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Philippians, Chapter One, Lesson Five

CHALLENGING THE BRETHREN            Page 3
V.27 (Cont'd.)

** Should the fact that Paul was coming to see them, or even if it turned out that he remained absent from them, have any impact on their worthy conduct?

No - either way Paul wants to hear that they were "standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel".

** Paul is addressing their individual commitment to the truth, as well as their corporate commitment. How challenging do you find his request to be, how difficult can it be for a Christian to stand firm on the truth of God's word regarding Jesus Christ?

Extremely! We are tempted and tested on every side!
cf. 2Corinthians 4:7-10, 1Corinthians 9:24-27, 16:13-14, Galatians 5:1

Note: For a comparison of "spirit" pneuma (wind, spirit) and "soul" psuche (breathe, soul) - see 1Thessalonians 5:23 and Hebrews 4:12. Many commentators agree that the two terms speak of one entity, the core of the individual. The terms merely represent two perspectives of the same thing, the "soul" is man's perspective of self, while the "spirit" is God's perspective of who we are - in either case, the body is the container.

** As Christians take their own personal stand, as well as a corporate stand, for what are they striving?

"striving together for the faith of the gospel"
cf. Jude 3 "...the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints..."

That is, the content of truth which describes salvation in Christ and the life which comes out of knowing Him as your personal Lord and Savior.

V.28 ** We know that if we try to stand on our faith, we are going to be opposed by the Satanic world system around us. How will we not react when that opposition comes if we are walking in a manner worthy of Christ?

We will not be "alarmed" by our opponents! For a great example, please join me in
1Samuel 17:20-50 - David and Goliath

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