腓立比書精義(6) 當以基督耶穌的心為心()

 經文:2:12-30

 背誦經文  12 這樣看來,我親愛的 弟兄,你們既是常順服的,不但我在你們那裏,就是我如今不在你們那裏,更是順服的,就當恐懼戰兢做成你們得救的工夫 13 因為你們立志行事都是 神在你們心裏運行,為要成就祂的美意(2:12-13)

續前】:要認識並效法基督,存心謙卑、捨己、順服,一切的生活、事奉與言行全為著能『榮神益人

A)  我們該有的回應與態度  (2:12-16a)

1)    效法基督的順服,恐懼戰兢,做成我們得救的工夫

12這樣看來,我親愛的 弟兄,你們既是常順服的,不但我在你們那裏,就是我如今不在你們那裏,更是順服的,就當恐懼戰兢做成你們得救的工夫 13因為你們立志()行事都是 神在你們心裏運行,為要成就祂的美意 (2:12-13)

2)    將生命的道表明出來

 14 凡所行的,都不要發怨言,起爭論 15 使你們無可指摘,誠實無偽,在這彎曲悖謬的世代作 神無瑕疵的兒女。你們顯在這世代中,好像明光照耀,16 將生命的道表明出來…(14-16a)

B)  保羅對腓立比教會的期許與獻身

叫我在基督的日子好誇我沒有空跑,也沒有徒勞 17 我以你們的信心為供獻的祭物,我若被澆奠在其上,也是喜樂,並且與你們眾人一同喜樂 18 你們也要照樣喜樂,並且與我一同喜樂(16b-18)

C)  保羅與同工們所立的榜樣 (2:19-30)

a)    效法基督的捨己-全然為主而活

 21別人都求自己的事,並不求耶穌基督的事。 22 但你們知道提摩太的明證;他興旺福音,與我同勞…(v21-22)

29…你們要在主裏歡歡樂樂地接待他,而且要尊重這樣的人 30 因他為做基督的工夫,幾乎至死,不顧性命,要補足你們供給我的不及之處(29-30)

b)    效法基督的謙卑-彼此關懷,同心同行

 22 …(提摩太)興旺福音,與我同勞,待我像兒子待父親一樣(22)

       25(以巴弗提)是我的兄弟,與我一同做工,一同當兵,是你們所差遣的,也是供給我需用的 26 他很想念你們眾人,並且極其難過,因為你們聽見他病了 27 他實在是病了,幾乎要死;然而 神憐恤他,不但憐恤他,也憐恤我,免得我憂上加憂 28 所以我越發急速打發他去,叫你們再見他,就可以喜樂,我也可以少些憂愁(25-28)

 

The Essence of the Book of Philippians (6):

“Having the Mind of Christ” (Part 2)

 

Scriptures: Phil 2:12-30

Memorization Scripture: “Therefore, my beloved, as you 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; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.” (Phil 2:12-13)

Intro: Knowing and imitating Christ, with a heart of humility, self-denial, and obedience, such that the details of our lives [services, speech and actions] would glorify God and bless people

A.     Our reasonable response and attitude. (2:12-16a)

a.     Imitate the obedience of Christ - work out your own salvation with fear and trembling

“Therefore, my beloved, as you 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; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.” (Phil 2:12-13)

b.     Holding fast [make known] the word of life

Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life … (14-16a)

B.     Paul’s expectations and devotions for the Philippian church

so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.  Yes, and if I am being poured out as a drink offering on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. For the same reason you also be glad and rejoice with me. (16b-18)

C.     The examples established by Paul and his coworkers

a.     Imitate Christ in His self-denial: living wholly for the Lord

For all seek their own, not the things which are of Christ Jesus. 22 But you know his [Timothy] proven character, that as a son with his father he served with me in the gospel. (v21-22)

Receive him therefore in the Lord with all gladness, and hold such men in esteem; because for the work of Christ he came close to death, not regarding his life, to supply what was lacking in your service toward me. (v29-30)

b.     Imitate Christ in His humility: care for one another,  in one spirit and one accord

But you know his [Timothy] proven character, that as a son with his father he served with me in the gospel. (v 22)

Epaphroditus, my brother, fellow worker, and fellow soldier, but your messenger and the one who ministered to my need; since he was longing for you all, and was distressed because you had heard that he was sick.  For indeed he was sick almost unto death; but God had mercy on him, and not only on him but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow.   Therefore I sent him the more eagerly, that when you see him again you may rejoice, and I may be less sorrowful. (v25-28)