Where’s your confidence? Is it in yourself or in God & the saving work He does within you?
Paul’s confidence was totally in God. His confidence was not in himself or in the Philippians to whom he wrote. Paul knew with certainty that a confidence that was not in God would be too small for the human soul.
Philippians 1:6 –
“For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus (NASB).”
“For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns (NLT).”
Paul’s confidence was bound in God’s performance in salvation & what God would do within the Philippians. In other words, he was confident in God and his abilities– Gods’ own ability to finish what He started!
Paul’s confidence in God is related to God’s saving work. Salvation is a work within a person, in that part of a person that only God can alter. God’s salvation act is carried out throughout our lives until we’re the finished product He wants.
Salvation has its inception with God and is carried out by Him for He will continue what He has started. It’s His work, not our work! Where’s your confidence placed? Can you say, “I am confident” in the Lord who “began the good work”? He’s our confidence!