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Memory verse #1: Review Php 1:6 being confident of this very thing, that he which began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Jesus Christ: Memory verse #2: Php 1:21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. Paul has been talking about how pleased he is that the Philippians are abounding in Agape Love, how he is praying that the Agape Love will increase even more, and that they will gain knowledge and judgment. He then goes on to tell them not to worry about his situation, that God has used it for the spreading of His Word, even among the Pretorian guard, and among Caesar's household. Further, as a result of his example of endurance through suffering, many more have been made bold to spread the Word. He tells them not to worry about the possibility of him being killed, for that will simply lead to a better existence with God (for him to die is gain), but while he is here on this Earth, he will continue to write, support, and admonish them and he hopes to come see them again. Last time we picked up the first of his next thoughts, and that was that they continue and be of one mind. He will bring this up several times in this letter.
Php 2:1 If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, Php 2:2 Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. One of Paul’s main concerns in this letter seems to be unity. That the Philippian church be of one mind. Even though this letter is devoid of doctrinal correction, it does seem to contain a hint that there were divisions in the Philippian church. The division seems to be broken down along the lines of Jewish believers vs. Gentile believers. Most all of chapter 3 is going to deal with those in the church of Jewish descent who apparently though more highly of themselves and their beliefs compared to the gentile believers and the Word of God. When you get to chapter 4, two people are singled out that may have been the instigators of this division (Euodias and Syntyche), and Paul specifically asks them to ‘get along’ and ‘be of one mind’. (Phil 4:2) Ok, so why is this relevant to us today? What does a difference of opinion in the Philippian church have to do with us today? Paul is going to indicate that the ‘oneness’ of the Christian body is to be a witness for the world. Joh 17:20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; Joh 17:21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. Do you think the world today is impressed with God because of the ‘oneness’ of his followers? How about just in our community? Baptist, Assembly of God, Catholic, Mormon,
Php 2:3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Php 2:4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. ASV/RSV: “faction or vainglory” NIV: “selfish ambition or vain conceit” Greek: “erithiah” and “kenodoxeeah”, which mean “political intrigue” and “self conceit” In all cases of political intrigue, what is at the root of it? PRIDE! Someone maneuvering things to get “their” way instead of the way that has been adopted. What we are talking about here is Agape Love! - Koinonia Koinonia: Fellowship; A close mutual relationship; Participation; Partnership; Communion; Sharing something together; Fiduciary, Paracletus (one who comes alongside) Is pride compatible with Agape Love? No! They are opposites! “My way” vs. “helping someone else do it ‘their’ way” The Greek literally says “let ‘not even one thing’ be done” So, what is the big deal about Agape Love? Why is this Agape Love important?
Romans 5:3-5a Jas 1:2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into various trials; Jas 1:3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. Rom 5:3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; Rom 5:4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope: Rom 5:5 And hope maketh not ashamed (disappointed) Heb 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. FAITH and HOPE : The foundations of our spiritual growth; faith is the foundation, hope the object 2Pe 1:5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; 2Pe 1:6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; 2Pe 1:7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. 2 Peter 1:5-7 Faith: what builds faith are (trials patience trustworthiness hope) └ virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness, Agape Love Your level of Agape Love shows your level of spiritual maturity. Joh 13:34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love (agape) one another; as I have loved (agape) you, that ye also love (agape) one another. Joh 13:35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love (agape) one to another.
