “hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.” (2 TIMOTHY 1:9)


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