- a. Yes. b. Because they were
active in the faith and the gospel since the first day Paul brought the
word to them.
- a. Paul wanted them to grow
in knowledge and discernment of the things that are approved by God. b.
They would be able to discern the good and righteous and avoid sin. c.
Sincere and without blame they could become filled with the fruits of
- a. Some were preaching the
gospel with good intentions and some out of selfish ambition and to add
strife to Paul's imprisonment. b. In any case, Christ was being preached.
- Paul knew that to remain in
the flesh he could help the people progress in their faith.
- Our conduct must be worthy of
the gospel of Christ. We must live by His teachings and remove ourselves
from sinful things.
- By having the same conduct
and spirit and avoiding dissensions and contentions we show our unity and
understanding of the gospel.
- By not fearing our
adversaries and being unified in mind and spirit we emphasize their
destruction and our salvation.
- We can expect persecutions
for the gospel's sake.
- a. We should think how to
serve others. b. Jesus chose to be a servant to others.
- a. He did not exalt Himself
or seek honor even though He was the son of God with the power of God. b.
By humbling Himself and being obedient totally to God He chose to live as
a man and to teach others about God and salvation.
- We will be exalted by God as
- a. In fear and trembling
(this means “scared to death”) we should observe our walk for
salvation. b. There is an important interest at risk – the salvation
of our souls. God is in us for His purpose and will. If we do not heed Him
we may jeopardize the salvation of our souls.
- a. We should be a light to
the world, filled with righteousness. b. By being a living example of
righteousness non-believers can be influenced and possibly converted
becoming "lights" themselves. c. By following steadfastly the
word of life (the teachings of Christ and the will of God through the
- You will be ineffective as a
servant of God. Also, holding fast is working out your salvation with fear
and trembling. The word brought to you may have been in vain if you do not
endure and persevere to the end.
- a. He was an educated
religious authority - a Pharisee. b. It was worthless compared to knowing
Christ and having salvation
- Our justification before God.
Our sins are covered by Jesus.
- a. Our knowledge, hope, fellowship
and conformity to Christ grows during our walk in
Christ. b. No, Paul tossed aside his past and credentials and was reaching
forward to the things in Christ. c. He needed to press on against sin,
persecution, and suffering and keep maturing and growing in faith, hope,
fellowship, service, and conformity to Christ.
- a. The upward call of God -
the rapture and resurrection. b. Paul felt he had not obtained the
resurrection yet but needed to press on doing the things he was called to
do while perfecting his own walk too.
- a. They should understand the
importance of pursuing and striving for the prize of salvation. b. God
will reveal to them the error of their thinking and fully disclose the
divine faith and the importance of making an effort for salvation. c. We
should follow the example of those who are mature. Also, we should
acquaint ourselves to Spirit's voice and the word of God and let both
guide us. c. We will be blameless before God on Judgement
Day and have eternal life.
- We must walk by what we do know
now as righteous and good.
- a. If we stand fast in the
Lord we will be glorified with a new body. b. We must press on in our
faith and service to the Lord. We must strive against sin and heed the
voice of the Spirit.
- We should be anxious for
nothing. God will supply us with what we need and bless us with other
things as He approves.
- Think of pure, lovely, good,
just, and praise-worthy things. This will help keep our hearts at peace.
- We should be content in
whatever state God has allowed us to be in.
- In whatever state we find
ourselves God will give us the strength to be content or enable us to
endure all circumstances or situations.
- The gifts helped him to do
his work, to bring more people to Christ, and strengthened others in the
- He will supply all our needs.
He will enable us to have what we need in order to help others.