Chapter One, Lesson Two
LONGING FOR THE BRETHREN Page
V. 8 (Cont'd.)
** What is the driving force behind Paul's longing?
"...how I long for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus..."
splagchnon lit. "inward parts"
His love for the Philippians runs deep into his very being with the
intensity and purity of
Christ's love for us!
** Given that understanding, do you find yourself "Longing for
the Brethren"? Are you moved from deep inside with a love and
joy for your brothers and sisters in Christ - to the extent that you desire
their company over that of the world's?
It is fair for me to ask myself, "Where would I rather spend my
time? Around the saints or around the people of this world?"
V. 9 ** As his joy overflows through the love of Christ for the
Philippians, what does it cause Paul to do?
To pray for those he loves! There can be no separation between a Biblical
love for someone and our prayer life on their behalf. cf. 1Samuel 12:23
** Ok, let's look at Paul's prayer, one piece at a time.
What is the first thing on his prayer list?
1. "...that your love may abound still more and more..."
agape - sacrificial, serving love.
** Was Paul asking God to help the Philippians to start loving in this
No - he was asking for their existing display of love to continue to
cf. 1Thessalonians 4:1, 9-10
** What is the second element of Paul's prayer, where is it that this
love is to abound?
2. "...in real knowledge and all discernment..."
** Is there such a thing as false knowledge?
Spiritually speaking, absolutely - cf. Romans 10:1-4 and Romans 1:21-22
with 2Timothy 3:6-7 and 1Corinthians 2:14
Any "knowledge" that draws man away from the love and joy
of God, is man centered and should be classified as "false".
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