Chapter One, Lesson Four
DEPENDENT ON THE BRETHREN Page
** At this point we need to stop for a clarification. What is it exactly
that Paul is considering? Is he contemplating suicide?
Absolutely not! Paul's life and death are totally in the Lord's
hands - he is merely considering which would be best for this time and
circumstance. Either life in Christ, here and now or to depart and be
with Him throughout time and eternity. cf. 2Timothy 4:6 and 2Peter 1:13-14
** In verse 23 Paul uses an unusual term or phrase for death. What is
"...to depart and be with Christ..."
** How does that description of "death" for a Christian differ
from the death of the lost or unsaved individual?
Ours is an instantaneous transition from life to life, while theirs
is an appointment to eternal
death! cf. 2Corinthians 2:14-17, Hebrews 9:27
** How does Paul feel about his upcoming transition?
That will be "...very much better"(V.23).
** Even though Paul realizes how wonderful being with Christ would be,
what selfless statement does he make in verse 24?
"...yet to remain on in the flesh is more necessary for your sake."
Paul's devotion to ministry in the name of Jesus Christ exceeds his
desire to please himself. cf. Galatians 2:20
V.25 ** Being convinced of the greater "necessity" to
remain and minister to the flock of God, what two things does Paul what
to build up in the Philippians' faith?
Their "progress" and "joy" - Not only was Paul
"Dependent on the Brethren", but they were also dependent
upon him. Paul fully understood that a Biblical perspective of life
and death will always free us to minister to the needs of each other.
cf. Romans 15:14
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