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Philippians 1:6, 27

Philippians 1:6, 27

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1. Observation of Philippians 1:6

(a) Philippians 1:6 and Genesis 1–2 have several conceptual similarities
(b) When a believer receives Jesus in his/her life, God begins a good work in them (new creation—ex nihilo)—what was formless and void was transformed into “good” creation
(c) God works invisibly through His Word, Fellowship, and God the Holy Spirit
(d) The end goal of God’s good work is transformation in to His Son’s likeness

2. Duration of His work

(a) The words “begin” and “completion” have several stages “beginning” and “completion”
(b) The definition of the word is: “to bring about a result according to plan or objective”
(c) The beginning has happened and the end is assured (what about the middle?)
(d) What an encouragement that the end is already known. It is a motivation for me to try, re-try, move forward, … (don’t leave the operating table until the surgeon sews you up)
(e) Christians are not thrown to exist in the temporalness, but God works towards completion (God does not quit in the middle)

3. Process of His Work (2:12)

(a) To will (re-energizing power Isaiah 40:30? – are you a quitter?)
(b) To act
(c) Between the beginning and the end, there will be several microcosmic changes

4. Evidence of His Work

(a) Formation of a Gospel Community—Lydia, slave girl, jailor, Euodia, Syntyche, Clement, etc.
(b) Fellowship in God’s work (This is exactly God wanted in Genesis 1-2)
(c) Loosing to self—To live is Christ; to die is gain (Philippians 1:21)
(d) Whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead (Philippians 3:7-11)

5. Take Away (Life while God’s new creation work is in progress)

Live in consistency with the Gospel (1:27)