2015/08/16

腓立比書精義(4) 當以基督耶穌的心為心()

 經文:2:1 - 5

o    背誦經文  所以,在基督裏若有甚麼勸勉,愛心有甚麼安慰 聖靈有甚麼交通 心中有甚麼慈悲憐憫 你們就要意念相同,愛心相同,有一樣的心思,有一樣的意念,使我的喜樂可以滿足 (2:1-2)

      本章以『所以 (Therefore…)為開頭,表示是接著第一章的內容。基本上,在前一章的末了,保羅至少提到三件值得我們特別該注意的事

1)    彰顯基督』該是我們生活的目標

    o  ….只要凡事放膽,無論是生是死,總叫基督在我身上照常顯大(1:20)

2)    秘訣-藉著『活基督

o ….因我活著就是基督,我死了就有益處(1:21a)

3)             要同心且勇敢地面對一切必然有的爭戰與代價

o 同有一個心志,站立得穩凡事不怕敵人的驚嚇…(1:27-30)

 在這個前提下,保羅接著在第二章中勸勉腓立比教會的聖徒們要以基督耶穌的心為心』,在基督裡存著同樣降卑、捨己的心-『有一樣的心思,有一樣的意念』,彼此相助、扶持,一起來效法基督、彰顯基督

o   所以,在基督裏若有甚麼勸勉,愛心有甚麼安慰 聖靈有甚麼交通 心中有甚麼慈悲憐憫 你們就要意念相同,愛心相同,有一樣的心思,有一樣的意念,使我的喜樂可以滿足 (2:1-2)

      A)   要禁戒私己的野心

o  凡事不可結黨,不可貪圖虛浮的榮耀 (2:3a)

(Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit…)

B) 要存心謙卑,彼此尊重

o 只要存心謙卑,各人看別人比自己強 (2:3b)

( but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself)

C) 要學習彼此相顧

o  各人不要單顧自己的事 (或作:好處 – interests)也要顧別人的事(2:4)

 

 

The Essence of the Book of Philippians (4) “Having the Mind of Christ” (Part 1)

 

Scriptures: Phil 2: 1-5

Memorization Scripture: “Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.” (Phil 2 : 1-2)

This chapter begins with “Therefore”, meaning that it follows the contents of Chapter 1.  Basically, at the conclusion of the last chapter, Paul mentioned at least three things that warren our attention:

1)     “Magnifying Christ” should be the aim for our lives

a.     “… but with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death.” (1:20)

2)     The secret – through “Living out Christ”

a.     “For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” (1:21)

3)     In one accord courageously face the battles and sacrifices that comes naturally

a.     “… that you stand fast in one spirit, … and not in any way terrified by your adversaries …” (1:27-30)

Under these prefaces, Paul continues in chapter 2 to admonish the saints of the church of Philippi to “… have the mind of Christ”, to humble and to deny oneself as it is in Christ – “being like-minded, and of one mind.”  To help and support one another to be imitators of Christ as to magnify Christ:

“Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, 2 fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.” (Phil 2:1-2)

A)     Abstain from selfish ambitions

a.     “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit …” (Phil 2:3a)

B)     In lowliness of mind, respect one another

a.     “… but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.” (Phil 2:3b)

C)     Learn to care for one another

a.     Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.” (Phil 2:4)