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Paul's Epistle to the Philippians Chapter 3:17-21
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The Saints and The Aint’s - Philippians 3:17-21
17 Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark
them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.
Paul appealed to the believers to be followers
together of him. Paul had just finished describing
himself as an example of one who is running for the
prize. Then he continues his letter, urging these
saints to imitate him, to be followers together of
him. Paul is commanding them to do this. Paul
commanded the believers to stop imitating others who
were NOT doing them any good, spiritual speaking, and
to imitate him. This is a truth that we need to
desperately apply today. We need to surround ourselves
with Godly and faithful examples and to stop imitating
people who are not edifying our lives spiritually
2nd Thessalonians 3:6-9
6 Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our
Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from
every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after
the tradition which he received of us.
7 For yourselves know how ye OUGHT TO FOLLOW US: for
we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you;
8 Neither did we eat any man’s bread for nought; but
wrought with labour and travail night and day, that we
might not be chargeable to any of you:
9 Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves
AN ENSAMPLE UNTO YOU TO FOLLOW US.
The Philippians were to use Paul and his group as
standards to imitate, and all others were to be set
against the standard. The believers were to, "mark
them". They were not to be indifferent towards them or
ignore them, hoping the problem was going away. They
were to mark them, meaning—to scope them out! Paul
will explain why very clearly in the closing verses of
18 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and
now tell you even weeping, [that they are] the enemies
of the cros ...
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