Bowing For Salvation Or Condemnation

Which will you do? When you bow before King Jesus will it be for salvation or condemnation? Those are the only two choices offered to us. The former is a choice you make here on earth; the latter a command you will have to obey. Why? Paul tells us:

    “Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:9-11)

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The Benefit Of His Death

Well “next time” ended being quite some time. I appreciate your patience and pray you had a blessed Thanksgiving. Karen and I had a quiet one at home, enjoying the weekend. We look forward to Christmas when both the girls will be home, including our son-in-law Ben and our precious grandson Benjamin.

So we left off trying to envision how a humbled life looks like. You’ve no doubt already guessed whose life we can look at, yet let’s read our Scripture passage for today:

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Suffering For Christ

Suffering comes with the territory of being a Christian. That’s how we ended yesterday. In today’s NTFV gospel (New Touchy-Feely Version), suffering is not high on the topics of finding your best life now. But hey, don’t get upset with me, your beef is with the Apostle Paul and the Holy Spirit.

    “For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake, having the same conflict which you saw in me and now hear is in me.” (Philippians 1:29-30)

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Striving For Christ

My pastor likes to you the term “stickability.” It’s a clever term for steadfastness. The Random House Dictionary defines steadfastness as “fixed in direction; steadily directed; firm in purpose, resolution, faith, attachment; unwavering; firmly established. If you say someone is steady it means that is a person on which you can be depend. When it comes to our faith being steady, it means we do not veer to the left or the right but we remain on the straight and narrow. Easier said than done!

So how do we remain steadfast? How do we attain “stickability”? Consider it a target and like any target you have to aim at it. Paul encouraged the Philippian church to aim for the target of steadfastness:

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Living Like Paul (Part 2)

It is at times very tempting to give up and say, “Now Lord, come now.” But we are not given that option. We can long for heaven all the while preparing for it. And not only preparing for ourselves, but also and more importantly, reaping many souls for Jesus. This is the joy of the Christian life here on earth. That is what Paul is saying in today’s passage:

    “For I am hard-pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better. Nevertheless to remain in the flesh is more needful for you. And being confident of this, I know that I shall remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy of faith, that your rejoicing for me may be more abundant in Jesus Christ by my coming to you again.” (Philippians 1:23-26)

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Living Like Paul (Part 1)

When we go through tough times, are there some things we can know for sure? Of course there are many things we cannot know in the midst of trials and tribulations. The Apostle Paul answers our question, “yes.”

    “For I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayer and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, according to my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I cannot tell.” (Philippians 1:19-22)

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Preaching Like Paul (Part 2)

As Christians what should we do about the peddlers and shysters preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ? Well, what did the Apostle Paul do? He rejoiced…

    “Some indeed preach Christ even from envy and strife, and some also from goodwill: The former preach Christ from selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my chains; but the latter out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel. What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is preached; and in this I rejoice, yes, and will rejoice.” (Philippians 1:15-18)

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Preaching Like Paul (Part 1)

Picking up where we last left off, we learned how to love like Paul. Now we are going to learn how to preach like Paul. Well Bro Dave I’m not so sure how this can apply to my life since I am not a preacher. Well hold that thought and let’s look at our passage from Paul’s letter to the Philippian Church:

    “But I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel, so that it has become evident to the whole palace guard, and to all the rest, that my chains are in Christ; and most of the brethren in the Lord, having become confident by my chains, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.” (Philippians 1:12-14)

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