God’s Good Work in Us-Philippians 1:1-11

Philippians 1:1-11 “Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, To all the saints in Christ Jesus at Philippi, together with the overseers and deacons: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart; for whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me. God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus. And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ — to the glory and praise of God.”
Filippesi 1:1-11 Paolo e Timoteo, servi di Cristo Gesù, a tutti i santi in Cristo Gesù che sono in Filippi, con i vescovi e con i diaconi: grazia a voi e pace da Dio nostro Padre e dal Signore Gesù Cristo. 3 Io ringrazio il mio Dio di tutto il ricordo che ho di voi; e sempre, in ogni mia preghiera per tutti voi, prego con gioia a motivo della vostra partecipazione al vangelo, dal primo giorno fino ad ora. E ho questa fiducia: che colui che ha cominciato in voi un’opera buona, la condurrà a compimento fino al giorno di Cristo Gesù. Ed è giusto che io senta così di tutti voi, perché io vi ho nel cuore, voi tutti che, tanto nelle mie catene quanto nella difesa e nella conferma del vangelo, siete partecipi con me della grazia. Infatti Dio mi è testimone come io vi ami tutti con affetto profondo in Cristo Gesù. E prego che il vostro amore abbondi sempre più in conoscenza e in ogni discernimento, 10 perché possiate apprezzare le cose migliori, affinché siate limpidi e irreprensibili per il giorno di Cristo, 11 ricolmi di frutti di giustizia che si hanno per mezzo di Gesù Cristo, a gloria e lode di Dio.
     The Epistle to the Philippians is probably the most personal one from Paul who writes from prison encouraging the believers to continue on in their faith by flavoring their life with a desire to continue on in God and in the joy of the Lord. Fourteen times he mentions the various aspects of joy in the Lord in this short four chapter letter.

Let’s focus our attention on verses 4-6 followed by verses 9-10. In these first verses, Paul’s prayer is that the good work of God would continue in them. The beginning always starts with God since the completion of the calling is at the coming of Christ. There will always be spiritual work to be done but it can only be completed by the One who began it.

The second set of verses is a prayer of application. How does God continue His good work in us? Paul gives us some of the most practical aspects of living out our completion in Christ. He begins with the basic truth that our love for others should abound. It should go without saying but the reminder is still important because it is the basis of what follows knowledge and insight. 2 Tim. 1:12 echoes this, “because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day.” Our love must be accompanied with knowledge and insight or it can lose its way and be deceived.

     Paul concludes these thoughts by saying that out of love and knowledge should flow the fruit of righteousness. Marching toward God’s completing work requires us to love God and others based on a discerning knowledge that will produce His fruit of righteousness in us. How is the completion process going in your life?
Pray with me: Lord, I know that Your work in me is a process that will be completed when I see You. Help me to always desire Your completion plan of love, knowledge, insight and Your righteous fruit at work in me.

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