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Philippians 1:27-30
" Worthy of the gospel of Christ " Before we can talk about what kind of life is a life worthy of th...
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" Worthy of the gospel of Christ " Before we can talk about what kind of life is a life worthy of the gospel of Christ, we must ask what the gospel of Christ is. The gospel is theological, it is historical, and it is practical. It is the good news about who God is, what he has done in history, and what that means for us. Who is God? What has He done in history? What are we supposed to do about this? What is a manner of life that is worthy of the gospel of Christ? Paul does not mean that we should try to earn God's favor (that would contradict the very gospel that Paul preaches), but that "our lives should be consistent with the gospel, living illustrations of the gospel's power" (Sinclair Ferguson, Let's Study Philippians, p. 34). Paul will go on for the rest of chapter one and chapter two to explain just what a manner of life worthy of the Gospel is, but for now, let's focus on verses 27-30. What do you see? Tenacity (or perseverance, stick-to-it-iveness), Unity, and Suffering (Moises Silva, Philippians, p. 80). Tenacity "So that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standimg firm... not frightened in anything by your opponents...engaged in the same conflict that you saw I had and now hear that I still have" " Only... whether I come and see you or am absent " Having just said that he is confident that he will be freed from prison and will come to them and that everything will turn out well, Paul turns to an exhortation which would apply whether he comes or not. The Philippians must rely ultimately on Christ, not on Paul. They must continue in unity and grow to maturity together because God is working in them (v. 29). They must continue to carry out the ministry of the Gospel whether Paul is there or not. We cannot hang our Christian faithfulness on any person other than Christ. This would be spiritual suicide. We must put our eyes on the goal, and press on in light of his promises alone. " Let your manner of life " This word comes from the word for citizen, here means to behave as a free citizen or to conduct one's life. This is a good word to use in a letter to the Philippians, who were citizens of a proud Roman colony. In the same way that you wouldn't behave in a way that would bring shame to your city or nation, so should you behave in a way that is worthy of the Gospel of Jesus Christ since you are a citizen of His kingdom which is greater than Rome. As Christians, we need to remember who we are, where we have come from, and where we belong. Unity "In one spirit, with one mind striving side by side" We'll talk more about unity in the next couple of lessons, so for now it's enough to say that Paul and Christ do not expect us to have a "Mr. Incredible" view of our Christian life. You remember Mr. Incredible? What was he always saying? "I work alone." That's not what God has in mind for us as Christians. God's plan for us is that we be a family or a team, working side by side in community for a common purpose, namely the faith of the gospel. This is only possible as we humbly submit to the Holy Spirit and his work in us. But we'll talk more about that later. Suffering "This is a clear sign... for it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but suffer for his sake" Rather than seeing their opposition and suffering as a bad omen, the Philippians must see it as a sign that God is at work in them because suffering, no less than faith, is God's instrument of salvation and is a gracious gift from God for the good of His people. Indeed, their opponents will find no other explanation for their endurance than that God is at work in them. Matthew 5:10-12 John 15:18-20 1 Peter 4:12-19 Romans 5:1-5 2 Thess 1:4-10 Therefore, persecution is a sign of God's salvation for us and of destruction for those who oppose us. So we must stand firm in the confidence that everything that happens to us is under God's control, and that everything that he permits to happen to us is for our good, even when it hurts. We are not alone in our suffering. It was the same for Paul, for the prophets, and ultimately for Christ himself. How silly it would be for us to think that we can be like Christ and never suffer!
10000000016108 16108 Notes 2009-12-02 22:15:39 2010-01-27 14:02:05 " Worthy of the gospel of Christ " Before we can talk about what kind of life is a life worthy of the gospel of Christ, we must ask what the gospel of Christ is. The gospel is theological, it is historical, and it is practical. It is the good news about who God is, what he has done in history, and what that means for us. Who is God? What has He done in history? What are we supposed to do about this? What is a manner of life that is worthy of the gospel of Christ? Paul does not mean that we should try to earn God's favor (that would contradict the very gospel that Paul preaches), but that "our lives should be consistent with the gospel, living illustrations of the gospel's power" (Sinclair Ferguson, Let's Study Philippians, p. 34). Paul will go on for the rest of chapter one and chapter two to explain just what a manner of life worthy of the Gospel is, but for now, let's focus on verses 27-30. What do you see? Tenacity (or perseverance, stick-to-it-iveness), Unity, and Suffering (Moises Silva, Philippians, p. 80). Tenacity "So that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standimg firm... not frightened in anything by your opponents...engaged in the same conflict that you saw I had and