Two Types of Good

In the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Philippians he leaves us with a neat little word that speaks volumes of encouragement to believers.

“I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you complete it until the day of Jesus Christ…” Philippians 1:3-6 NKJV. completion

Good, agathos, Strong’s # 18. Good in a physical and moral sense, and which produces benefits. The word is used of persons, things acts, conditions, and so on. A synonym of agathos is kalos (Strong’s#2570), a descriptive word expressing that which is beautiful, pleasing, acceptable, excellent, serviceable, attractive, honest (Matt.13:48).

Paul is confident that the Philippians will maintain their fruitful activity until Christ returns. Paul’s belief is not based on the Philippians faithfulness, but on God’s purpose and faithfulness until Christ returns.

 

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