In 1981, a Minnesota radio station reported a story about a stolen car in California. Police were staging an intense search for the vehicle and the driver, even to the point of placing announcements on local radio stations to help catch the thief. On the front seat of the s … More
In chapter one we learned that circumstances can rob us of our joy. In chapter two Paul showed us how people can also rob us of our joy. Now in chapter three he shows us how we need to be careful as things will also rob us of our joy (v. 7). It is very easy for us to get wrapped up in “things.” Tangible things are not in themselves wrong. In fact God made things, and the Bible declares that these things are good (Gen. 1:31). He even “giveth us richly all things to enjoy (I Tim. 6:17). On the other hand Jesus warns us that our life doesn’t consist in the abundance of what we have (Lk. 12:15).
Paul tells the people to be glad they belong to the Lord (v. 1). He also instructs them to watch out for those who act like dogs (v. 2). He gives three characteristics of what a Christian should be (v. 3):
If being a good Jew was what would get you into heaven Paul would have qualified (vv. 4-6). He was circumcised on the eighth day of the stock of Israel, was a Hebrew of the Hebrews concerning the law, was a zealous Pharisee, persecuting the Church, and being righteous in the law was blameless. These credentials would have impressed any Jew but didn’t qualify him for Heaven.
Depending on Christian parents, church affiliation, baptism or just being good will never make me right with God. I am so thankful that my salvation comes only through faith in Christ and Him alone.
Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you is no trouble to me and is safe for you. Look out for the dogs, look out for the evildoers, look out for those who mutilate the flesh. For we are the circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh-- though I myself have reason for confidence in the flesh also. If anyone else thinks he has reason for confidence in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless.
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Philippians 1:3-07Paul’s Prayer For The Church in Philippi
Philippians 1:15-21Christ is Preached
Philippians 1:22-30The Christian Life is a Battleground
Philippians 2:1-08Unity Through Humility
Philippians 2:09-16Experiencing The Joy of The Submissive Mind
Philippians 2:17-23The Joyful Life is The Life of Sacrifice And Service
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Philippians 3:1-6Losing Religion to Find Salvation
Philippians 3:7-14Running to Win
Philippians 3:15-21Our Citizenship is in Heaven
Philippians 4:1-7The Secret of Victory Over Worry
Philippians 4:08-13The Secret of Contentment
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