“Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ . . . ” (Php 1:27 KJV). What does the word “conversation” mean? It implies your entire way of living and thinking before God and before men. It is a term that is all-encompassing and means conducting yourself as citizens. It therefore, includes everything about our spiritual fellowship and daily interaction with God and others. For a Christian, it takes in the idea of us as citizens of the Celestial City, the new Jerusalem. God calls us to live, to walk and to talk as citizens of that heavenly country.
Walking In The Light
So then the meaning of the word “conversation” in our text implies walking with God in a way that is becoming of the Gospel. He has reconciled us to himself by the blood of Jesus Christ through which we received the atonement. Therefore, we have been reconciled to God. Because of this, we can walk with God in peace and equity because our sin has been taken away. We read in (Mal 2:5) “My covenant was with him of life and peace; and I gave them to him for the fear wherewith he feared me, and was afraid before my name. The law of truth was in his mouth, and iniquity was not found in his lips: he walked with me in peace and equity, and did turn many away from iniquity”. This is walking in the light as He is in the light. Our fellowship with the Father (1 John 1:3-7) is to the extent that we do this. We can then walk in liberty with God and have blessed access to the throne of grace. We experience God’s grace, goodness, and mercy in ways we hadn’t previously discovered.
A Message of Mercy
The gospel is the message of mercy. God doesn’t send the gospel to condemn us, the Scripture says “there is no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit;“. So then when we accept, embrace and experience the power of that mercy something happens. Omnipotent grace melts our hearts, dissolves our fears and removes the bondage of legalism. Only by finding access to God through Christ can we walk after the Spirit and our “conversation” be made becoming of the Gospel of Christ.