Lesson No. 557
Philippians Chapter 2
"Work Out Your Own Salvation"

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Be humble like Christ
1 If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, 2 fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. 3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. 4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. 5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6 who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 but made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 9  Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Shine like lights in a dark world 12  Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. 13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. 14 Do all things without murmurings and disputings: 15 that ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; 16 holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain. 17 Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all. 18 For the same cause also do ye joy, and rejoice with me. Those who will soon come to you 19 But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timotheus shortly unto you, that I also may be of good comfort, when I know your state. 20 For I have no man likeminded, who will naturally care for your state. 21 For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ’s. 22 But ye know the proof of him, that, as a son with the father, he hath served with me in the gospel. 23 Him therefore I hope to send presently, so soon as I shall see how it will go with me. 24 But I trust in the Lord that I also myself shall come shortly. 25  Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, and companion in labour, and fellowsoldier, but your messenger, and he that ministered to my wants. 26 For he longed after you all, and was full of heaviness, because that ye had heard that he had been sick. 27 For indeed he was sick nigh unto death: but God had mercy on him; and not on him only, but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow. 28 I sent him therefore the more carefully, that, when ye see him again, ye may rejoice, and that I may be the less sorrowful. 29 Receive him therefore in the Lord with all gladness; and hold such in reputation: 30 because for the work of Christ he was nigh unto death, not regarding his life, to supply your lack of service toward me.

Lesson No.  557                    “Work Out Your Own Salvation"

Philippians Chapter 2                                                03/14/2021

1)      What does Paul say are the ‘consolations’ of being a Christian? (verses 1-2)

2)      Paul continues to teach sharing each others burdens in response to the one commandment in the New Testament (see verses 3-8).  How does he say we do that?

3)      Paul states the ‘position’ of our Lord and Savior in verses 9-11.  Who ‘exalted’ Him?  We know this now, but when will the non-believers see know this?

4)      A current theme in our church right now is given in verses 12-16!  Do we understand that grace is a free gift for all who believe, and after we are ‘saved by grace’ as Paul says….we all must ‘work out our own salvation with fear and trembling’?  What does that mean?

5)      Verse 16 should be our motto…running the race and not running in vain.

6)      Do we see our lives in service as a sacrifice to the Lord?  (verses 17-18)  Where is the joy found for both Paul and the church?  Do we have ‘joy’ in the service of each other in our body of believers?

7)      Paul tells them of his plans to send Timothy in his place to visit the church (verses 19-23).  What credential does he give them regarding Timothy?   Does Paul need to give more of a ‘resume’ than this?

8)      We know about Timothy, but what about this Epaphroditus?  (verse 25)

9)      What did he do for Paul, and what does Paul want him to do for the church in Philippi and the church for Epaphroditus?  (verses 26, 29, 30)

10)  Verse 25, 27, and 28 describe church love for our brothers and sisters in Christ; this is what the fruits of righteousness from Jesus Christ look like!

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