Philippians 2:14-18; Joe Lechner
- Philippians 2:14 (ESV)
- Philippians 2:15 (ESV)
- Philippians 2:16 (ESV)
- Philippians 2:17 (ESV)
- Philippians 2:18 (ESV)
Philippians 2:14-18 ESV
Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. Likewise you also should be glad and rejoice with me.
For the sake of the world we obey Christ
Paul is building in how the Philippians are to interact with one another, in community.
Do all things without grumbling or questioning, as you do things for others in the household of God.
Our relationships give tangible evidence of how our relationship is with Christ.
All things deals with all the relating to living life together.
What does without grumbling or questioning entail?
Paul is addressing critical behavior that is against community building behavior.
Paul is saying behave as the children of God, unlike the children of Israel.
The children of God do not bicker with one another.
Truly awakened hearts lose interest in bickering with one another.
We cannot live in true community until we understand and know Jesus and find our absolute identity in Christ. We will be nite glad to cater for others when it hearts have been awakened to all Jesus has done. Who we see Jesus as impacts how we see v. 14.
WHY DOES ALL THIS MATTER?
FOR THE SAKE OF THE WORLD
This world is a dark place, and we are meant to be lights and reveal the truth. Many walk in darkness.
For what reason do we shine?
We shine for the sake of the world
1) Paul is alluding the OT. Assuming turns others to righteousness
2) By their holding fast to the gospel they illuminate in the darkness, the way to life.
3) By shining, others acknowledge there is a God to give glory to.
We have the life-giving message the world needs. Do our lives prove this message true? WHEN WE GRUMBLE AND QUESTION THE SALVATION OF THE WORLD IS AT STAKE!!!
The Christian is meant to shine to provide light for all the world. Paul is reminding us of eternity in 16-18.
By light, we have been lead out of the darkness.
We may not agree with one another completely, but we can agree in the Lord, showing mercy and putting off our desire to be right.
Christ is so great that no matter what happens we have all reason to rejoice.
1) Is there anyone in my life I regularly relate to and think critically of? Is there anyone I dread being around? My mother
2) Am I showing others Christ is the most glorious thing in all the universe
The people of God should be characterized as a people without grumbling or questioning against one another.
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