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Philippians, Chapter Four, Lesson One

LIVING IN HARMONY           Page 4

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 for Christ.

** 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 joy.

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 four?

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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