Chapter Two, Lesson Three
THE JOY OF OBEDIENCE Page
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
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
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-"
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."
** 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.
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