Tag: Philippians 2:12-16

Shining like stars in a dark world!

Scripture reading for September 2nd:  Philippians 2

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  Philippians 2:12-16  “Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed–not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence–continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose.  Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe, as you hole out the word of life–in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing.” 

Paul urged the Philippian believers to obey the Lord Jesus and the word of God and the Holy Spirit with a holy respect and awe of God’s great work on our behalf.  Jesus Christ, Himself, is our great example of humble obedience, even unto death on the cross.  He did this amazing work of total obedience without grumbling or complaining and so should His followers.  In fact, believers’ lives should contrast the world and culture that they live in as much as stars shine out against the darkness of the night sky!  Paul stated that their holy lives of obedience to Christ and the great commission would validate his own efforts on their behalf.

Observations for over-comers:  We are saved by God’s grace alone through Christ’s sacrifice but work out that salvation through lives of growing obedience as God works in us by Word and Holy Spirit.  “The Lord Almighty is the One you are to regard as holy, He is the one you are to fear, He is the one you are to dread, and He will be a sanctuary;. . .” (Isaiah 8:13-14a)

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