Philippians 4:1 The Motivation of the Believer

Philippians 4:1 (KJV)
Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.

The word, “therefore” always draws us back to a previous doctrine. In this verse that doctrine supports the reason we ought to stand fast in the Lord.

Philippians 3:20-21
For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:
Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.

Here is the truth that is meant to be the motivation for all Christian behavior, our heavenly promises. Frankly if a person is not willing to live for them he has no rightful claim to faith at all.

Stand fast in the Lord today because of His promises for you then.

 

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Philippians 3:3 True Israel

Philippians 3:3 (KJV)
For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.

True Israel is those who:

  • Walk by faith as Abraham, are
  • Born of a promise as Isaac and
  • Rejoice in Christ as Paul

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Philippians 2:27 The Preacher’s Lot

Philippians 2:27 (KJV)
For indeed he was sick nigh unto death: but God had mercy on him; and not on him only, but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow.

Sorrow upon sorrow.

The book of Philippians is one of the most positive things Paul wrote; maybe the most positive. Yet even in this book he admits he had sorrow and that, had Epaphroditus died, the sorrow added to his sorrow may have been more than he could bear.

Here is the lot of the Biblical preacher. He bears a burden that is overwhelming, except Christ sustain him. Spurgeon once wrote, “Depression is the lot of the preacher. God will not share His glory.” The preacher wisely seldom reveals his heartache. He lives above the burden only through Christ lifting him over it. But it is there.

  • His weakness
  • His inability to win the souls of all he would like
  • His heartbreak over the backslider
  • His sense of failure that his message was not sufficient to minister to one or another in the congregation

These things weight on him.

But God has mercy. The burden is never so much he cannot continue. Only enough that he must rest in Jesus to carry on.

 

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Philippians 1:12 The Best Way To Avoid Bitterness

Philippians 1:12 (KJV)
But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel;

Every preacher could use some friends like those Paul had in Philippi. He likely never saw their faces again (though he did pray it would happen). But the memory of them stirred his soul with joy until the very end of his life.

Turning from the subject of his love and appreciation for them, Paul addresses his imprisonment. He was concerned that they understood he was not concerned. This was to the glory of God.

The healthiest view any of us can have in a time of struggle is the view that God’s plan is to turn it for good. Paul even knew that some were mocking and spiting him. It made no matter to him. He held no grudge because God’s Word was still preached.

The best way to avoid bitterness, defeat and depression and stay victorious in your Christian life is to trust that, in whatever circumstance, God is working out His glory.

 

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Philippians 4:2 No Reason To Be At Odds

Philippians 4:2 (KJV)
I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord.

Verse two serves to demonstrate the cohesion of the entire book of Philippians and reminds us not to read passages of the Bible in a fashion that isolates any passage from the whole. This verse draws is back to Philippians 2:5

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.

It is as if the Word of God had been addressing the manner of, and reasons for letting the mind of Christ be in us when, after fully covering the subject, a direct appeal to two persons specifically is made.

In what is the nearest hint at a problem in the church at Philippi, two members of the church Euodias and Syntyche are called out and implored to “be of the same mind in the Lord.

  • It may have been a problem those two struggled with.
  • It is more so a problem people struggle with today.

But we have ample and good reasons to be of the same mind. We have examples and we have the help of the Holy Spirit.

There is no reason for members of the same church to be at odds in issues of faith and practice.

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Philippians 3:3 The True Circumcision

Philippians 3:3 (KJV)
For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.

The Word of God makes this very clear distinction between those who are the circumcision (the separated and belonging to God) and those who are not.

  • The one places confidence in the flesh, the human ability to perform
  • The other does not.

There are at least three areas where the wisest of souls understand they must not put confidence in the flesh:

In the area of salvation
This is the primary subject of the text. The Jews believed they were the people of God because of their own deeds. Circumcision itself was an act of the flesh. How ironic that they trusted the flesh through the act of cutting away that flesh.

Salvation is never earned by some fleshly act, even a well-intentioned and sacrificial one. It is only accomplished by faith in the work of Christ and the promise of God.

In the area of accountability
The Christian, who is discerning, learns early that he is incapable to make right choices and sound spiritual decisions on his own.

  • He needs the Holy Spirit.
  • He needs the Word of God.
  • He needs his church to provoke and push him in the right way.

In the area of their children
As they grow, we want to trust our children. Love for them often blinds us to the weaknesses of their flesh and a degree, I think, of laziness lulls us too often to put misplace confidence in them.

Godly parents work hard at:

  • Watching their children,
  • Supervising their activities and
  • Guiding their relationships

when done early, consistently and lovingly children appreciate this guidance.

Those cut away from this world and dedicated to the Lord put no confidence in the flesh but lean on the Spirit and those gifts God has given to lead us in the godly walk.

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Philippians 1:17 Defending the Gospel

Philippians 1:17 (KJV)
But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defence of the gospel.

Paul, the Bible says, was “set for the defense” of the gospel.  There were at least three ways I know he defended the gospel:

In his preaching of it
When Paul got saved he immediately dedicated his life to tell others about the gospel.  The most powerful means of witnessing is to passionately tell your own story of what the gospel means to you.

In his suffering for it
The Word set means “appointed.” It come from a term that means “to lie outstretched.” It is the idea of being totally exposed and vulnerable. Sacrifice everything for the gospel.

In his death because of it
Paul believed he might be released from his prison cell but even if he wasn’t, and we know he wasn’t, in giving his life He defended the truth of the gospel as surely as the soldier who dies on the field did not do in vain. His death defended his country.

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Philippians 3:8-9 Blending Righteousnesses

Philippians 3:8-9 (KJV)
Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,
And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:

If there was ever a man whose life, previous to salvation, would have been called righteous, it was the man we now call Paul, the penman of this epistle. Paul’s own testimony was that if anyone could be confident in the work of the flesh, he could have been more. But then he goes on to say that he counted all of that as loss. He didn’t want to have confidence in himself but only in the righteousness of Jesus Christ.

Many these days miss this point. They attempt a blending of personal righteousness with Christ’s righteousness. The Bible teaches us here that no such blend is possible. It is the righteousness of Christ that saves or there is no salvation at all. Good works for the Christian is not an effort to win the favor of God but a product of the life of Christ in us.

The question may then be asked, what motivates our good works?

  • If it is an attempt to make God happy and win His favor then it is a sure sign of no salvation.
  • If it is an awareness of Christ in you and the desire to let Him live through you, then you can be sure of true salvation.

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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 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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