Chapter Four, Lesson One
LIVING IN HARMONY Page
V. 3 ** Were these two ladies some kind of spiritual
losers that only caused problems and had been of no help?
Far from it! - They had "shared [Paul's] struggle in the cause
of the gospel". They had been very effectual in their labors together
** At the beginning of this verse, is Paul referring to anyone in particular
as he asks for help in reconciling these ladies?
Yes. The term for "true comrade" is suzugos and means literally
"a yokefellow". Paul is referring to one of the overseers
there in Philippi to which he addressed this letter back in Philippians
1:1. This individual would be faithful to fulfill this calling understanding
what the Lord had said in Matthew 5:9 - "Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called the sons of God".
** To give a greater depth to the description of service which had be
offered by Euodia and Syntyche, what does Paul do in verse three?
He says that they had worked along side of "Clement also, and
the rest of my fellow workers..."
** How are these ladies and these workers described?
"...whose names are in the book of life." cf. Revelation
20:15 and Luke 10:20
They have been united with all of the redeemed, they had true unity
in the Lord, but their sin was preventing them from experiencing its
V. 4 ** That introduces us to the solution for division in the
Body. Paul is now going to give us his four step plan for "Living
in Harmony". What is the first step given to us here in verse
1) Rejoice in the Lord always! The genuine joy of Christ defuses
any and all conflict, when all members of His body are willing to shift
their focus to Christ.
V. 5 ** How about the second step?
2) Let your forbearing spirit be know to all men. epieikes lit."equitable
or yielding". The first person who should experience our forbearing
spirit is the one with which we are at odds.
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