23 Dec 2018 Philippians (Program #54)

Philippians (Program #54) – A Life Full of Forbearance But Without Anxiety (1)

In our reading of the book of Philippians it might seem that Paul’s thought in chapter 4:1-7 is not nearly as high as what was expressed in the first three chapters. In chapter 1 for example he speaks of “living Christ and magnifying Him”. In chapter 2 of “taking Christ as our pattern and shining as light in the world and holding forth the word of life.”  And in chapter three “the excellency of the knowledge of Christ and pursuing toward the goal for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. But then in chapter 4 he uses the expressions that apparently seem quite ordinary. He says “rejoice in the Lord, let your forbearance be known to all man and in nothing be anxious.”  Suppose you are pursuing toward the goal for the prize and suddenly someone encourages you not to be anxious. Would you not consider this an interruption and say “I am pursuing Christ, I want to arrive at the out resurrection. Why talk to me about anxiety?”  Well, we are going to focus on this practical Christ reveal in chapter 4.

Many readers of the treasures in Philippians found in the first three chapters may be unconsciously come to this chapter and consider it to be a bit lower than the high things we have seen in the first three chapters. But our listeners are in for a real treat today. Especially when we see that the Christ reveal in this chapter may be the most practical of all. This is the first of five programs all under the title : a life full of forbearance without anxiety. And this topic concludes the life study of Philippians, a truly classic message.

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