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Philippians, Chapter One, Lesson Two

LONGING FOR THE BRETHREN            Page 3
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 sacrificial manner?

No - he was asking for their existing display of love to continue to increase.
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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