Chapter Four, Lesson Three
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V.23 ** Paul finishes this masterpiece the same way
it began, with the grace of the Lord Jesus
(Philippians 1:2). Why is that so important?
All that has been said in this wonderful letter has been authorized
by, sustained by, energized by and fulfilled by God's grace. If the
Philippians or even ourselves are to be changed by what Paul has written,
we are totally dependent upon the "grace of the Lord Jesus Christ".
If we are people, called children of God, who are "Loving to
Share" all that God has done for us, it is only because of
his "Amazing Grace"! It is very fitting for the grace of God
to be the bookends of this epistle.
** What kind of people had the Philippians become as Christians "in
the matter of giving and receiving"?
These were amazingly generous people, who by God's grace even begged
for the privilege of giving their own lives and resources for the advancement
of the Kingdom of God.
** Were they just a flash in the pan, giving only to partake in the latest
No - They gave from their heart, prompted by God, over and over again.
They would not be denied!
** Why should I want to be this kind of giver? What will it accomplish
if I am genuine?
1) Fruit that remains!
2) Glory to God for all eternity!
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