Characteristics of Love (Agape Love) I Corinthians 13 Love is patientLove plots/schemes no evil Love is kindLove does not delight in any evil Love is never jealous or enviousLove delights in Truth Love does not bragLove bears all things Love has no pride in itLove believes all things Love behaves properlyLove hopes all things Love does not seek ‘self’Love endures all things Love reigns in (or controls) a strong temperLove NEVER fails! Consider the “one another” statements in the New Testament: Wash one another’s feet – John 13:14 Prefer one another – Rom 12:10 Be of the same mind one to another – Rom 12:16 Do not judge one another – Rom 14:13 Receive one another – Rom 15:7 Admonish one another – Rom 15:14 Edify [build up] one another – 1 Thess 5:11 Bear one another’s burdens – Gal 6:2 Confess your faults to one another – James 5:16 Use hospitality one to another – 1 Peter 4:9 …and a dozen others…
Php 2:3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Php 2:4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. That’s the ‘oneness’ that Paul is talking about, the same total commitment that Jesus had for us. Php 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Php 2:6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: Greek: “harpagmos” = “to be seized upon, set grasp for, to obtain too” So, Jesus thought it wasn’t something to be striving to obtain? What was the temptation that Satan used with Eve in the garden, the same one he successfully still uses with all Hindus, Buddhists, and Mormons? What was Satan’s ambition? You reading assignment from last time was Galatians 6:2 (bearing burdens for one another), Romans 12:10 (be kind one to another, preferring one another), Matthew 25:31-46 (judgment of the nations based upon treatment of His brethren) compare that to the world that is following Satan’s example, Isaiah 14:12-18 Isa 14:12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! Isa 14:13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: Isa 14:14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Allah: “to be contrary”, “opposite”, “different in a negative sense”
Php 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Php 2:6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: Php 2:7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: Php 2:8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Jesus is our example of Agape Love. He was so committed to our salvation and loved us so much that he gave up his deity to become a man. Once man, he couldn’t pick back up his Godhood or he wouldn’t be man anymore and it would blow the requirements, so he accepted that position, and remained obedient all the way to the cross – death. Php 2:9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: Php 2:10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; Php 2:11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Memory verse #3: Php 2:10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; Php 2:11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Where is Hades? Rev 5:2 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? Rev 5:3 And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon. Rev 5:4 And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.
Php 2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. “wherefore” ties this verse as the conclusion to the previous thought. What was the previous thought? Is he talking about “works” in order to gain salvation? Of course not!! He is assuming the people he is talking to are already saved. Then what are the “works” he is talking about? Working for one another, setting their needs above your own, and how Jesus didn’t think it was something to be strived for to be above everyone else. If this type of commitment is the end result of your spiritual growth, then he is saying to work on developing that part of your spiritual being! “Work out” as in build out something you already have! 2Pe 1:5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; 2Pe 1:6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; 2Pe 1:7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. Faith: what builds faith are (trials patience trustworthiness hope) └ virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness, Agape Love It is a conscious choice on your behalf to do these things, and when you choose God’s way of doing things, He will then give you the strength, encouragement, and ability to do those things in accordance to his will. But you have to choose God’s way FIRST! Php 2:13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. There are a lot of people that sit around thinking ‘Ok, God, should I do X or Y?’ God has already told you in his word to do ‘X or Y’, get off your duff and start doing it!!
Eph 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Eph 2:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. Eph 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. Php 2:14 Do all things without murmurings and disputings: Php 2:15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; How do you gain experience or expertise in something? By doing! We are to be in complete submission to God: - doing all things without complaining or arguing - our life is to be blameless before other people - our life is to be blameless before God also We are to be like Daniel. He lived in the midst of the fountainhead of ungodliness, Babylon. He didn’t hide in a corner: he lived in the king’s palace and became his key advisor. His enemies tried to find fault with him, but they couldn’t! Dan 6:5 Then said these men, We shall not find any occasion against this Daniel, except we find it against him concerning the law of his God. Gal 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
Paul is now going to use three examples of what he is talking about: Himself, Timothy, and Epaphroditus Php 2:16 Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain. Php 2:17 Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all. Php 2:18 For the same cause also do ye joy, and rejoice with me. Paul is saying “If I am killed while here in Rome for the faith, I will rejoice and be with God, and all of you should rejoice with me; in fact why wait?? Rejoice with me now!” Paul didn’t care anything about whether he died or not, only about their well-being, and what was being done for Christ. Can we say that? Does the cause of our church rank that high in our lives? Php 2:19 But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timotheus shortly unto you, that I also may be of good comfort, when I know your state. Php 2:20 For I have no man likeminded, who will naturally care for your state. Php 2:21 For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ's. Php 2:22 But ye know the proof of him, that, as a son with the father, he hath served with me in the gospel. Php 2:23 Him therefore I hope to send presently, so soon as I shall see how it will go with me. Php 2:24 But I trust in the Lord that I also myself shall come shortly. We learn four things about Timothy: - Paul had “no one else like him.” In many ways, he was like Paul. - Timothy was concerned for others; sincerely. - Timothy put Jesus Christ first in his life. - Timothy learned to work with others; he had developed a skill of cooperation. Does that sound like our youth today??
