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Work Out Your Own Salvation

The Search for Joy Work Out Your Own Salvation Philippians 2:12-13 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.  For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. Paul was undoubtedly one of the greatest examples of Christ-likeness for anyone to follow and was leading the Philippians to mirror Christ. The Philippians were addressed in this second chapter as, my beloved, appealing to their affection for Paul as well as his love for them. He exhorted them for being obedient to Christ while in his presence and now much more, in his absence. Paul was setting up for all believers, the divine pattern of living that God wants to accomplish in and through every Christian as they cultivate an obedient heart towards Christ. Work out your own salvation: means to work continually to bring something to fulfillment or completion. Working out your salvation p…

Christ Our Example

The Search for Joy Christ Our Example Philippians 2:5-11 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:  Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:  But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:  And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:  That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Paul, in writing to the Philippians, begins chapter 2 and verse 5 by exhorting Christians to think like Christ in their hearts and minds. The believer’s thoughts, actions, and attitudes, should be of the same mind as Christ when He faced His most severe act of humiliatio…

Encouragement in Christ

The Search for Joy Encouragement in Christ Philippians 2:1-4 If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,  Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be like minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.  Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Divisiveness, selfishness, and sewing discord among the brethren is usually generated by only a few people in the church––destroying unity between believers and fracturing the congregation.  So, when Paul wrote, “ If there be therefore any consolation in Christ,” he was saying, “If there be any encouragement in Christ, any help, counsel, exhortation, or coming along side to be another helper,” then do this. “ If any comfort of love,” portrays Christ coming to the believer with gentle, tender guidance, …

Suffering for His Sake

The Search for Joy Suffering for His Sake Philippians 1:27-30 Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel; And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God.  For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake; Having the same conflict which ye saw in me, and now hear to be in me. Paul is encouraging the people to conduct their lives as citizens of heaven, realizing that the world around them only sees the Gospel by what they perceive or view in their lives. The word conversation, does not mean how we talk but the way in which we walk. We are to conduct ourselves in a manner worthy of the Gospel of Christ. The most powerful weapon against the enemy of Ch…