“From the First Day… Until the Day”
“For your fellowship in the gospel FROM THE FIRST DAY UNTIL now; being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it UNTIL THE DAY of Jesus Christ.” —Philippians 1:5-6
Last night our Associate Pastor preached an excellent sermon from this text. The word “until” occurs twice—“UNTIL now” and “UNTIL the day of Jesus Christ.” The word “day” also occurs twice. Paul is talking about something that is happening between these two days. What goes on between “until NOW” and “until the DAY of Jesus Christ?”
The first “until” refers to a “fellowship in the gospel” that started on “the first day” of a person’s salvation. I remember that “day” very well—The day I got saved! What a wonderful day! And what a blessed fellowship I’ve enjoyed.
It was on this “first day” when I got saved that God began “a good work” in my life. That “good work” is still being performed. God is still working in me and His work will not be complete “UNTIL the day of Jesus Christ”—That is the day when He comes to take me home!
But it started with “the first day.” If there has been never been a “first day” in your life there is no “good work” being performed in your life. And there will be no “day of Jesus Christ” for you either.
Can you remember a “first day” when you know you got saved? If not, why not make TODAY “the first day” of your salvation (2 Cor. 6:2). Receive the Lord Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior (John 1:12). At that point God will begin “a good work in you” until that wonderful day when He comes to take you to heaven!