Philippians 2:19-30

–              This Mornings Text Centers on Two Brothers of Paul …Timothy and Epaphroditus.  At first glance, the text seems personal and specific to the time of Paul alone  but much can be learned about life through this section of text…

Phil 2:19              I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, so that I too may be cheered by news of you.

–              The First Lesson…             We should Recognize that God controls the Future…  not us

–              The Grace of God in Christ upon Paul is Great…He did not say “I will send Timothy…”  he said “I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy.”   Paul understands that man plans  but it is God who determines what will happen

–              We should all Recognize that it is God who Ordains all things and we should view the future as being whatever God ordains — we plan, we use our wisdom but we recognize that the Lord will determine…   nothing can be more comforting than knowing that God guides your future…

Phil 2:20-22        For I have no one like him, who will be genuinely concerned for your welfare. 21 For they all seek their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. 22 But you know Timothy’s proven worth, how as a son he has served with me in the gospel.

–              The Second Lesson We are taught what is worthy of Respect in others

–              What Paul Respects in Timothy is a selflessness that moves Timothy to be concerned with others… being a fellow servant of the Gospel.  Paul appreciates the Grace of God upon Timothy and Loves Timothy like he would a son

Phil 2:23,24        I hope therefore to send him just as soon as I see how it will go with me, 24 and I trust in the Lord that shortly I myself will come also.

–              The Third Lesson…           We are taught how to Prioritize the things of our life

–              Paul’s Concern is for the Spiritual Welfare of His Brethren — even when he was in prison…

Phil 2:25              I have thought it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus my brother and fellow worker and fellow soldier, and your messenger and minister to my need,

–              The Fourth Lesson…           We are taught how to view ourselves

–              By the Grace of God Paul sees himself and his Brethren as Workers, Soldiers, and Ministers —   and he sees himself as part of a team of fellow workers, soldiers, and ministers…

–              In this Life, we are to be Workers Laboring for the Gospel, Sharing His Excellencies, Spreading His Love… expending effort in the doing  & defining ourselves in this way…

–              we are to be Soldiers Seeing ourselves as in  a battle not against others but against our own sin.  We are to have the Discipline of a Soldier & Obey our Commander…

–              In this Life, we are to be Ministers of the Word, Sharing His Excellencies , Spreading His Love, expending effort in the doing & defining ourselves in this way…

Phil 2:26-30        for he has been longing for you all and has been distressed because you heard that he was ill. 27 Indeed he was ill, near to death. But God had mercy on him, and not only on him but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow. 28 I am the more eager to send him, therefore, that you may rejoice at seeing him again, and that I may be less anxious. 29 So receive him in the Lord with all joy, and honor such men, 30 for he nearly died for the work of Christ, risking his life to complete what was lacking in your service to me.

–              The Fifth Lesson…            We are taught to have compassion for others and to have the courage to both declare and show that compassion

–              The Grace upon Paul is so Great that his compassion for Epaphroditus was immense and he was not afraid to show that compassion…

–              A Sixth Lesson for us…   Even though the Grace of God is rich upon Paul, even though Paul Trusts the Lord Mightily… Paul is anxious…

–  One can be Fully Trusting of the Lord and still be unsure of whether the Lord has ordained an easy or a difficult path for your future or your loved ones future…  the point is that we Trust God and Depend upon Him… some human, frail anxiety is possible even when we do Trust the Lord…

–              The Seventh Lesson…      We are taught to admit our insecurities

–              The Grace upon Paul was so Great that he was willing to admit his own anxiety.  God’s grace enabled Paul to live a life free to admit his own sins, his own shortcomings, his own anxieties…   and yet do so without bringing attention to self…

–              Before we Summarize — We are to admire the Great Grace that was upon Paul and not exalt Paul Himself…

Phil 2:13              for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.

The Take Home Message

By God’s Grace…

–        we should recognize and revel in the reality that God controls our future

–        selflessness is worthy of respect and we should seek grace to be selfless

–        we should live above our circumstances and live for God and others

–        we should sees ourselves as part of a team of fellow workers, soldiers, and ministers

–        we should live honestly and openly… free to show compassion for others

–        we can possess anxiety while still trusting the Lord… and should be free to admit such

–        we should pray for the Grace of God to give us the courage to admit our insecurities and our sin…

                                our security is in knowing God holds our future in His Loving Hands…

and we Praise Him!       

 

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