Philippians

Philippians

Dr J Stewart Gillespie

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Philippians chapter 2 verses 5 to 17 - The Cost The Cross and the Crown - J Stewart Gillespie  

3 practical applications of the mind of Christ: 

To be great means to be gracious 
The sinner does not justify the sacrifice, the sacrifice justifies the sinner! 
You won’t lose at the altar! 

Many of the NT epistles are specialist epistles: 

Romans – gospel, justification by faith 
1 Corinthians – sanctification and some church truth 
Ephesians – Christ and the church 
Colossians – Christ and the occult 
2 Peter and Revelation – prophetic 

Philippians is very much a generalist 

Deals with the entire Christian…

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I see the Cross - Philippians chapter 2 vs 8 - JS Gillespie  

God is the master of tethering together 

In each of the spheres of human experience, God holds together. 

“by Him all things consist” (Col 1:17) 

Consist: 4921: ‘συνίστημι’: set together 

In the sphere of the: 

Universe – gravity 
Atom – electrostatic forces, nuclear forces 
Biology – ICAMs 
Relationship – love – the perfecting bond of unity; ‘together glue of perfection’ (Col 3:14) 

So too the word of God, not multiple tiny disconnected, incoherent pieces, but one consistent story from beginning to end…

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Philippians chp 2 verse 7 - Christ the Man who Served - JS Gillespie  

The attributes of God are the attributes of Jesus: 

All powerful (Matt 28:18) 
All knowing : “… Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.”(John 21:17) 
Everywhere “Nathanael saith unto him, Whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered and said unto him, Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee.”  (John 1:48) 
Eternal: “Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.” (John 8:58) 
Unchanging…

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Philippians chp 2 verse 7 - Christ the Man who Served - JS Gillespie  

The attributes of God are the attributes of Jesus: 

All powerful (Matt 28:18) 
All knowing : “… Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.”(John 21:17) 
Everywhere “Nathanael saith unto him, Whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered and said unto him, Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee.”  (John 1:48) 
Eternal: “Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.” (John 8:58) 
Unchanging…

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Philippians chapter 1 verses 12 to 18 - Coping with the Crises - J Stewart Gillespie  

It is one of the great causes of concern / stress when circumstances in life are changed out with our control! 

When circumstances are changed out with our control – people often react by attempting to return the circumstances back to a familiar norm, they often fail, increasing still further their anxiety. 

With that in mind an American Bible teacher many years ago phrased the serenity prayer: 

               ‘God give me the courage to change the things I can change 

               The serenity to accept…

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