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Philippians, Chapter One, Lesson Five

V.28 (Cont'd.)

** Now, back in Philippians 1:28 - according to Paul, when Christians display this kind of supernatural courage, it is a two fold sign. What is the first sign manifested by this kind of courage?

It is a sign of destruction for the opponents. With our almighty and gracious God on our side, they have chosen the wrong people to oppose.
cf.Romans 8:31 "If God is for us, who is against us"?

** What is the second sign, also manifested by our supernatural courage?

Our salvation! Our God has granted us salvation by His grace, and as His children no one can take us out of His hand. cf. John 10:27-30 and 2Corinthians 3:4-5

** From Whom do these two signs come?

From God Himself, giving us a great confidence to accept the many and diverse challenges to living the godly life in this world. Our circumstances should indeed produce a greater boldness, because He is our strength and shield. cf. Psalm 28:6-7

V.29 ** As we observe the apostle "Challenging the Brethren" to live godly in an evil world, which is filled with opposition, we can know he was serious because of the two things which have been "granted" to Christians. What are they?

1. To believe in Him (Jesus Christ). cf. Acts 13:48, 2Corinthians 4:3-4 What a privilege!

2. To suffer for His sake. cf. 1Peter 2:20-21 This too is a privilege, because of all that Jesus has done for me, I should be willing to suffer whatever He would send my way for "His name sake".

V.30 ** Paul tells the Philippians that they will be experiencing conflict for the sake of Christ. What two types or examples does he give them?

1. "...which you saw in me..." Right there in Philippi cf. Acts 16:12, 19, 22-25
2. "...and now hear to be in me." They were very much aware of his house arrest, and had sent Epaphroditus to minister to Paul on their behalf. cf. Philippians 2:25, 4:18

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