March 11, 2021 - Pastor's Corner
Today, we are continuing our journey of extracting brief insights from Paul’s letter to the Philippians. By way of reminder, the overall theme of this letter is the gospel’s impact on our personal lives as expressed in a corporate setting. That is, the truths we see in this brief letter by Paul should impact us first as we live them out among our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, namely, the members of the biblical local-global church we belong to.
For today, our specific focus is on 2:12-13. I encourage you to take a quick moment to read these verses afresh. From them come the following insights:
- Christians obey Scripture. This is a description of our lifestyle before God, before others, and in private. Moreover, we should be known for living in this manner.
- Christians are to corporately live out the gospel together in reverence for God, recognizing that what God has accomplished in making us His individually is intended by Him to be experienced with other believers. We regularly affirm God is God, has full authority over all things, including us, and that we are accountable to Him. We recognize that we are sinners, but God by grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone, saved us. We affirm that we don’t work to get salvation, but we work at daily living the life of Christ among His Body.
- We engage in the preceding activities knowing and depending upon God working in us, giving us both the ability to choose and the ability to act in obedience to Him. This gives Him the greatest pleasure; He wants to live in and through us.
Next week, we’ll look at Philippians 2:14-18. In the meantime, church family, may grace and peace be yours in abundance from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ!