INTRODUCTION TO OUR SERIES:
Background to Philippians…
The Apostle Paul wrote the epistle (personal letter) (1:1) to the Philippian church, probably during his imprisonment in Rome. The letter was written from a heart of love and concern for the Philippians. Due to Paul’s imprisonment, he could not personally visit with the church so he sent this letter with Timothy to encourage them and bring back news of their condition to Paul. (2:19).
Some of the main divisions of the book include:
1. Introduction to the book: 1:1-2
2. Paul’s thankfulness for the Philippians: 1:3-11
3. News of Paul’s imprisonment and dedication: 1:12-26
4. Following Christ’s example is our duty: 1:27-2:18
5. Paul’s representatives and the need to treat them kindly: 2:19-30
6. Paul’s example of living a joyous life: 3:1-11
7. The Christian’s heavenly calling: 3:12-21
8. The need for Godly living: 4:1-9
9. The love offerings of the Philippians: 4:10-20
10. Closing to the book of Philippians: 4:21-23
Phil 3:15-16 – “Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you. Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.”
Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded:
For those who are perfect (spiritually mature with no great spiritual weaknesses), share in this same motivation as Paul… desiring a closer walk with Christ, possessing a holy self-sacrificial living and being confident of the great eternity awaiting us in Christ (vs 11-14).
1Co 14:20 – “Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men.”
and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.
As God’s people, if we do not have a burdened heart for holy living and a sacrificial walk for Christ, He will give us this desire. The Lord wants all of His people to possess these wonderful desires for His service.
Pro 3:5-6 – “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.”
No matter what level of spirituality we have attained, no matter what Godly desires we possess, we are to live according to the Godly desires we have been given. As we are faithful to the desires we possess, the Lord will bless us with a closer walk with Him and will grace us with a more perfect set of desires.
During this growth process we are to always be faithful with the desires we possess and continue to mature in our Christian walk.
The great lesson to be learned in this text may be simple, and yet it is very important indeed.
We are to be faithful to our Lord no matter what level of spirituality we have attained. As we are faithful with the knowledge, desires and abilities that we possess, He will bless us with continued spiritual growth and eternal blessings.
Luk 16:10 – “He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.”
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