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Philippians, Chapter One, Lesson One

THANKFUL FOR THE BRETHREN            Page 5

V. 6 ** It is little wonder that Paul would be so "Thankful for the Brethren", given their amazing track record. But what principle do we find in verse six to explain the source of power for their faithfulness and ours as well?

"...He who began a good work in you..."

** Having begun His work in us, what will He do next?

He will "perfect" it! epiteleo lit. - to complete or accomplish

** Do you think that Paul was sure about that?

Yes! He was "confident of this very thing"!

** Why was he so sure?

Because whatever Jesus begins, He finishes! Our salvation is eternally secure in Him.

** How long will Jesus continue His work to complete or perfect us according to Paul?

"...until the day of Christ Jesus". That day when our final salvation, reward and glorification takes place in the presence of Jesus Christ.(2Corinthians 5:9-10)

V. 7 ** Paul has a great love for the Philippians that produces an overflowing, joyful prayer life on their behalf. How does he defend those feelings?

He says, "For it is only right for me to feel this way about you all..."

** Why were these Philippians knit so deeply into the heart of the apostle, what had they done?

"...both in [his] imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, [they] all are partakers of grace with [Paul]". They had stood by his side defending Christ, the word of God, the gospel and the apostle Paul himself. cf. 1:29-30

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