“Our youth now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority, disrespect for older people. Children nowadays are tyrants. They no longer rise when their elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble their food, and tyrannize their teachers.” Socrates, 500 B.C. Php 2:25 Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, and companion in labour, and fellowsoldier, but your messenger, and he that ministered to my wants. Despite financial and numerical “success,” the churches in America have increasingly become identified with the popular culture and so have become unable to speak prophetically to it. In an attempt to appeal to today’s popular culture, they have become no different than the culture around them. It has become complacent and lost its intellectual and cultural dynamic. Php 2:26 For he longed after you all, and was full of heaviness, because that ye had heard that he had been sick. Php 2:27 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. Php 2:28 I sent him therefore the more carefully, that, when ye see him again, ye may rejoice, and that I may be the less sorrowful. Php 2:29 Receive him therefore in the Lord with all gladness; and hold such in reputation: Php 2:30 Because for the work of Christ he was nigh unto death, not regarding his life, to supply your lack of service toward me. Rom 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Someone asked Mahatma Gandhi, “What is the biggest barrier to Christianity in India?” He had a one word reply: “Christians” The world sees our conduct! Our conduct as Christians is a result of our giving ourselves over to God moment by moment, choosing to live our life through Him. Christianity is NOT a spectator sport. Gal 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. Or we can instead chose instead to live our life for us, helping others when it is convenient, or going to church when there is nothing else on our agenda to do or to watch on TV. Gal 6:8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
The Three Examples: Paul:Dedicated, committed to living Christ, committed to others over himself Timothy:Dedicated, of like mind, committed to others over himself Epaphraditus:Dedicated, of like mind, committed to others to the point of death Do you see a pattern?? A big bowl of Koinonia, with a heaping topping of Agape Love!! Now the disturbing part… When you go home tonight, look in the mirror… If what you see matches, praise God. If not, pray to God!! God First, Others Second, I’m Third!
Mat 18:23 Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants. Mat 18:24 And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents. Mat 18:25 But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. Mat 18:26 The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. Mat 18:27 Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt. Mat 18:28 But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest. Mat 18:29 And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. Mat 18:30 And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt. Mat 18:31 So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done. Mat 18:32 Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: Mat 18:33 Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee? Mat 18:34 And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. Mat 18:35 So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.
Mat 6:9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Mat 6:10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Mat 6:11 Give us this day our daily bread. Mat 6:12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. Mat 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. Mat 6:14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: Mat 6:15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Forgiveness is a pre-requisite condition to Agape Love! 1Pe 3:8 Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: 1Pe 3:9 Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing. Jas 1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. Jas 1:23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: Jas 1:24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. Jas 1:25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. Jas 1:26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain. Jas 1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
Php 3:1 Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not grievous, but for you it is safe. Php 3:2 Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision. Php 3:3 For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh. New Subject: Confidence in the flesh Psa 118:8 It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. Psa 118:9 It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes. Memory verse #3: Php 2:10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; Php 2:11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. “The third chapter of Philippians is probably the most beloved chapter of Paul’s letter. It lays out some of the most cardinal doctrines of the Christian life. It also unveils, in stirring language, Paul’s own key personal goal: to know and serve the Lord Jesus. His key challenge is to be joyful!” Verses 1-11: Paul’s Past. Paul, the Accountant. “I count.” New values. Verses 12-16: Paul’s Present. Paul, the Athlete “I press” New vigor. Verses 17-21: Paul’s Future. Paul, the Alien. “I look” New vision.