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Philippians, Chapter Three, Lesson One

REJOICING IN THE LORD           Page 3
V. 1 (cont'd.)

** With some understanding of what Paul is communicating to us when he says to "rejoice in the Lord", we need to realize that he is revisiting this important subject matter, so that we will be able to rejoice. How does he feel about taking the time to review?

1) It "is no trouble to me"
2) It "is a safeguard for you"

Paul's love for other believers put him in the place of protecting and caring for the spiritual lives of all who would come to know Christ.

V. 2 ** What three things does Paul warn the Philippians and us about?

1) "...the dogs..."
2) "...the evil workers..."
3) "...the false circumcision..."

** Has he referred to these before in this epistle?

Yes - Philippians 1:27-28 and 2:14-15

** The question becomes, is Paul referring to three different descriptions of one group or to three different groups? If we look at the character, conduct and creed of those represented here, I think we will be able to answer that question.

1) character - "the dogs" kuon was used to refer to unsaved, unholy individuals
cf. Revelation 22:14-15

2) conduct - "evil workers" kakos ergates is describing a bad or evil worker. These were the false teachers of Paul's day. cf. 2Corinthians 11:13-14, Galatians 1:8-9

3) creed - "false circumcision" or concision in the KJV. This specific reference is to the Judaizers who put their hope in their external religious service rather than the circumcision of the heart.
cf. Acts 15:1, Galatians 5:12 with 1Kings 18:28

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