Philippians 1:27 "Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;” Conversation = to be a citizen of; in conduct, in speech, in lifestyle.
Paul encouraged the church at Philippi to live in a way that is appropriate and fitting to the gospel. Our very lifestyle should be beautified by the power of the gospel in our own life. The gospel not only saves a person, but changes a person’s way of living.
Christians must reflect their faith by the way they live. If people cannot see the gospel in action through the believer’s way of life, then others will not see a need to even think about what is proclaimed to them.
Notice what the gospel (the good news) represents:
1 Corinthians 15:3-4 “For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; vs 4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:” 1. Christ Died for our Sins
If a person believes that Christ died for their sins, then they must die to self and their old lifestyle. Ephesians 4:22 “That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;”
2. Christ Rose Again
A believer not only dies to self, but now has a new life in Christ. Ephesians 4:23-24 “And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; vs 24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.”
If you are not becoming a new person in Christ, then there is something wrong, and you must examine yourself by the Word of God.
2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
Charles Spurgeon said, “A man’s life is always more forcible than his speech. When men take stock of him they reckon his deeds as dollars and his words as pennies.” There is no substitute for a Gospel witness that is matched by a Gospel life. When we fail to live as we should, we forfeit what is meant to be a mainstay of our witnessing.”