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Philippians, Chapter Three, Lesson One

REJOICING IN THE LORD           Page 2

Rejoicing in the Lord


V. 1 ** What kinds of things should we watch out for that could rob us of our joy?

Paul mentions two of them in our passage, they are:

1) The impact of false teaching or doctrine.
2) Depending upon our own natural abilities.

** Before we get to that, what is so unique about Paul's opening word for this study?

Even though he is only half way through this tremendous epistle, he begins with "Finally".

** Why would he do that?

This is his last major section of instruction before he begins the conclusion or application of
all he has been saying with "Therefore" at the beginning of chapter four.

** Paul and the Philippians had a profound love for one another. Based upon that close relationship, how does Paul begin this final set of instructions for his brethren? What does he tell them to do?

"...rejoice in the Lord..."

** Paul has mentioned joy eleven times up to this point in his epistle, how is it different here?

This time we are to rejoice (specifically) "in the Lord". cf. Philippians 4:4 (He will say it again!)

** What does being "in the Lord" have to do with our capacity to rejoice?

cf. Philippians 3:9 - being found in Him, we have His righteousness.

and . . .
Colossians 1:27 - "Christ in you, the hope of glory"
Romans 8:10 - "Christ in you, spirit is alive"
Ephesians 3:14-19 - "Christ may dwell in your hearts"

With our life being lived out "in the Lord" and with Christ dwelling in us, ours is a protected environment that should produce the grateful response of joy for all that He has accomplished on our behalf. cf. Colossians 3:3-4

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