Chapter Two, Lesson Three
THE JOY OF OBEDIENCE Page
V.13 ** What does Paul remind the Philippians of
that would assist them in remaining humble before the Lord, while at the
same time encourage them to succeed?
"it is God who is at work in you" - Remember Philippians
** What two things in us does our Father in heaven want to conform to
His good pleasure?
Our will and our work! "Will" speaks of our attitude in obedience,
while "work" refers to the action of our obedience. Paul wants
us to obey the Lord from the inside out. Paul prayed to that end in
his letter to the Ephesians. Would you join me in Ephesians 3:14-19?
In order for us to be "filled up to all the fulness of God"
where does Paul say we must be strengthened and by Whom are we strengthened?
"strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man..."
V.14 ** So back in Philippians 2, we can see what Paul meant when
he said that God is at work IN us. As he moves into verse 14, how far
does he feel that our joyful obedience should reach?
"Do all things..." It should touch every area of our lives.
All that we think, say and do!
** If we are willing to "work" faithfully on our obedience
and remember the strength available to us from within, through the power
of the Holy Spirit, what two things will be removed from our lives?
"grumbling and disputing" - "attitudes and actions"
Grumbling, lit. muttering or murmuring, it betrays an inward
sinful heart or attitude.
Disputing, lit. "a reasoning", this refers to an open
argument or dissension.
** Were there any in Philippi that may have had this problem as a pattern
in their lives?
Yes! That is why Paul was giving them this specific instruction.
But for an example, see Philippians 4:2
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