Chapter Three, Lesson One
REJOICING IN THE LORD Page
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
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
cf. Acts 15:1, Galatians 5:12 with 1Kings 18:28
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