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Philippians, Chapter Three, Lesson Four

V.19 (Cont'd.)

4) "...who set their minds on earthly things." These individuals may claim to be Christians, but their mental focus is in direct opposition to the mind of Christ. (Colossians 3:5-7)
cf. 1Corinthians 2:16 with Luke 24:45

The word used by Luke for "mind" was nous and means "understanding". Christians gain illumination of the Scriptures as the Holy Spirit grants us understanding or the mind of Christ, through God's word. These individuals had none of this, but were earthbound in their thinking.

V.20 ** Of what does Paul now remind the true child of God, so that we do not follow these bad patterns.

"...our citizenship is in heaven..." cf. Ephesians 2:19, John 14:1-3, Hebrews 11:15-16

** Knowing that our home coming to that great city will be unbelievably joyous, what is to be the preoccupation of a Christian according to Paul?

We should be waiting for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ!

** How should we be doing that - passively?

No - ours should like the hearts of the saints for all time. We should eagerly be anticipating His return for us. "Even so, come Lord Jesus" Revelation 22:20

** If we are, what impact will that have upon us "Repeating the Pattern" of Paul's godly life?

It will actually purify us! cf. 1John 3:2-3

** Before we leave this verse, what is the significance of Paul identifying the Savior as "the Lord Jesus Christ"?

People cannot choose the part of Jesus they like best, He must be both Lord and Savior or there is no relationship with Him. cf.John 15:14, Matthew 12:50

V.21 ** If we prove to be genuine by "Repeating the Pattern" of godly lives which have been portrayed in Scripture for us, what is going to happen when Christ comes from heaven to get us?

We will be transformed and conformed to the body of His glory. cf. 1Corinthians 15:48-54

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