by Harley Howard

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Paul's Epistle to the Philippians Chapter 3:1-7
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Harley Howard

The Uselessness of Religion apart from Christ

1 Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write
the same things to you, to me indeed [is] not
grievous, but for you [it is] safe.

The word finally in this verse does not mean that Paul
is concluding his epistle, but it means, "as far as
the rest of the things I have left to write to you
about," be exceedingly glad. This church had much to
rejoice about and Paul commands them to "keep on
rejoicing in the Lord." This is very significant as it
relates to the following verses, because many were
traveling about telling converts to Christ that saving
faith in Christ was not sufficient to save, and that
believers had to become involved with Judaism and
Mosaic ritual. Paul is saying to this church that
CHRIST WAS ALL THAT THEY NEEDED and they could rejoice
in that fact. As Paul told the Colossians in chapter

"And in HIM you have been MADE COMPLETE, and He is the
head over all rule and authority;"

The Philippians needed nothing else or no one else
because they could rejoice in being complete, and
notice if you please that Paul did NOT say, rejoice in
what the Lord gives you or does for you, but rejoice
in THE LORD, PERIOD. He went on to say to the Church
that he had already written to them about what he’s
going to remind them of in VERSES 2 AND ON. He said
that it was not tedious for him to address this issue
again, but for them it was a necessity.

The Church at Philippi was a great Church. It was a
growing and always obedient Church. It was a Church
that no doubt could rejoice and the fellowship was
tremendous as seen in the relationship between
Epaphroditus and the Church itself, for example. For
all intents and purposes, this Church was on the move
spiritually. But satan and his evil workers always
pose a problem to any Church, but especially a Church
such a ...

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