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February 3rd, 2018 - Phil 3:17-18

                   Daily Devotional <> February 3, 2018 <> Saturday

                    Follow my example <> Philippians 3:17-18

                       Point of Contact <> Bro. Ben Van Winkle

 

   Paul encourages the Philippians to be imitators of himself. It is a tribute to his life that he could ever write such words. We often hear the expression “Do as I say, not as I do.” This was not so with the Apostle, Paul. He could hold up his own life as a model of full devotion to Christ & His cause.

   Paul considered himself the recipient of God's mercy that he might be a “pattern” his whole life after his conversion, was dedicated to presenting to others an outline sketch of what a Christian should be. God saved Paul in order that he might show his conversion as an example of what Jesus Christ did for him. He did it for him & will do it for others. Was this not the object of what the Lord had in mind for you & me? I believe, like Paul, that God has saved us to be a pattern for all future believers. Are you, are we, serving as examples of those who have been saved? We must say may it be so!

   And note those who so walk, as you have us for a pattern. This refers to anyone who is living the same kind of life that Paul lived. It means to have someone as an example, that their life is such an example that you can follow in their footsteps.

   Just as V:17 describes those we should follow, this next passage tells us who we should not follow. These men are not specifically identified. Whether they were the Judaizing false teachers in (V:2) or professed Christian teachers who turned liberty into a license, or used grace for a excuse for sin, he does not say.

   Paul had warned the people about these men, & now he does it with weeping. But, why the tears? Because of the harm these men among churches of God. Because of the lives they have ruined. Because they were not presenting a clear meaning of the cross. And because at the same time true love weeps even when denouncing the of the cross of Christ, just as the Lord weeps over the city of Jerusalem.

    This is as severe a condemnation as you can find of those who profess to be Christians. They claim to be Christians, but yet they contradict that statement by the way they live. This is a terrible thing, they are led by their appetites whether it is food, money or other material things. The basic cause of this is that they have their hearts & minds on earthly things. These folks live for self & self only, & actually get glory from this. They are proud of what they should be ashamed of. If you trusted Christ, & had an experience as he did, Chris will absorb your thinking.