|Staying in the Word|
Chapter Two, Lesson Three
THE JOY OF OBEDIENCE Page
** Why does Paul begin this passage with the phrase "so then"?
** Here in verse 12, what rather startling appraisal of their Christian lifestyle does Paul make?
** Is he saying that they were perfect in their walk with Jesus Christ?
** Does Paul want the Philippians' obedience to be in his presence only, so that he would be impressed?
** Before we continue discussing "The Joy of Obedience" which was found by the Philippian believers, let's consider this question. Is it possible to offer the Lord a false obedience?
** What key motivator does Paul give to the Philippians for them to work out their salvation and avoid a false obedience?
** The verb "work out", katergazomai in the Greek, is in the present tense and literally means "to continually be working to bring something to fulfillment or completion". Is Paul talking about the Philippians earning their salvation?