Philippians 2:1-2 Consolation, Comfort, Fellowship and Mercy

Philippians 2:1-2 (KJV)
If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,
Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.

 

The church in Philippi must have been a remarkable one. Paul’s love for them and they for him radiates through every chapter of the epistle. Still Paul begins this second chapter with an “if”.

I think there are some questions here any Christian would be wise to ask of themselves:

Is there any consolation in Christ?
The question is if they possess the heart and desire to be consoled by Christ and to console others as an instrument of Christ. Do we possess such a heart that God’s Word, His Son and the ministry of His church can bless us? If we are sufficiently blessed then we will believe the same can bless another.

Is there any comfort of love?
Does God’s love for you provide comfort to your soul? Is there joy and happiness that springs from such thoughts as “For God so loved…”?

Is there any fellowship of the Spirit?
The true test of genuine salvation is that the Holy Spirit witnesses to our spirit that we are the children of God. Do we possess such a fellow spirit to Spirit?

Is there any bowels and mercies?

  • Do we have tender and earnest love for our fellow saints, especially those in our church? Do we own them as brothers and sisters?
  • Do we care for them as we would care for our own sons and daughters and as we would our own mothers and fathers?

These questions reflect the deepest changes that happen in the Christian. What follows in the chapter are the results of such changes. If these are true then it is nothing for the preacher to ask that the other be true also.

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Philippians 2:1-2 Consolation, Comfort, Fellowship and Mercy

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Philippians 1:1 The New Testament Church

Philippians 1:1 (KJV)
Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons:

That Paul writes this letter to the local church in Philippi it is evident by the three groups he refers to:

  • Saints
  • Bishops and
  • Deacons

These are the three groups that make up a local church:

The saints
These are the saved and baptized members of the local church. In the Bible, the term Saint is used to speak of the saved. There is no special class of Christians as the Catholic Church maintains. There are only those who are saved, called to be saints or separated to God.

The bishops
Which is one of the titles for the pastor. Bishops, elders and pastors (or shepherds) are the three Biblical titles for the pastor. The titles denote the responsibilities of the pastor to lead, feed and be an example to the flock. A church can only have one head. The plurality of bishops does not speak of shared authority as much as shared duties. The pastor may appoint others to pastor under him:

  • To lighten the burden
  • To train up future pastors and
  • To provide for the church’s care in case of his demise or removal for other causes

The deacons
These have the role of “waiting tables” or serving the church in more material or physical ways. They are to be spiritual people, wise and with a good reputation among the saints.

Paul will later refer to this church at Philippi but we know that it is a church simply by its components.

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Ephesians 6:24 Do You Love the Lord?

Ephesians 6:24 (KJV)
Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen. To the Ephesians written from Rome, by Tychicus.

What an interesting way to close this letter to the Ephesians. Albert Barnes says there could not have been a more appropriate way to close it.

The Word of God wishes grace upon those who not only claim to love Jesus but who love our Lord Jesus Christ with sincerity.

Two thousand years ago, just as today, there were those whose claim to love Christ was not

  • Sincere
  • Genuine and
  • From the heart

For whatever reason there has always been those who have another motive for their professed faith in Christ. They have a love that is

  • Feigned
  • Unreal and
  • Insincere

The importance of this is that the promise of grace from God only extends to those with sincere love for our Lord Jesus Christ.

It therefore behooves us to examine ourselves to be sure of that sincerity.

 

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Ephesians 3:4 Read it and Re-read It

Ephesians 3:4 (KJV)
Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)

The way to understand the mysteries of God is through reading God’s Word.

Paul had spoken already in this letter of the marvelous truths that are impossible to comprehend without the help of the Holy Spirit

  • How those who are dead in sin are quickened by the Spirit
  • How we are not saved by good works but to good works
  • How the prince of the power of the air induces disobedience but Christ creates newness of life
  • How through salvation a new body is formed made of Jews and Gentiles and called a church

The way to get hold of the truths of God is through reading, re-reading and consistent instruction in God’s Word. It is this Word we must have. When we read it, we understand.

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Ephesians 2:2-3 Not To Be Trusted

Ephesians 2:2-3 (KJV)
Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

Paul, Jew by birth, writing to a church made up of both Jews and Gentiles, said we all had our conversation among the children of disobedience and under the influence of the spirit of the prince of the power of the air.

It is foolish of any of us to believe that an unsaved person is influenced by anything but that spirit.

  • People we love
  • Politicians we vote for
  • Personalities who are popular

Every one of them, if they are not washed through the blood of Christ, are children of disobedience and behave the way the prince of the power of the air leads them. They are not to be trusted.

