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WELL DONE TO THOSE WHO HAVE DONE WELL
December 12, 1999
INTRODUCTION: In Matthew 25:21 we have the parable
of the talents.
Matt 25:21, "His lord said to him, 'Well done, good and
faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will
make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of
In Phil 4 the context deals with storing up for themselves
treasure in heaven (Matthew 6:20). The gifts they gave
to Paul were accruing eternal dividends to their spiritual
Prov 11:24-25, "There is one who scatters, yet increases
more; and there is one who withholds more than is right,
but it leads to poverty. The generous soul will be made
rich, and he who waters will also be watered himself."
Prov 19:17, "He who has pity on the poor lends to the
LORD, and He will pay back what he has given."
The context of this passage deals with the Giver, the
Getter, and God. It sheds light on how to Receive a gift,
how to Respond to God in giving, and the Redeemer's
promise concerning giving.
I. PAUL'S COMMENDATION FOR THEIR
FINANCIAL COMMITMENT. 14-16
A. GRATITUDE. 14
Paul was grateful for their involvement in his life.
Paul had thanked the Philippians for their gift (v.10) and
then had explained that with God's enabling he had
learned to adjust to circumstances of poverty and plenty.
In explaining how he had adjusted through God's help
and that he did not consider himself in need, Paul was
concerned that the Philippians not consider him
"Nevertheless, you have done well." - excellently or
nobly; you have done a beautiful thing.
It was important to Paul that they see that though the
Lord provides bountifully for the trusting saint, believers
have an important part to perform in the transaction.
It is important to remind ourselves that though God does
supply the believer's needs, He works throu ...
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