We Are to Be Shining Lights
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 emulate the blessed Word of God.
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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 his salvation.
1. I go to church.
2. I am to be the church; His body.
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 Corinthians 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.
''Glory Stealer'' (Ephesians 3:20-21)
Undercurrents - dangerous in oceans (beware). They are also dangerous in the church. They will pull you in and suck you under.
Normally, where there's grumbling, arguing will follow. Translates open debates ...
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