Philippians Bible Study – Part Three

Hello readers! I hope you’re having a good week so far. Last week I noted that there was a lot written here in Philippians chapter two, so we only studied the first eleven verses. This week I’d like to look at the rest of the chapter (verses 12-30).

I have included this passage below, so please feel free to read through theses verses. As you read through this passage, I will highlight a few things.

Lights in the World

[12] Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, [13] for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. [14] Do all things without grumbling or disputing, [15] 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, [16] 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. [17] 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. [18] Likewise you also should be glad and rejoice with me.

Timothy and Epaphroditus

[19] I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, so that I too may be cheered by news of you. [20] For I have no one like him, who will be genuinely concerned for your welfare. [21] For they all seek their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. [22] But you know Timothy’s proven worth, how as a son with a father he has served with me in the gospel. [23] I hope therefore to send him just as soon as I see how it will go with me, [24] and I trust in the Lord that shortly I myself will come also. [25] I have thought it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus my brother and fellow worker and fellow soldier, and your messenger and minister to my need, [26] for he has been longing for you all and has been distressed because you heard that he was ill. [27] Indeed he was ill, near to death. But God had mercy on him, and not only on him but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow. [28] I am the more eager to send him, therefore, that you may rejoice at seeing him again, and that I may be less anxious. [29] So receive him in the Lord with all joy, and honor such men, [30] for he nearly died for the work of Christ, risking his life to complete what was lacking in your service to me.

(Philippians 2:12-30 ESV)

Christians Are Lights in The World

The first thing that stands out to me in this passage is in verses 13-16.

Paul reminds us in this passage that as Christians we must be unified and that we need to do all things without complaining or arguing.  This is a good reminder because very often we are quick to disagree with someone and state our opinion. We need to do this so that we can be innocent children of God, shining as lights in the midst of a wicked and crooked world.

Seek also humility. As Christians we must humbly seek to be at peace with others. When we are humble and seek others interests rather than only seeking our own interests, we will find peace with others. When the world sees us getting along with each other and seeking peace with others, they will see Christ shinning through us, shinning as lights in this dark world.

Cling to The World of Life

Paul also says in verse sixteen to hold fast to the word of life. We should be people who are daily reading God’s word and saturating our hearts and minds with the Gospel. If you’re not currently reading the Bible on a daily basis, I encourage you to began today. Make it the next thing you do today and plan to do it again tomorrow. If you are already reading the Bible daily I want to encourage you to continue to saturate your mind with the truths of the Gospel, to grow in Christ and commit to being obedient to the word of God.

Be Willing to Suffer For Christ

The final thing I want to encourage you to do today, is to be willing to suffer for Christ. Paul says in verse 30, That Epaphroditus nearly died for the work of Christ, risking his life to complete what the others were lacking. As growing Christians we should be prepared to suffer for the work of Christ. It’s not going to be relaxed or an easy life living in a dark and wicked world in which we live. So we must be willing to suffer even possibly to the point of death for the work of Christ.

I encourage you to read through this passage a few times and grab a pen and paper and simply write down your thoughts. Write down things that are convicting to you, things that you want to work on, and things that you want to grow in Christ.

Thanks for reading. I appreciate your thoughts in the comments! Until next time, God bless and have a great week!

-Zachary

 

 

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6 thoughts on “Philippians Bible Study – Part Three

  1. Great post! You pointed out some good points to remember. I know I enjoy reading the Bible daily and when I don’t I know I’m missing something from God. Keep up the great work.

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