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Philippians 1:9-12

Php 1:9-12
And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment;
10 That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ;
11 Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.
12 But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel;    KJV

We have been studying these four verses this week, and giving our insights, thoughts, and applications at Philter48, a forum set up by a couple of brothers in the Lord for this purpose. Everyone is welcome to participate in this ongoing study as we seek to live out what it means to have “every joint supply” (Ephesians 4:16) that which is necessary for the Body.

It is a verse-by-verse study, which can sometimes become tedious, and sometimes bring up things that are not necessarily the main intent of the passage, but always enhances our understanding and experience in the Lord. So, join us, please.

Paul is stuck in prison as he writes this letter. Rather than asking for prayer for his release or safety or any other personal thing at this time, he prays for the saints at Philippi. (For those who do not know how to pronounce that word, I’ll steal a line from Swanny who wrote Fill-A-Pie).

When he prays for the saints at Philippi, I take that as a prayer for me also, and a lesson is contained within the prayer itself.

Paul indicates that the Philippian saints were a manifestation of love when he prays that their love may abound even more.

But, this is not some sort of a fuzzy, touchy-feely kind of love, as we shall see further into the letter. It is a love that is manifested in action. Here, though, the apostle wants their love to abound by increasing in knowledge and judgment.

We can see from this that true agape love does not just accept and tolerate anything and everything that comes along, but is most truly shown by its exercise of discernment. It is a love that knows how to distinguish between good and evil, and between the good and the not-so-good. And that discernment has a purpose: to keep one pure and blameless until the day of Christ.

In other words, it is not enough to just love. It is not enough to just know. It is not enough to distinguish. One must act on love’s discerning knowledge.

That action, that doing what is called for in the moment by reason of a loving awareness, will produce the fruits of righteousness in the believer.

Lest they forget and think that it is by their good efforts, Paul reminds them that it ALL is by Jesus Christ. The love, the knowledge, the discernment, the sincerity, and the blamelessness are all of Him. He provides, leads, and guides; and it is up to me to do. But even the doing is of Him.

When will I ever get to the place where I realize on a moment-by-moment basis that I am nothing without Him? When will I get to the place that I do not secretly long for some sort of recognition?

 

NOTE: For a good read about one who is learning to trust the Lord on a moment-by-moment basis, read This is The Day.

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Blogged Bible Study–John 19

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John 19:30
When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.   KJV

When my middle school students would be given an assignment in class, they would call out, “I’m done!” when they had finished it. Quality was not the issue for them, but getting through the requirement.

Jesus had a goal–an assignement, a task–and He set His face toward Jerusalem (Luke 9:51) to complete His assigned task. His task, and His commitment to that task, however, included quality. Perfection was His aim.

According to this verse in Luke, Jesus understood that it was time for His “being taken up.” The Ascension–His being seated at the right hand of the Father–was the ultimate goal.

He knew that the way to accomplish this also included the cross, yet He set His face toward Jerusalem. He was so determined in His demeanor that the people did not try to dissuade Him from His course.

Do you have that sort of determination about the things the Lord gives you to accomplish? Are you so determined to fulfill the will of God in your life that neither people, places, nor things can distract you?

I’m not there yet; but I am moving in that direction. Are you?

When Jesus had accomplished all that the Father had given Him to do, He said, “It is finished.” And with that, His earthly life and ministry was completed.

Done.

That was not all that was finished, however.

God’s plan for eternal redemption for a lost humanity was also completed, for that was the purpose of Jesus’ ministry. (Luke 19:10)

When that was completed–when He said, “DONE!”–all was accomplished.

When all was accomplished, I was included in that statement.

Were you?

 

NOTE: for other insights into this chapter of John by other writers who have the Spirit of God, go here.