Interviewer: Thank you for joining us today. We have the honor of interviewing the author of Philippians 1:6. Can you please introduce yourself?
Author: Thank you for having me. My name is Paul, and I am known as the author of several epistles in the New Testament, including the letter to the Philippians.
Interviewer: Paul, it’s wonderful to have you with us. Turning to Philippians 1:6, you wrote, “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” What inspired you to share these words?
Paul: Throughout my ministry, I witnessed the transformative power of Christ in the lives of believers. I wanted to encourage the Philippians, and all believers, to have confidence in God’s faithfulness and remind them that the work He begins in them will be brought to completion.
Interviewer: That’s a powerful message, Paul. Can you share the context in which you wrote this verse?
Paul: Certainly. At the time, I was writing this letter while imprisoned in Rome. Despite my own difficulties, I desired to uplift and reassure the Philippians in their faith. I wanted to emphasize that their relationship with Christ was not a temporary or uncertain endeavor, but rather a lifelong journey that God Himself initiates, sustains, and perfects.
Interviewer: It sounds like you wanted to instill hope and confidence in the Philippians. How did this verse relate to their specific situation?
Paul: The church in Philippi faced various challenges and struggles. They were dealing with internal divisions, external opposition, and the temptation to compromise their faith. By reminding them that God is the one who began their transformative journey, I sought to encourage them to trust in His faithfulness and continue pressing forward in their faith, even amidst difficulties.
Interviewer: That’s truly inspiring, Paul. So, when you stated that God would bring the good work to completion, what did you want the Philippians to understand?
Paul: I wanted the Philippians, and all believers, to understand that our salvation and growth in Christ is not a mere human effort, but a divine process. God’s work within us is ongoing and will be perfected when Christ returns. Despite the challenges and struggles we face, we can have assurance that God will fulfill His promises and complete the transforming work He has initiated in our lives.
Interviewer: That’s a beautiful message of hope and trust in God’s faithfulness. As we conclude this interview, Paul, is there anything else you would like to add?
Paul: Yes, I would like to emphasize that this verse is a source of great encouragement and motivation for believers throughout history, including today. God’s work within us encompasses not only our salvation but also our growth, sanctification, and ultimately our glorification in Christ. Let us hold fast to this truth, find strength in it, and confidently walk in the path God has set before us, knowing that He will bring His work to completion.