[Linux4christians] Philippians 2:1-18 (Tuesday)
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Mon Oct 12 22:13:16 EDT 2009
*Philippians 2:1-18 (Tuesday)*
Paul begins Chapter 2 with a rhetorical question, teasing
his readers about encouragement in Christ, comfort from
love, fellowship in the Spirit, and affection in mercy.
Paul then challenges them to live united in Christ, acting
from love, emphasizing commonality of the Holy Spirit and of
a Godly attitude, and to be of common purpose - as Jesus
instructed in His "great commandment and great commission".
Paul illustrates his point using the "attitude" of Christ
Jesus, described in vss. 2.6-10.
Paul then moves to review the context of their right-living
and the value of so-doing to a watching world.
Paul recognizes the faithfulness of the Philippians, while
he was with them, and even more-so when he was away. He
uses the expression "... continue working out your salvation
with awe and reverence" then qualifies it with "for the one
bringing forth in you both the desire and the effort - for
the sake of His good pleasure - is God." His goal is to
remind them that the value of their salvation has already
begun and that it looks like something very powerful and
practical in their day to day walk.
[Note: There is nothing in the text which justifies any
claim to works-righteousness nor of anything other than a
He continues - in order to further guide them "Do everything
without grumbling or arguing", then the righteousness
emphasis "so that you may be blameless and pure, children of
God, without blemish though you live in a crooked and
perverse society", and finally the outreach value "in which
you shine as lights in the world."
*Consider* that Paul again calls us "children of God",
affirms the security of our salvation, and confirms the Holy
Spirit as a critical unifying factor among all believers.
*Discuss* practical ways to "continue working out your
salvation with awe and reverence", "... without grumbling or
arguing", and for that to be a witness of God's love in you
(and in your fellowship) to a watching world that some
observing that may also choose Christ.
*Reflect* that "... the one bringing forth in you both the
desire and the effort - for the sake of His good pleasure -
is God." - therefore it is neither us who initiate the
positive movement toward righteous living nor is it of our
own strength that we succeed. We agree to partner with God,
not as disengaged tools but as active and energetic and
willing co-laborers with Christ through the Holy Spirit.
*Share* an example of an individual or Christian fellowship
intentionally living (albeit imperfectly) united in
Christ, acting from love, emphasizing commonality of the
Holy Spirit through a Godly attitude, and of a common
purpose as Jesus instructed in His "great commandment and
great commission". What were the fruits of that?
*Truth in Action*
Today I am choosing an area of my life where I am either not
being intentional about moving toward righteous living
(thereby not pleasing God) or have been trying to do so of
my own strength. I will ask a fellow believer to support
me, via prayers in agreement, as I address this the way that
Paul describes; partnering with God, and allowing others in
the fellowship to assist me.
*Be Specific* _______________________________________
Wednesday's text will be: Philippians 2:19-30
Have an http://Ultrafidian.com Day! Pastor David
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