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Philippians, Chapter One, Lesson Two

LONGING FOR THE BRETHREN            Page 2

Longing for the Brethren

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V. 8 ** As Paul opens our passage for today, what does he say which lends tremendous weight to that which follows?

"For God is my witness..." There is no one else on whom we could call to verify that what we are saying is true. Our gracious God knows all, and in this case He knows that what Paul is about to say is absolutely reliable. cf. Romans 1:9 and 9:1, 2Corinthians 1:23 and Galatians 1:20

** Do you suppose a person ought to have integrity before making such powerful statement?

Absolutely - but, why?
Proverbs 6:16-17 "The Lord hates...a lying tongue..."

Proverbs 12:22 "Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord..."

Revelation 22:15 "...outside are [those] who love and practice lying."

Exodus 20:16 "You shall not bear false witness..."
(The 9th commandment)

** By the way, just a footnote on this subject, is God our witness?

Yes! Always! He hears every word! Matthew 12:35-36
He knows our thoughts! 1Samuel 16:7 and Hebrews 4:12

** Now that we understand that this is no light statement by the apostle Paul, to what is he calling almighty God as a witness?

His "Longing for the Brethren" - Paul's heart ached for the Philippians, they were a cause of joy! cf. Philippians 4:1

1. Beloved brethren
2. whom I long to see
3. my joy
4, my crown
5. my beloved

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