Paul to the Phillippians and commentary, chapter 1

To: “Churches of God” Called to be Spiritual Israelites, atOne with Jesus. 4/4/19, God’s 13th month 28th day of Adar 2, 5779 until sunset.

God’s church isn’t an organization that can be joined. God’s church is a family of God fathered individuals, chosen, called and set aside “sanctified” for His purpose. Jesus explained; (John 10:14-18; “I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know Me – just as the Father knows Me and I know the Father – and I lay down My life for the sheep. I have other sheep that do not come from this sheepfold. I must bring them too, and they will listen to My voice, so that there will be one flock and one shepherd. This is why the Father loves Me – because I lay down My life, so that I may take it back again. No one takes it away from Me, but I lay it down of My own free will. I have the authority to lay it down, and I have the authority to take it back again. This commandment I received from My Father.”)

Matt 7:21-23; “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the kingdom of heaven – only the one who does the will of My Father in heaven. On that day, many will say to Me, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in your name, and in your name cast out demons and do many powerful deeds?’ Then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you. Go away from Me, you lawbreakers!’) Many other text teach us that only the fathered by God, “those born from above” are God’s family - His church.

Two weeks from today’s sunset will began Nisan 14, “Passover.” Divided Christendom will pay little or no attention. Christians will honor the season, try to keep the Passover, and the 15th and 21st companion annual Sabbaths. It’s the season to celebrate Creator - Savior Jesus’ shedding His life blood, so all who’re gifted to believe IN Him may have eternal life. It’s the season to be mindful of our inherited nature’s lawless pulls and seek Jesus’ help to overcome to the end. Time to rejoice over having been called to be atOne with the Father and the Son. Time to consider Jesus’ apostle’s calling and how they came to understand the scriptures.

(Philippians 1:1-2; “From Paul and Timothy, slaves of Christ Jesus, to all the Saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, with the overseers and deacons. Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ!”) Jesus’ New Covenant, “New Testament” is covenant promises to His Saints. It isn’t with unbelievers nor divided Christendom.

A better title for one who pastors is, “Overseer.” No pastor or evangelist should ever wear the title, “reverend” Jesus instructs us to call no person reverend. It’s worth noting that no apostle ever included the Holy Spirit - Spirit of Truth “with God the Father and God the Son in their letters. Timothy was called servant and made an understudy to Paul. Paul taught and considered Timothy as his own son.

(Phil 1:3-6; “I thank my God every time I remember you ‘Philippians.” I always pray with joy in my every prayer for all of you, because of your participation in the gospel from the first day until now. For I am sure of this very thing, that the One who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”)

Each apostle taught “God the Father personally begins and perfects His good work in each called Believer IN.” Each taught “unbelievers are rebels to the cause of Jesus.” King David was inspired to rationalize with and prophesy against unbelievers, folks we’d refer to as Christendom today.

(Psalms 2:1-12; “Why do the nations rebel? Why are the countries devising plots that will fail? The kings of the earth form a united front; the rulers collaborate against the Lord and His anointed king. They say, “Let’s tear off the shackles they’ve put on us! Let’s free ourselves from their ropes!” The One enthroned in heaven laughs in disgust; the Lord taunts them. Then He angrily speaks to them and terrifies them in His rage, saying, (6) “I Myself have installed My king on Zion, My holy hill.” The king says, “I will announce the Lord’s decree. He said to Me: ‘You are My Son! This very day I have become Your father! Ask Me, and I will give You the nations as Your inheritance, the ends of the earth as Your personal property.” You will break them with an iron scepter; You will smash them like a potter’s jar!’” So now, you ‘earthly’ kings, do what is wise; you rulers of the earth, submit to correction! (11) Serve the Lord in fear! Repent in terror! Give sincere homage! Otherwise He will be angry, and you will die because of your behavior, when His anger quickly ignites. How blessed are all who take shelter in Him!”)