Even believers wrestle with their old nature and sometimes fall in defeat. For the children of disobedience, there is no choice but to fall. Their character is always subject to that spirit of the devil.

 

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Ephesians 1:3 Not All Appreciate Them

Ephesians 1:3 (KJV)
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

The Word of God says our blessings are:

  • Spiritual and
  • In heavenly places

We err to our hurt when we think, expect or seek from God blessings that are temporal and earthly. The blessings God gives are rich and administered to us through the wisdom and prudence of God. They are blessings such as:

  • Holiness before Him
  • Adoption as His children
  • Forgiveness of sins
  • An expectation of heaven
  • An inheritance awaiting us

The blessings that belong to the Christian are abundant and sweet. They are greater than we could have ever hoped. But they are spiritual and heavenly so only the spiritually minded Christian can appreciate them.

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Galatians 6:16 True Israel

Galatians 6:16 (KJV)
And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.

The Book of Galatians not only speaks of the flesh and the Spirit but also of an Israel after the flesh and an Israel of God. Gill says of the Israel of God, “Israel his elect; who are redeemed by him, out of every kindred, tongue, people, and nation; who are called by his grace, and are styled Israel his called”

There is an Israel who is not Israel at all. They have

  • the blood of the Jews and
  • the traditions of the Jews but not
  • the heart of the Jews

because their heart is not after God.

Then there is an Israel who is true though not Israel after the flesh.

  • They do not possess the blood of the Jews.
  • They do not keep the traditions of the Jews

but they are Israel indeed because they possess a heart after God’s own heart.

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Galatians 5:5 Eternal Failure

Galatians 5:5 (KJV)
For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.

The thrust of the whole book of Galatians is to contrast the flesh and the Spirit and to once and for all decimate any notion of earning true righteousness through fleshly obedience to the law.

The flesh attempts to work out righteousness. Those involved come to see themselves as righteous based upon their success in that obedience. The more they obey, the more righteous they see themselves. Thus they are prone to self-righteous pride and a judgmental heart towards those who have not attained their level of obedience. They see themselves as righteous and refuse to see their own unrighteousness.

Believers on the other hand have a hope. They know they are not righteous therefore they have no reason to judge others. By faith they wait for that hope for righteousness to be finally fulfilled by God.

Believers obey but they do so for different reasons than those who walk in the flesh. They obey from the position of hope. The flesh obeys from the position of work.

  • The one obeys because of the promise of God the other obeys because of the power of the flesh.
  • The one has a Biblical expectation of fulfillment; the other faces the shattered reality of eternal failure.

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Galatians 4:30 Cast It Away

Galatians 4:30 (KJV)
Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.

What picture the wives of Abraham serve there can be no doubt. The word of God clearly teaches the women are the two covenants and that Hagar (Agar) answers to Mount Sinai, The Mosaic Law.

The free woman was first
Which is also the clear teaching of the Bible. Grace came first. The Law was second.

The free woman produces through promise
It is not by works but by faith in the promises of God that righteousness springs

Notice that we are to cast out the bond woman And her son.

  • We are not to embrace them as the original and truest way.
  • We are not to make a room for them so they are welcome to stay
  • We are not to defend them as members of the same faith
  • We are to utterly cast them away.

This all speaks of the Judaizers of Paul’s day, the modern Messianic movement. It is an offense to the gospel of Christ to present Messianic Judaism as anything less than a false doctrine. It is as reprehensible as any non-Christian cult. It is an error that condemns souls forever to hell. Cast it away! Call on believers of all nations to unite with the New Testament House of God, which is a local, visible Baptist Church.

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Galatians 2:14 Peter Lived Like a Gentile

Galatians 2:14 (KJV)
But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said unto Peter before them all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews?

Paul clearly affirmed that, though Peter was a Jew and the apostle to the circumcision, he lived after the manner of the Gentiles. The writers say this is in regards to eating with Gentiles and eating meat that Jews were commanded not to eat. I suggest that this would also include other burdens placed upon the Jews by the religious leaders.

Though Peter, Barnabas and some others had a “relapse” that Paul boldly confronted, the truth is still plain enough; these early believers, though Jews by blood, lived as do Gentiles and not Jews.

The modern Messianic Jews are wrong.

  • They are the new Judaizers and not the remnant of what real Christianity looks like.
  • They are the followers of the heretics Paul, Peter, John and Jude all preached against.

They are not the ones who can bring us back to first century Christianity. They are the ones who attempt to remove unsuspecting souls from the faith.

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