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November 21 - Morning

"Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you 
to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.
Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that
you may become blameless and pure, 'children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.' Then you will shine among them
like stars in the sky
 as you hold firmly to the word
of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain.

- Philippians 2:12-16

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Work Out Your Salvation Until You Shine Like Stars in This Crooked Generation    

The believers in the church of Philippi already have salvation and are children of God headed to heaven, but Paul tells them to “continue to work out your salvation.” This is not a works based salvation, but is instead a striving for maturity and production in this life.

Notice what Paul says concerning right now in time, “for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.” God desires to manifest his life, his light, his truth, his character, his will, his way, etc. in the lives of these Philippian believers.

Salvation gives the Philippians access to eternal life and it gives God access to their souls through the Holy Spirit and the Word. Now, in time, Paul says they are to “continue” the process of salvation by manifesting it in their daily lives. Paul tells them to “work out your salvation.” This phrase is the present tense, imperative mood of the Greek word kaergazomai. The present tense conveys continuous or habitual action. The imperative mood is the mood of command. In other words, Paul is giving the Philippians a command to habitually be working out their salvation. The Greek word kaergazomai means “to work out,” “to work on to the finish.” The Lingusitic and Exegetical Key to the Greek New Testament says, “Preposition in compound is perfective and views the linear progress down to the goal: ‘work on to the finish.’ ” So, the goal of the Christian life is to progressively work the eternal salvation that you have been given through faith in Jesus Christ into your daily life. This is spiritual growth that results in phases of maturity in the believer.

Paul advises the Philippians on a couple of things that will help/hinder them in their pursuit of this spiritual growth and maturity:

  1. Grumbling or Not Grumbling
  2. Arguing or Not Arguing

‘Not grumbling’ and ‘not arguing’ seems fairly simple, and not necessarily overly spiritual, but if they can rise above this pagan style of interaction with others in their daily lives the Philippian believers will be on their way to becoming, “blameless and pure children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.”

Paul says the Philippian believers should shine among the people of their generation like stars in the sky while they continue to hold onto the Word of God for their own selves and for their generation.

“Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life.”

Paul hopes that they will mature and produce in life so that the Philippian believers, and Paul himself, will be rewarded and commended by Jesus Christ on the day of the bema seat judgment.

                “Then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain.”

The Philippians eternal salvation was important to Paul, but it was also foremost in Paul’s mind and a focal point of his ministry that once the Philippians became believers in Jesus Christ they were assisted in reaching maturity and were enabled to live in their generation as stars shining in the sky.

  Christian Quote from Church History

"It is the simple truth to say that the New Testament books became canonical because no one could
stop them doing so."
-William Barclay




Something to Ponder??

"Evolution is a theory universally accepted NOT because it can be proven by logically coherent evidence to be true, but because the only alternative, special creation,
is clearly incredible."
(Watson, "Adaptation," Nature, 124:233, 1929)

"So it's not a question of biased religious creationists versus objective scientific evolutionists; rather, it is the biases of the Christian religion versus the biases of the religion of secular humanism resulting in different interpretations of the same scientific data." (Sarfari, "Refuting Evolution," 1999)

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information


'Asherah (Hb) - Wooden Image (Eng) - the Hebrew word 'asherah means "wooden image."
'Asherah was a wooden image that represented the mother goddess, Asherah, who was worshipped by the Canaanites and also by their contemporaries to the north in Syria, according to ancient texts of the city of Ugarit in Syria. Gideon, Hezekiah and Josiah cut down 'asherah (wooden poles/images) but Manasseh, king of Judah, set one up inside the Temple of God in Jerusalem.


The judgment seat or bema (Gr.), where Paul was tried in Corinth according to the book of Acts18:12-17 has been excavated. Paul refers to a future day when we will stand before the bema of Jesus in his second letter to the Corinthians (2 Cor.5:10)

(more info and photos here)

Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Do I pursue spiritual growth and maturity, or am I just glad I'm saved and not going to hell?
I will rejoice in my eternal salvation, but I will strive to mature and produce spiritual fruit as
I reflect in this world the glorious salvation God has given to me.
  "He who pursues righteousness and love
finds life, prosperity and honor."
Proverbs 21:21
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Robinson's Arch, Jerusalem Nehemiah's Wall in Jerusalem 445 BC
The water running on the floor of Hezekiah's Tunnel from the Gihon Springs through a 1,750 tunnel cut in 701 BC through the bedrock under the ancient of Jerusalem. (click on image for larger size) The road along the Western Wall from the days of the
New Testament is roughly traced out from the NW corner
of the Temple Mount down Mount Moriah to the
Pool of Siloam on this photo of a model of Jerusalem.
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