Thanks for joining us today for our Friday devotion from Philippians! Today we’re looking at chapter two and verse sixteen:
Philippians 2:16 – Holding forth the word of life…(KJV)
Hold on! Hold fast! Don’t let go! Paul is encouraging the Philippians to cling firmly to the Word of Life. Sometimes in the Christian journey you’ve got to tie a knot in the rope and just hold on.
There is certainly a measure of tenacity and resolve required to be a Christian. There are times when you must determine that you will hold on, in spite of trouble and opposition.
Hold to the Word of Life. Hold fast to the promises of God’s Word. Hold fast to the truths that have proven over and over to be a solid foundation. Hold fast to the tenants of your faith that have brought you thus far. Hold fast to what has often been a lamp and light to your feet and path. Hold fast to the Scriptures that have brought you comfort and strength in your long and lonely nights. Hold fast to the Word of Life. The Word has never failed you and it never will.
To make it to the end, you must possess an unwavering determination to hold fast to the things of God.
Paul is brutally honest with the Philippians. He doesn’t conceal the fact that they must hold fast to the Word of Life. He does not hide the truth in the fine print on the bottom of the last page! He’s honest and straightforward. His choice of words in this verse proclaims a clear message – we will all face things as a Christian that require a determination to hold fast.
Hold forth – ἐπέχω (epechō): verb: “To hold firmly to. To hold fast”
The Philippians were new in their faith. Paul was not. He knew from experience that many things in life attempt to wrestle away our faith and confidence in God. Think about the other times Paul encouraged the church to “hold fast.”
Hebrews 10:23 (KJV) – 23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)
1 Timothy 6:12 (KJV) – 12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
Galatians 6:9 (KJV) – 9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
It was at the end of his earthly journey when Paul wrote these celebrated words to Timothy:
7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: (2 Timothy 4:7)
Paul reached the finished line because he had kept the faith. There were many things that could have wrestled his faith away – but Paul held fast. There were many enemies – both human and demonic – that tried to rob Paul of his confidence in God. But Paul fought a good fight. Paul’s closing message to Timothy was not unlike his message to the Philippians in verse 16: To make it to the end, you must possess an unwavering determination to hold fast to the things of God.
Life’s troubles and trials will try to rob us of our peace and joy. The world will try to undermine our faith in God. There will be people who will try to discourage our spiritual ambition. The enemy will always point out our faults and failures and try bring condemnation upon us.
Determine today that you will not let anyone or anything pry away your faith in God and His Word. Hold fast to the Word of Life!