1:30 {11} Having the same conflict which ye saw in me, and now hear [to be] in me.

(11) Now he shows for what purpose he made mention of his afflictions.

1:30 Having the same conflict which ye saw in me. You saw when I was at Philippi what I had to endure (Ac 16:19).

And now hear [to be] in me. You hear that I am now a prisoner threatened with death. You must expect similar conflicts and meet them with fortitude.

1:30 Having the same kind of conflict with your adversaries, which ye saw in me - When I was with you, Acts 16:12,19, and c.

1:27-30 Those who profess the gospel of Christ, should live as becomes those who believe gospel truths, submit to gospel laws, and depend upon gospel promises. The original word conversation denotes the conduct of citizens who seek the credit, safety, peace, and prosperity of their city. There is that in the faith of the gospel, which is worth striving for; there is much opposition, and there is need of striving. A man may sleep and go to hell; but he who would go to heaven, must look about him and be diligent. There may be oneness of heart and affection among Christians, where there is diversity of judgment about many things. Faith is God's gift on the behalf of Christ; the ability and disposition to believe are from God. And if we suffer reproach and loss for Christ, we are to reckon them a gift, and prize them accordingly. Yet salvation must not be ascribed to bodily afflictions, as though afflictions and worldly persecutions deserved it; but from God only is salvation: faith and patience are his gifts.