WE ARE TO BE SHINING LIGHTS
Feb. 9, 2003
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 simulate the blessed Word of God.
I. OUR BEHAVIOR. 14
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
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.
A. WITHOUT MURMURINGS.
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
1 Cor 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.
UNDERCURRENTS - dangerous in oceans (beware). They
are also dangerous in the church. They will PULL you
in and SUCK you under.
B. WITHOUT ARGUING.
Normally, where there's grumbling, arguing will
follow. Translates open debates (business
conferences), disputing. Both ...
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