Chapter Three, Lesson Four
REPEATING THE PATTERN Page
** Had Paul ever warned the Philippians about these false walkers before?
Yes! - "...of whom I often told you..." We must not grow
weary of admonishing one another, even if it begins to sound like a
broken record. If we love one another, we will warn one another every
time that danger is near.
** Is he any less impassioned now?
No - He now tells them "even weeping".
** Why would this issue bring the apostle to tears?
1. The false walkers are deceived and Paul cries over their lost condition.
cf. Titus 3:3 and 2Timothy 3:13
2. His love for the Philippians leaves him very concerned for their
spiritual stability in the face of these bad examples. cf. Acts 20:28-30
** How does Paul describe this group, are they just harmless little folks
who have a few facts wrong?
No! They are "enemies of the cross of Christ"!
cf. Matthew 12:30 "He who is not with Me is against Me, and he
who does not gather with Me scatters".
V.19 ** Paul goes on to give us four clear distinctives that make
this group easily identifiable and therefore easy to not follow their
sinful pattern. Let's look at these one at a time. What is the first one?
1) "...whose end is destruction..." The things that
they do will not end up with the rewards from God to His children, but
rather destruction. cf. 2Corinthians 11:14-15 and 2Thess.1:9
2) "...whose god is their appetite..." koilia - lit.
"belly" This is referring to their basic lustful desires.
Feeding their own needs and desires becomes an idol in and of itself
and replaces their relationship with God Almighty. cf. 1John 2:15-16
with James 1:14
3) "...whose glory is their shame..." Their pride
was in that of which they should have been ashamed. Instead they boasted
of their evil. cf. Romans 8:5 and 1:32
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