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The One Anothers of the New Testament - Part 3

PHILIPPIANS, COLOSSIANS, 1THESSALONIANS            Page 2

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** Again today, like last week, we will be enjoying three of the epistles penned by the apostle Paul. The first two are among those referred to as the prison epistles. That is they were written by Paul from Rome around 60-62 A.D., where he was under house arrest after his third missionary journey.

Please turn to Paul's letter to the Philippians, chapter 2 and we will begin our study for today.

Philippians 2:3-4 (Read passage)

V. 3 ** For some of you, this chapter has become a very close friend. You might even recall last time how we saw the greatest act of humility ever known to mankind. What was that?

Christ humbling Himself to become a man and being obedient to the Father, He suffered to the point of death, even death on a cross. (V.5-8)

** Here in verse 3 we not only learn the next "One Another" command but we also learn the secret to true humility. What is the next command regarding how we view one another?

1) "regard one another as more important..."

** How many Christians are to do this?

"let each of you" That means everyone! New Christians to mature saints, everyone!

** What two motives are we going to have to eliminate in order to be successful at this kind of genuine humility?

"selfishness" or "empty conceit"

** How are they different?

Selfishness is desiring all of the best just for yourself, while conceit indicates a poor job in evaluating one's own worth. By the way, why do you suppose the Holy Spirit chose the phrase "empty" conceit? cf. Colossians 2:18

Because all of our boasting is vanity and amounts to nothing or at least just being full of hot air!

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