Philippians 1:27-28 NKJV Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel, (28) and not in any way terrified by your adversaries, which is to them a proof of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that from God.
Philippians 1:28 NLT Don’t be intimidated in any way by your enemies. This will be a sign to them that they are going to be destroyed, but that you are going to be saved, even by God Himself.
Paul knew that the character, consistency, and commitment of a Christian to the Gospel of Christ served as a sign to the unbeliever that either makes them very angry or contrite in heart. We cannot become terrified or intimidated by those that want would desire to silence the Church. To be silenced by fear diminished our capacity to be the examples and light to the world that we are called to be.
Paul wrote to the Philippians to encourage them to during a time they were experiencing considerable opposition from both Jews and the pagans of the region. Yet Paul encouraged them to remain steady in the midst of the persecution. Steady in their character and steady in their commitment to live for and share the reality of Jesus. In essence he told them, “Keep living and keep sharing your faith. Be kind and full of the compassion of Christ to everyone, even though there are many how oppose the Gospel there. Your consistency in character, and commitment to Christ is making them wonder. It is a sign that Jesus is alive.”
That is still true for us. Don’t give in to fear. Keep preaching Jesus and loving people. It is a sign that makes them wonder and the world desperately needs us to stay steady and be the people of character committed to Christ and the glorious truth of the Gospel that we are called to be.