WE ARE TO BE SHINING LIGHTS
August 8, 1999
INTRODUCTION: Having told the Philippian believers to
work out, or express, the salvation that was in them with
a passion to please the Lord Jesus Christ, Paul then
spelled out how this could be done. Practical Christianity
is about to become even more practical. If the
unbelieving world is to see the outworking of the already
inward salvation, it is necessary that believers affirm and
simulate the blessed Word of God.
I. OUR BEHAVIOR. 14
This verse provides a lifetime goal for the believer. The
difficulty of this verse is not how to understand the
English, or even the Greek, but how to put into practice
what Paul gave as an imperative if the unbelieving world
is to be attracted to the Lord Jesus Christ.
In the Green N.T. "all" stands first in the sentence,
emphasizing that nothing is excluded.
"Do" is present tense, emphasizing a practice, a
continually doing something. This is to be the believer's
way of life, the way the Christian works out, or expresses
A. WITHOUT MURMURINGS.
Means grumbling; complaining, muttering. The person
who is characterized by a complaining attitude is not
properly expressing the salvation he possesses;
therefore, he is not attracting unbelievers to Jesus Christ.
1 Cor 10:10-11, "nor complain, as some of them also
complained, and were destroyed by the destroyer.
Now all these things happened to them as examples, and
they were written for our admonition, on whom the ends
of the ages have come."
Murmurings also refer to the undercurrents of undertone
often heard in whisperings and gossip.
Undercurrents -- dangerous in oceans (beware). They
are also dangerous in the church. They will pull you in
and suck you under.
B. WITHOUT ARGUING.
Normally, where there's grumbling, arguing will follow.
Translates open debates (business conferences),
disputing. Both ...
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