A Research of Philippians 1:3-6
Introduction: I’ve spent the previous couple of years accumulating oil work on the recommendation of an inside decorator good friend. My late spouse Katrina used to roll her eyes at me after I purchased one other, however we’d have nice enjoyable discovering oil work from native artists. Each artist works with the three main colours—crimson, yellow, and blue. They’re the supply of all different colours. There’s a scientific and mathematical genius behind the great thing about the colours we see round us every single day.
Properly, let me ask you a query. What are the three main colours of the wholesome soul?
On three events, Paul places collectively three particular attitudes or actions:
- 1 Thessalonians 3:9-10: How can we thank God sufficient for you in return for all of the pleasure we’ve got within the presence of our God due to you? Night time and day we pray most earnestly that we may even see you once more and provide what’s missing in your religion.
- 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18: Rejoice at all times; praying frequently; give thanks in all circumstances for that is the desire of God for you in Christ Jesus.
- Philippians 1:3-6: I thank my God each time I bear in mind you. In all my prayers for all of you, I at all times pray with pleasure due to your partnership within the Gospel from the primary day till now, being assured of this, that He who started work in you’ll carry it on to completion till the day of Christ Jesus.share in God’s grace with me. God can testify how I lengthy for all of you with the love of Christ Jesus.
Paul tells us of three attitudes that ought to at all times be on the oil palate of the Christian—pleasure, prayerfulness, and thanksgiving.
Dr. Gordon Payment writes in his commentary on Philippians, “Paul once more provides proof that prayer, thanksgiving, and pleasure go collectively in a type of indissoluble union.”
Thankfulness, prayerfulness, cheerfulness.
Let’s take a look at the hyperlink to those three relationships right here in Philippians 1:3-6.
Consider it or not, that is one lengthy sentence in Greek. However let’s plunge into verse three in our English translation, the place Paul begins with thanksgiving.
Verse 3 says, I thank my God each time I bear in mind you.
I need to level out two phrases on this sentence—my and you.
First, there’s the phrase “my.” Each phrase of Scripture is necessary, and Paul may have mentioned, “I thank God,” however he mentioned, “I believe my God.” He was training the presence of God. He knew God may be very private and close to.
Paul shouts the praises of his God, a message of hope to terrified passengers and sailors recorded in Acts 27:22-26, “However now I urge you to maintain your braveness, as a result of not one in every of you may be misplaced; solely the ship can be destroyed. Final night time an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood beside me and mentioned, ‘Don’t be afraid, Paul. You could stand trial earlier than Caesar; and God has graciously given you the lives of all who sail with you.’”
My God! The God to whom I belong and whom I serve!
After which there may be the phrase “you.” I learn a number of years in the past a couple of missionary—I believe it was Amy Carmichael—who stored a thanksgiving listing alongside her prayer listing. Each day she would write down one thing for which she was grateful. For us, it might be so simple as a scorching bathe or lab outcome from the physician.
However Paul tended to thank God for individuals greater than issues. Let’s return to the story of Paul’s shipwreck. The ship crashed, however everybody was saved. And when the winter handed, they caught one other ship and at last Paul made it to Italy. Take a look at Acts 28:15: “The brothers and sisters [from Rome] had heard that we had been coming, they usually traveled so far as the Discussion board of Appius and the Three Taverns to satisfy us. On the sight of those individuals Paul thanked God and was inspired.”
You possibly can learn throughout Paul’s letters. There’s little doubt he was grateful for all of the blessings God gave, however most of his expressions of thanksgiving had been for individuals. Let’s be sure we thank God for the individuals in our lives.
A 20th century Methodist pastor named William Stidger overheard others complaining and decided to develop a grateful angle in direction of God for each issues and folks. The primary one who flashed into his thoughts was an English instructor who had first impressed in him a lifelong love of literature and poetry.
He wrote a grateful letter to her and acquired this response:
My Willie, I can’t inform you how a lot your observe meant to me. I’m in my eighties, dwelling alone in a small room, cooking my very own meals, lonely, just like the final leaf of autumn that linger behind. You’ll have an interest to know that I taught at school for greater than fifty years, and yours is the primary observe of appreciation I’ve ever acquired. It got here on a blue, chilly morning, and it cheered me as nothing has accomplished in a few years.”
What energy is in that one sentence: “I thank my God each time I bear in mind you.”
Now, this sort of gratitude doesn’t come naturally. It takes coaching and observe. We now have to work on it and put it into observe. In the event you ever need to change your angle, lookup each time the Bible makes use of the phrases thank, thanks, thanksgiving, gratitude, and grateful. Make a critical examine of this. Write down the verses, examine the context, observe down the cross-references, systematize them, and select a few of them to memorize.
British poet George Herbert prayed, “Thou hast given a lot to me, give me yet another factor—a grateful coronary heart.”
Alongside thankfulness comes prayerfulness. Paul mentioned, “In all my prayers for all of you….” Now, look down at verse 19: “For I do know that by means of your prayers and God’s provision of the Spirit, what has occurred to me will prove for my deliverance.”
Simply after World Battle II, Christian thinker and employee Frank Laubach wrote a ebook about prayer that impacted hundreds of thousands of individuals. He known as on each believer to unite in prayer and intercession for each other and for our leaders. He gave a number of examples of how we will be taught to hope with larger frequency for others.
