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Philippians, Chapter Two, Lesson Three

THE JOY OF OBEDIENCE           Page 4

V.15** Why is it so important for Christians to do all things without "grumbling and disputing"? What five things have we got to prove?

1. We are blameless - in the judgement of others, we give no legitimate cause for offense.
cf. 1Peter 2:12
2. We are innocent - lit. "unmixed", without evil cf. Romans 16:19
3. We are children of God - We should live our lives imitating Him, cf. Ephesians 5:1
4. We are above reproach - lit. without blemish, up against the fallen sinful world around us, which is both crooked and perverse. Our life must be noticeably different. cf. Romans 12:2
5. We are lights in the world - our obedience to the Word of God is a witness.
cf. Matthew 5:14-16

V.16 ** As "lights in the world", while living a life of proof to God's grace, what are we to be holding forth?

"the Word of life"

** If you were to use just one word to describe the "Word of life", what would it be?

The "gospel" - John 1:4 "In Him was life, and the life was the light of men."

Five years later the apostle John would write, "What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we beheld and our hands handled, concerning the Word of Life-" (1John 1:1)

Our joyful obedience to the word of God prepares us to be ready at a moments notice to share God's saving truth, unhindered by our own guilt or shame.

** We are to tell the world the gospel! As we prove to be faithful to the call along with the Philippians, what impact will it have on the apostle Paul in the day of Christ?

He will have cause to glory because he "did not run in vain nor toil in vain."
cf.1Thessalonians 2:19-20

** To what is Paul referring when he says, "in the day of Christ"?

This is a day for the church and Jesus only. It is when believers in the church age will stand before Jesus at the Bema seat for reward. cf.2Corinthians 5:10

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