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Philippians, Chapter Three, Lesson Four

V.18 (Cont'd.)

** 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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