- Once you examine a world chief within the information, pause for ten seconds to hope for them.
- Pray silently to your preacher as he expounds the Scripture.
- Pray for individuals as they method you and sit in entrance of you.
- Provide up prayers to God each night. Laubach described a person who wrote out a prayer each night, provided it to God, after which threw it within the fire. It burned and the smoke ascended into heaven like incense within the Previous Testomony.
- Cycle by means of a set of prayer playing cards. Laubach wrote a couple of man who acquired a clock that his brother had rescued from a sinking ship throughout World Battle II. He had a set of prayer playing cards with ministries listed, and when the clock chimed, he would flow into by means of his prayer playing cards and pray for these ministries.
The purpose is, Laubauch was urging individuals to search out methods of praying with out ceasing. He had a really vivid method of placing it: “Sufficient individuals praying sufficient will launch into the human bloodstream the mightiest medication within the universe, for we will be the channels by means of whom God can exert His infinite energy.”
And that brings us to the third main coloration—cheerfulness: In all my prayers for you, I at all times pray with pleasure….
That is the primary of sixteen occasions Paul makes use of the word-group of pleasure on this letter. Now, some individuals suppose pleasure is the theme of his letter. I don’t suppose so, however the references to pleasure and rejoicing have strengthened me numerous occasions. We’ll see these unfold as we undergo the letter.
However for now, let’s go on with this specific paragraph.
I thank my God each time I bear in mind you. In all my prayers for all of you, I at all times pray with pleasure due to your partnership within the Gospel from the primary day till now…
The phrase “partnership” is the acquainted Greek time period koinonia, which focuses on the lengthy, enduring nature of their fellowship. I believe this phrase contains the fruitfulness of his authentic go to to Philippi in Acts 16; their frequent correspondence and monetary presents to him; their joint endeavors in sharing the Gospel; and the long-term friendship they’ve loved over time.
And that brings us to verse 6. Paul was praying with pleasure and cheerfulness as a result of He knew God was at work. The Lord was working within the Philippian believers.
I thank my God each time I bear in mind you. In all my prayers for all of you, I at all times pray with pleasure due to your partnership within the Gospel from the primary day till now, being assured of this, that He who started work in you’ll carry it on to completion till the day of Christ Jesus.
What’s the “good work” that God had began within the Philippians?
I imagine this verse means simply what we really feel prefer it ought to imply—that God began doing one thing in Philippi in Acts 16. He began doing one thing within the servant woman, within the prisoners, within the jailer. And this work will proceed till we lastly all stand earlier than God in perfection.
I bear in mind the day in school when a classmate sat down with me and drew slightly chart. He had three columns.
Your previous: What occurred while you acquired Christ as Savior, when God saved you from the penalty of your sins
Your now: The method that occurs to us at the moment as we develop in Christ and are being saved from the facility of sin
Your future: What’s going to occur sooner or later if you find yourself raptured or resurrected and God will prevent from all sin
All three facets of this are in verse 6:
- He who started work in you… – Justification
- Will carry it on… – Sanctification
- To completion on the day when Christ comes once more… – Glorification.
I’ve by no means forgotten that little chart, however just lately I’ve made one change to it. As an alternative of the phrase “sanctification” I like to make use of the phrase “Christification.”
Proper now, these of us who know Jesus Christ as Savior have one thing occurring in our lives that I’m going to name Christification—we have gotten an increasing number of like Christ. The apostle Paul goes to speak so much about this within the ebook of Philippians. For instance:
- Philippians 1:27: No matter occurs, conduct yourselves in a way worthy of the Gospel of Christ.
- Philippians 2:5: Let this thoughts be in you which of them was in Christ Jesus.
- Philippians 2:12-13: Proceed to work out your salvation with worry and trembling, for it’s God who works in you to will and to behave to be able to fulfill His good function.
- Philippians 3:12-14: I press on to seize that for which Christ Jesus took maintain of me.
- Philippians 4:9: No matter you will have realized or acquired or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into observe.
Ray Ortlund wrote a column for The Gospel Coalition through which he recalled his father giving him a Bible for his 17th birthday. On the primary web page, his dad wrote: “Bud, Nothing might be larger than to have a son—a son who loves the Lord and walks with Him. Your mom and I’ve discovered this Guide our dearest treasure. Be a scholar of the Bible and your life can be stuffed with blessing. We love you. Dad.” And beneath the phrase “Dad” was the phrase Philippians 1:6, which he learn instantly.
In his column, Ray mentioned: “Aside from the phrases my dad spoke to me the day he led me to Christ, what he wrote above was his best assertion to me ever. It has at all times confirmed true. I can hardly learn it at the moment with out weeping.”
Philippians 1:6 and the opposite 33,000 verses within the Bible have made all of the distinction. Slowly however absolutely, I’m starting to be taught the first colours of thankfulness, prayerfulness, and cheerfulness.
Sooner or later Ruth Graham was driving down the highway and he or she noticed an indication that mentioned, “Finish of Building—Thanks to your persistence.” She mentioned, “That’s what I would like on my tombstone.” Immediately, on the gravestones of Billy and Ruth, you’ll learn these phrases.
If you already know Christ, you’re below building, and you may say:
The work Thou hast in me begun,
Will by Thy grace be totally accomplished!