Kenneth S. Wuest
in prison in Rome, writing to his beloved Philippians. He is
assuring them that the circumstances in which he finds
himself, are contributing to, rather than Hindering, the
advance of the gospel. He says in Philippians 1:12 that the
things that have happened to him have fallen out rather to
the furtherance of the gospel. The word "furtherance" is
from a Greek word...used in the 1st century to refer to a
company of wood cutters preceding the progress of an army,
cutting a road through the forest so that it might advance.
Paul says that his circumstances are divine wood cutters,
cutting a way through the opposition so that the gospel
might be advanced.
His liberty was gone. He was chained to a Roman soldier
night and day. God had built a fence around the apostle. He
had put limitations about him. He had placed handicaps upon
him. But Paul says that they are God's wood cutters making a
road for the advancement of the gospel."
Wuest, "Word Studies In The Greek New Testament" Volume
3, (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans 1979) pp. 102-103