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Day 17 – Philippians 3:15-18
Categories: Don’s Daily Devotions
Fri 29th May – Read Philippians 3:15-18
V15: Paul says all mature believers should think like this – with the same awareness, desire and priorities he has just spoken of. Do we, I wonder? But he is confident that if any do not see things so clearly yet, God will reveal it to them, in His grace. He does this through His Word and the ministry of the Holy Spirit.
V16: Above all, there must be no falling back. We must hold fast to the truth of God’s Word and to the Lord Himself – always by His own enabling grace.
V17: He calls the Philippians, and us, to follow his example, and that of other faithful believers ( like Timothy and Epaphroditus, in ch 2.) The “walk” is a frequent image of the Christian life for Paul – it speaks of our whole manner of life. May we look to and seek to follow good examples – and seek God’s enabling to BE good examples.
V18: By contrast, he warns them again against those whom he calls ” enemies of the cross”, meaning here not the openly hostile but those who profess to be Christians, even to teach others, yet actually depart from, and thus deny the truth, those he has spoken of back in verse 2. May we have true discernment, to know the truth and reject the influence of those who depart from it, whatever they profess.