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Philippians, Chapter One, Lesson Two

LONGING FOR THE BRETHREN            Page 5
V.10 (Cont'd.)

** How do those two terms describe the two dimensions of spiritual integrity?

Sincere - lit. judged by sunlight, unalloyed, pure

This is speaking of the genuine internal dimension of our integrity. We are who we are, by the grace of God, from the inside out! cf. 1Corinthians 15:10

Blameless - lit. not causing to stumble

This is the above reproach, external manifestation of who we are internally. How others see us! cf. Philippians 2:14-15

** How long is this spiritual integrity to last?

"...until the day of Christ". Whether 'til the Bema seat of Christ, or the Great White Throne - we are to live a life of integrity our whole life long.

V.11 ** The Philippians (and us as well) might become somewhat overwhelmed by such a prayerful challenge. How is this kind of life possible? How do we even get started? Is it through our own religious effort?

NO! Jesus has already started us!

"...having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ..."

** Did you notice how much of our lives have the fruit of righteousness?

We are "filled", by God's grace, with the righteousness of Jesus Christ.
cf. Philippians 3:9, 2Corinthians 5:21

** What is the two-fold result of a Christian's life that has been lived out with an abounding love, an increase in real knowledge and all discernment, the ability to test things that are excellent and with sincerity and blamelessness?

Our lives are for the glory and praise of God! cf. Luke 15:7 and 10

EXTRICATE

** If we are truly "Longing for the Brethren", we will want to be with them as much as possible. That is where we will find our greatest joy! But beyond that, what will be our desire, even when we are away from them?

To be praying for them, that they may live out their life to the praise and glory of God.

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