1. 11having been filled with the fruit of righteousnesswhich [comes] through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
    • that the gift of righteousness we have been given by Christ would be in obvious manifestation out of us.
    • a people who feel, think, act, and speak like Jesus all the time
    • that the WORLD would see, the angels would see, the heavenly powers would see, and know that God is glorious and praise Him
  2. 12Now I want you to know, brethren, that my circumstances have turned out for the greater progress of the gospel,
    • his circumstances are imprisonment as you can see in the next verse
    • but he is not upset about that - His aim is being reached - “greater progress of the gospel"
      • this is all he wants to see happen - it is the point of his entire life.
    • He is perhaps also telling the church that just because he is in prison does not mean that the grace and power of God have left Him
    • This is also where he wrote Ephesians, Colossians and obviously Philippians
  3. 13so that my imprisonment in [the cause of] Christ has become well known throughout the wholepraetorian guard and to everyone else,
    • His place of difficulty has become an opportunity for influence - this is always God’s plan
    • This is God’s doing NOT man's
  4. 14and that most of the brethren, trusting in the Lord because of my imprisonment, have far more courage to speak the word of God without fear.
    • HIs place of pain is a point of encouragement and motivation to those around him.
  5. 15Some, to be sure, are preachingChrist even from envy and strife, but some also from good will;
    • some were glad Paul was in prison so they no longer had to compete with him in the Gospel - wow that is so…. normal.
    • some are looking to his example and are seeing that:
      • They saw that Paul had joy in the midst of such a trial.
      • They saw that God would take care of Paul in such circumstances.
      • They saw that God could still use Paul even when he was imprisoned.
         
  6. 16the latter [do it] out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel
    • those who are not competing with Paul know that he has a purpose and God is using his circumstance for that purpose
  7. 17the former proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition rather than from pure motives, thinking to cause me distress in my imprisonment.
    • it fascinates me that there were those who already were using the Gospel to propel themselves forward - God guard me!
  8. 18What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed; and in this I rejoice. Yes, and I will rejoice,
    • He doesn’t even have anger for those who preach to serve themselves
    • He just wants to see the message go forward even through imperfect vessels
    • He rejoices because God will use anything he can use to further his purposes!
    • Paul chooses to rejoice in the Lord

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