Good will (Phil. 1:15)

“Some indeed proclaim Christ

From envy

And rivalry,

But others from good will.”

Τινὲς μὲν καὶ διὰ φθόνον καὶ ἔριν, τινὲς δὲ καὶ δι’ εὐδοκίαν τὸν Χριστὸν κηρύσσουσιν·

Paul said, “Some (Τινὲς μὲν) indeed proclaim (κηρύσσουσιν) Christ (τὸν Χριστὸν) from envy (καὶ διὰ φθόνον) and rivalry (καὶ ἔριν), but others from good will (καὶ δι’ εὐδοκίαν).”  Only the Pauline letters used this word ἔριν, that means strife, contention, or wrangling.  Paul indicated that there was some brotherly rivalry.  Some Christian preachers were envious of Paul and felt that since he was in prison, they would be more prominent.  However, others were preaching about Jesus with good intentions.  Paul did not oppose their message, but their motives.  As long as the message of Jesus Christ was preached, he was happy.  However, Paul always had some opponents.  Do you know people who speak out of envy?

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