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Stand Fast and Rejoice (12 of 15)
The Book of Philippians: A Verse By Verse Study
In our lesson last week we examined (vv. 15-21), concerning our walk in the faith and our continued walk toward the goal of perfection (vv. 15, 16). Of course, we understand that we will not be perfect (complete) until we reach the other side--but it is our goal (vs. 12). This is what the Christian life is, the life-long walk toward heaven.
This evening we begin our study of chapter four with three points:
I. The Reason for Standing
II. The Reason for Uniting
III. The Reason for Rejoicing
I. THE REASON FOR STANDING
Because of Jesus. Please notice the first word in (vs. 4), "Therefore." The word "therefore" takes us back to the previous verses--particularly, (vv. 20, 21). Let's read these two verses once again.
Paul is saying, "Because Jesus is coming for us, because our home is in heaven, because we will have a new body like His, then we have the encouragement we need to "stand." Jesus is the reason!
1 Cor. 16:13, "Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong." The phrase "quite you like men," means "be a man or be manly."
When I become a little weary in the ministry, when I feel like sitting instead of standing, I remind myself of what I have in Christ. Because of Him, I can stand. Because of Jesus, I am willing to stand, and because of Jesus (with His help) I will stand.
ILLUS: Monday was Memorial Day. It is a day our nation has set aside to honor those who have given of themselves to defend our country. Many of our war heroes are still alive, but many of them have died in past wars. We owe them a debt of gratitude--we owe them a great deal.
The question is; "Why did they die? Why were they willing to place their lives on the line?" It is for one reason; they died for freedom. The cause of freedom is what made these brave men women willing to stand in bat ...
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