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Series: Joy Book
Paul begins this section by saying, "Finally, my brethren." Every time I read that statement of Paul, keep in mind that this is a preacher talking, I think about the father who brought his 5-year-old son into big church for the first time. He had never seen some of the things that were going on. The preacher got up and put on his glasses and the little boy said, "Daddy, what does that mean?" He said, "Son, that means that the preacher is getting ready to read the Scripture."
Then the preacher preached along for a while and took off his coat. The little boy asked, "Daddy, what does that mean?" He said, "That means that the preacher is really, really preaching."
Then in a little while, the preacher took off his watch and said, "Finally, brethren." The little boy said, "Daddy, what does that mean?" He said, "Not a thing, Son. Not a thing."
Keep in mind that these are the words of the Apostle Paul. "Finally, my brethren." He says it again in chapter 4, verse 8. He says, "Finally, brethren."
Actually what Paul is doing here is literally saying, "As for the rest." He is moving to new themes, new subjects.
He begins by giving a series of repetitions. Repetition is one of the greatest things to teach. By repetition we learn things. We get things on our mind.
He repeats this theme. He says, "Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord." It's like the ringing of a bell all through the book of Philippians. Rejoice. Joy.
You will notice that he gives us the source of real joy when he says, "Rejoice in the Lord." Then three times he says in verse 2, "Beware." Like the clanging of a gavel, three times he says, "Beware." He says, "Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision." He is referring here to false teachers, those who are teaching some other way of salvation.
Paul gets in a real dig here because they were claiming that it ...
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