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January 20th, 2018 - Phil 2:13-16

                      Daily Devotional <> January 20, 2018 <> Saturday

                      Shine as lights in this world - 2 <> Philippians 2:13-16

                             Point of Contact <> Bro. Ben Van Winkle

 

   Paul reminds them that it is possible for them to work out their Salvation, because it is God who works in them both to will & to do for His good pleasure. This means that it is God who puts within us the desire to do His will in the first place. Then He also gives us that little mustard seed faith to begin to carry out this desire.

   Here again we have the merging of the divine & the human. In one sense we are called on to work out our Salvation. But on the other hand, it is only God who can enable us to do it. We must do our part, & God will do His. (However, this does not apply to the forgiveness of sins, or the new birth. Redemption is wholly the work of God. We simply believe & enter in).

   As we do God's good pleasure we should do it without grumbling or questioning it: “Not somehow, but triumphantly.”

   By not complaining or having disputes with others, we may be blameless & harmless. To be blameless means that no charge can be waged against us (Daniel 6:4). A blameless person may sin, but he apologizes, confesses, & makes it right whenever & wherever possible. To be blameless here means to be sincere or without deceit.

   Children of God should be without fault in the midst of a crooked & perverse generation. By having lives without fault, God's children will stand out even more clearly against the dark background of this world.

   This allows Paul to think of them as lights in a dark night. The darker the night, the brighter the light appears. Christians are light bearers. They cannot create any light but they can reflect the glory of the Lord so that others may see Jesus in them.

   Holding fast to the Word of life. As lights we shine, but that does not excuse us from witnessing with our voices. There should be the twofold testimony of life & lips. If the Philippians fulfill these functions, Paul knows he will have some grounds for glorying in the day of Christ. Paul feels he has a responsibility not only to see souls saved but to present every man perfect in Christ. (Colossians 1:28)

   The day of Christ refers to the day of His return & the judgment of the believer's service (1:6, 10). If the Philippians are faithful in their labor for the Lord, it will be evident in that day that Paul's service had not been in vain.