Monday, January 18, 2010

Philippians 1: Share The Mind Of Christ By Abounding In Love

Theme: You should share Christ's mind.

1. By abounding in love (1)

Chapter one describes a "mind" of love, which abounds in wisdom, approves those things which are excellent, stays sincere (single in motive) and blameless, and bears the fruit of righteousness.  

Even from prison, Paul rejoices because of the Philippians participation, with him, in the gospel ministry.  Confident that God would continue to work in them, he prayed their love would abound more and more in real knowledge and discernment, so they would approve the things that are excellent.  The result of this discerning love is that they test their motives, approve the single motive of love, and thus stay sincere and blameless, being filled with the fruit of Christ's righteousness (1-11; cf. John 15:1-17).

An example of this seems to be in the motive with which one preaches the gospel.  Because of Paul's imprisonment, he got a chance to witness to Roman authorities and soldiers.  Other christians were also becoming bold to preach Christ.  Some preached out of a sense of envy and rivalry, hoping to make things worse for Paul, but others, with pure motives, preached Christ out of love, knowing that Paul was appointed for the defense of the gospel. In either case, Paul rejoiced that Christ was being preached, and that whether he lived or died, Christ would be exalted through his ministry (12-26).

In contrast to serving God out of selfish ambition (17), abounding in love, then, seems to involve testing your motives, approving the single motive of love, and striving in this attitude (without being alarmed by your opponents [28]), together with other believers, for the faith of the gospel (27-28).

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The Gospel

Have you heard Christ died for our sins, and God raised Him from the dead? Did you know God saves you from hell and gives you eternal life through faith in this finished work alone, not your merits (Jn. 3:16; 1 Cor. 15:1-3; Eph. 2:8-10; 2 Thess. 1:8-9)? This is so man cannot boast, and God alone gets the glory (Eph. 2:8-9).


The grand purpose of creation is to bring glory and pleasure to God in Christ (Eph. 1:1-10; Rev. 4:11). The gospel of Christ's death and resurrection for our sins, achieves this goal by magnifying God's grace and mercy towards undeserving sinners. The purpose of faithguard, is to glorify God, by defending and confirming the gospel of Jesus Christ.