“Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.”
– Philippians 1:27 –
This little phrase is the very heart of Paul’s letter to the Philippians. Paul’s preeminent concern in his letter to the church of Philippi is that they would bring the practice of their lives into conformity with the position they enjoy as sharers in the Gospel of Christ. In reflecting on this command, two implications become immediately apparent.
Sanctification is the Necessary Fruit of Justification
The first implication of this text is that sanctification is the necessary fruit of justification. The one who has been justified by grace through faith in Christ alone—the one who has been declared righteous in his position before God—will grow and progress with respect to practical righteousness in his life.
This is the consistent testimony of the New Testament, and especially throughout Paul’s letters.