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Walking Toward Heaven (11 of 15)
The Book of Philippians: A Verse By Verse Study
The title of our message last week was "The Power of His Resurrection." We talked about the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings (vs. 10). Tonight, we turn our attention to Paul's lesson in (vv. 15-21), dealing with our walk in the faith and our continued walk toward the goal of perfection (completion) which, of course, is heaven. We will not be perfect until we reach the other side--it is our goal (vs. 12). This is what the Christian life is, isn't it? It is a life-long walk toward heaven.
Consider three things:
I. Our Walk Is a Walk of Agreement
II. Our Walk Is a Walk of Awareness
III. Our Walk Is a Walk of Anticipation
I. OUR WALK IS A WALK OF AGREEMENT
Please notice the first part of verse fifteen, "Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded." It means "those who would be perfect, or "those who desire to be perfect." Agreement comes from unity of purpose. In (vv. 13, 14), Paul said, "Forgetting those things that are behind...I press toward the mark for the high calling of God in Christ Jesus."
So, then, the purpose to which Paul referred is "the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." This was his purpose in life, and it is to be our purpose in life. That's why he goes on to say in (vs. 15), "Let us therefore, as man as would be perfect, be thus minded."
Our walk toward heaven must be a walk of agreement, and that agreement will come from having the same purpose or goal--we must be unified in this.
You may say, "Well, Pastor, I thought all Christians were unified in their objective and purpose in life?" You and I know that simply is not true. Many Christians are side-tracked in life. Many Christians are lazy--they do nothing for the Lord. Many Christians are preoccupied in life. Many Christians are satisfied with where they are in their sp ...
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