There’s a few certain passages here that are just mind blowing. Paul’s witness to the world and his example as a Christian and a warrior for Christ is, perhaps, one of the greatest to ever exist.
Verses 15-18 are beautiful. “Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will. The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. The former proclaim Christ out of rivalry, not sincerely but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment. What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice.” Christ is being proclaimed and so he rejoices.
It makes me think of a friend or family member, or anyone for that matter, who might pester a Christian about their faith. Although they may be doing it to mock or poke fun it still causes the gospel to be preached and fall upon their ears.
Next is the second half of verse 20-21 where Paul talks about Christ being honored through either his life or his death, and that he doesn’t really matter which one it is. However, he would love to die and go to be with the Lord but it is more important for him to remain here for the church.
Finally, my last point is verse 27, “Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ…” Imagine that…your life should be worthy enough to speak the glory of the gospel. True, anyone can…but it’s…it’s nearly blasphemous. It’s like a Jew speaking well of Hitler if one who is not worthy attempts to proclaim the gospel.