Like His Teacher-4-Individuals in Community Together in the Gospel

27Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or remain absent, I will hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel; 28in no way alarmed by your opponents—which is a sign of destruction for them, but of salvation for you, and that too, from God. 29For to you it has been granted for Christ’s sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake, 30experiencing the same conflict which you saw in me, and now hear to be in me, (NASB 1995;

A peculiar passage launches us into the investigation of a community that is willing to suffer for Messiah “experiencing the same conflict” together in order that with one mind, and one spirit we are “striving together for the faith of the Gospel.” We behold the importance of community as the “holy re-acclimation” to be reminded to go out there and live the gospel, not only believe it, and that this communal accountability is what assists us each in our journey to be like our Teacher (who being in the form of God did not consider it…). We need be reminded yes? Because we are weak, we need be reminded so often to lay down our lives and the justification of sinful emotion towards those who have done us wrong. We need to be told, as Hosea was, “Go and love again.” Community in the gospel therefore is the accountability that challenges our false reasoning and assists us in the outworking of the gospel in the many scenarios we are all personally dealing with. 

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