…so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ (Phil. 1:10)
The phraseology ‘day of Christ’ is unique to Paul. Interestingly, we have this phrase mentioned thrice in the book of Philippians.
- 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 (1:6)
- And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ (1: 9,10)
- Holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labour in vain (2:16)
Christ’s return is a Reality
‘The day of Christ’ is simply a reference to Jesus’ return. Jesus’ glorious return is a reality. His return is our assurance and eternal hope.
A final Finish Line
For Paul, ‘the day of Christ’ is the finish line. And so, we are called to be ‘pure and blameless’ till the day of Christ (1:10), when the work of transformation will finally be complete (1:6).
A Completion of Faith
The ‘day of Christ’ is also a celebration of the completion of faith with the enablement of God – the author and finisher of our faith. God will finish what he started. You will get your reward – the crown of righteousness ( 2 Tim 4:8).
A Proud Celebratory Moment
Paul also tells the Church in Philippi that the day of Christ will be a proud celebratory moment for him because it will show that all his hard work wasn’t for nothing.
You can take pleasure in seeing faithful individuals cross the finish line. Yes, the day (of Christ) will bring to light the quality of each person’s work (1 Cor. 3:13).
Jesus’ glorious return is a reality. We can look forward to the celebration with hope and assurance!
Ready for your Aha Moment? 1) Do I eagerly look forward to the day of Christ? 2) Do I find hope and assurance? 3) Would it be a moment of pride and joy when the quality of my work for the lord is brought to light?