Chapter Two, Lesson One
THE JOY OF UNITY Page
V. 3 (Cont'd.)
** How encompassing is that command?
"Do nothing"! Paul is addressing everything that we think,
say or do. All is included, nothing is to be excluded from this prohibition.
** Can you think of some people in chapter one who were guilty of this
kind of behavior?
Verse 15 of chapter one, those who were "preaching Christ from
envy and strife" (and from verse 17) "out of selfish ambition".
** In our verse three for today, which adjective does Paul use to better
help us in our understanding of conceit?
He says that it is "empty". There simply is no true substance
to any view that would exalt us above our brothers and sisters in Christ.
cf. Colossians 2:18 and Galatians 5:26
** Alright then, let's look closely at this verse to find the second
step in God's design for unity within the body of Christ. What is it?
2) Regarding others as more important than yourself.
You may remember from our study in Ephesians 5:21, that Christians
were to be subject to one another in the fear of Christ. "Be subject"
translated hupotasso - lit. "to rank under". This was the
exact same idea. We rank ourselves under the importance of others in
the body of Christ, out of our reverence for the Lord.
** What genuine attitude is required for us to be successful in this
"...with humility of mind..." the very opposite of conceit.
While conceit is an empty boast, true humility before a Holy God will
fill us with the God given capacity to meet the needs of others.
cf. Romans 12:3
V. 4 ** While we are 1) Watching our motives, and 2) Exalting
others - What is the third step in God's plan?
3) We should not merely look out for our own personal interests,
but also for those of others.
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