now hear that I still have" " Only... whether I come and see you or am absent " Having just said that he is confident that he will be freed from prison and will come to them and that everything will turn out well, Paul turns to an exhortation which would apply whether he comes or not. The Philippians must rely ultimately on Christ, not on Paul. They must continue in unity and grow to maturity together because God is working in them (v. 29). They must continue to carry out the ministry of the Gospel whether Paul is there or not. We cannot hang our Christian faithfulness on any person other than Christ. This would be spiritual suicide. We must put our eyes on the goal, and press on in light of his promises alone. " Let your manner of life " This word comes from the word for citizen, here means to behave as a free citizen or to conduct one's life. This is a good word to use in a letter to the Philippians, who were citizens of a proud Roman colony. In the same way that you wouldn't behave in a way that would bring shame to your city or nation, so should you behave in a way that is worthy of the Gospel of Jesus Christ since you are a citizen of His kingdom which is greater than Rome. As Christians, we need to remember who we are, where we have come from, and where we belong. Unity "In one spirit, with one mind striving side by side" We'll talk more about unity in the next couple of lessons, so for now it's enough to say that Paul and Christ do not expect us to have a "Mr. Incredible" view of our Christian life. You remember Mr. Incredible? What was he always saying? "I work alone." That's not what God has in mind for us as Christians. God's plan for us is that we be a family or a team, working side by side in community for a common purpose, namely the faith of the gospel. This is only possible as we humbly submit to the Holy Spirit and his work in us. But we'll talk more about that later. Suffering "This is a clear sign... for it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but suffer for his sake" Rather than seeing their opposition and suffering as a bad omen, the Philippians must see it as a sign that God is at work in them because suffering, no less than faith, is God's instrument of salvation and is a gracious gift from God for the good of His people. Indeed, their opponents will find no other explanation for their endurance than that God is at work in them. Matthew 5:10-12 John 15:18-20 1 Peter 4:12-19 Romans 5:1-5 2 Thess 1:4-10 Therefore, persecution is a sign of God's salvation for us and of destruction for those who oppose us. So we must stand firm in the confidence that everything that happens to us is under God's control, and that everything that he permits to happen to us is for our good, even when it hurts. We are not alone in our suffering. It was the same for Paul, for the prophets, and ultimately for Christ himself. How silly it would be for us to think that we can be like Christ and never suffer! notes
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Μόνον ἀξίως τοῦ εὐαγγελίου τοῦ Χριστοῦ πολιτεύεσθε,
Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ,
ἵνα εἴτε ἐλθὼν καὶ ἰδὼν ὑμᾶς
so that whether I come and see you
εἴτε ἀπὼν
or am absent,
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ἀκούω τὰ περὶ ὑμῶν, ὅτι στήκετε
I may hear of you that you are standing firm
ἐν ἑνὶ πνεύματι, μιᾷ ψυχῇ συναθλοῦντες τῇ πίστει τοῦ εὐαγγελίου,
in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel,
καὶ μὴ πτυρόμενοι ἐν μηδενὶ ὑπὸ τῶν ἀντικειμένων,
and not frightened in anything by your opponents.
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ἥτις ἐστὶν αὐτοῖς ἔνδειξις ἀπωλείας,
This is a clear sign to them of their destruction,
ὑμῶν δὲ σωτηρίας, καὶ τοῦτο ἀπὸ θεοῦ·
but of your salvation, and that from God.
ὅτι ὑμῖν ἐχαρίσθη τὸ ὑπὲρ Χριστοῦ, οὐ μόνον τὸ εἰς αὐτὸν πιστεύειν
For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him
ἀλλὰ καὶ τὸ ὑπὲρ αὐτοῦ πάσχειν,
but also suffer for his sake,
τὸν αὐτὸν ἀγῶνα ἔχοντες οἷον εἴδετε ἐν ἐμοὶ καὶ νῦν ἀκούετε ἐν ἐμοί.
engaged in the same conflict that you saw I had and now hear that I still have.
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10000000016108 16108 Arc 2009-12-02 22:15:39 2010-01-27 14:02:05 editing Philippians 1 27 1 30 Philippians 1:27-30 50 NT tisch esv i234583 i234584 i234572 Μόνον ἀξίως τοῦ εὐαγγελίου τοῦ Χριστοῦ πολιτεύεσθε, Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, i234585 i234586 i234573 ἵνα εἴτε ἐλθὼν καὶ ἰδὼν ὑμᾶς so that whether I come and see you i234574 εἴτε ἀπὼν or am absent, alternative i234587 i234575 ἀκούω τὰ περὶ ὑμῶν, ὅτι στήκετε I may hear of you that you are standing firm i234588 i234576 ἐν ἑνὶ πνεύματι, μιᾷ ψυχῇ συναθλοῦντες τῇ πίστει τοῦ εὐαγγελίου, in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, i234577 καὶ μὴ πτυρόμενοι ἐν μηδενὶ ὑπὸ τῶν ἀντικειμένων, and not frightened in anything by your opponents. series actionmanner 1 conditional 2 actionpurpose 2 i234589 i234590 i234578 ἥτις ἐστὶν αὐτοῖς ἔνδειξις ἀπωλείας, This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, i234579 ὑμῶν δὲ σωτηρίας, καὶ τοῦτο ἀπὸ θεοῦ· but of your salvation, and that from God. alternative i234591 i234580 ὅτι ὑμῖν ἐχαρίσθη τὸ ὑπὲρ Χριστοῦ, οὐ μόνον τὸ εἰς αὐτὸν πιστεύειν For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him i234592 i234581 ἀλλὰ καὶ τὸ ὑπὲρ αὐτοῦ πάσχειν, but also suffer for his sake, i234582 τὸν αὐτὸν ἀγῶνα ἔχοντες οἷον εἴδετε ἐν ἐμοὶ καὶ νῦν ἀκούετε ἐν ἐμοί. engaged in the same conflict that you saw I had and now hear that I still have. actionmanner 1 ground 1 inference 2 1 1 1 tisch 25 esv 25 a 50 discourse
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