The good news “gospel” each prophet and Jesus’ apostles taught was about eternal life through Jesus, keeping promises to Israel, bringing peace and righteous judgment to this earth.

(Phil 1:7-11; “For it is right for me to think this about all of you, because I have you in my heart, since both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel all of you became partners in God’s grace together with me. For God is my witness that I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus. And I pray this, that your love may abound even more and more in knowledge and every kind of insight so that you can decide what is best and thus be sincere and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ to the glory and praise of God.”)

Jesus’ command to His apostles and followers is: “love one another, just as I have loved you.” Each Christian’s goal should be to increase in knowledge and every kind of spiritual insight so as to stand blameless in the day of Christ. We must understand God’s definition of sin. Through God’s revealing Himself, granting repentance, “forgiveness” and our turning from the former practices of sin, we’re be considered blameless on that day.

(Phil 1:12-14; “I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that my situation has actually turned out to advance the gospel: The whole imperial guard and everyone else knows that I am in prison for the sake of Christ, and most of the brothers and sisters, having confidence in the Lord because of my imprisonment, now more than ever dare to speak the Word fearlessly.”)

Divided Christendom don’t do this, Satan has them thinking “your truth is how you believe.” If we belong to Jesus as Paul, “we know things Satan intended for, God can turn to a furtherance of the gospel. (Believing in Jesus as He’s manifested to be in the holy scriptures, “was then and today a radical idea.) Believing IN Jesus frees individuals from people groups that make merchandise of others. Think of the persecution that would come our way; if in large numbers people began leaving organized religions to follow God’s truths presented here. Paul was mindful of the nature in people that causes many to desire leadership for wrong reasons. We need to go out from among such. Jesus had Paul explain, (2Cor 6:16-18; “And what mutual agreement does the temple of God have with idols? For we ‘Christians’ are the temple of the living God, just as God said, “I will live in them and will walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be My people.” Therefore “come out from their midst, and be separate,” says the Lord, “and touch no unclean thing, and I will welcome you, and I will be a father to you, and you will be My sons and daughters,” says the All-Powerful Lord.”)

(Phil 1:15-18; “Some, to be sure, are preaching Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from goodwill. The latter do so from love because they know that I am placed here for the defense of the gospel. The former proclaim Christ from selfish ambition, not sincerely, because they think they can cause trouble for me in my imprisonment. What is the result? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is being proclaimed, and in this I rejoice.”)

Paul considered it good that people were talking about Jesus. He didn’t condone teaching an imaginary Jesus, but mindful that if God were calling they’d seek His truth. Many twist this scripture to support what’s popular and traditional while ridiculing the notions of absolutes.

(Phil 1:19-26; “Yes, and I will continue to rejoice, for I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ. My confident hope is that I will in no way be ashamed but that with complete boldness, even now as always, Christ will be exalted in my body, whether I live or die. (21) For to me, living is Christ and dying is gain. Now if I am to go on living in the body, this will mean productive work for me, yet I don’t know which I prefer: I feel torn between the two, because I have a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far, but it is more vital for your sake that I remain in the body. (25) And since I am sure of this, I know that I will remain and continue with all of you for the sake of your progress and joy in the faith, so that what you can be proud of may increase because of me in Christ Jesus, when I come back to you.”)

Paul was, “born from above” imputed with the spirit of truth “Holy Spirit” he had a new spiritual life and knew he was gifted with eternal life. His mindset was that he’d maintain hope in Christ to the end. Paul and all believers IN are gifted with immortality. Paul knew he wasn’t born immortal, to live forever someplace (Because of Satan’s deception, various forms of a, “hell - heaven doctrine” have spread to all major religions.) (See Revelations 21:8) Paul knew he was gifted with immortality when he was “born from above.” Paul believed in and taught the resurrections. Lets study a portion of his letter to the Corinthians.

(1Cor 15:1-11; “Now I want to make clear for you, brothers and sisters, the gospel that I preached to you, that you received and on which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold firmly to the message I preached to you – unless you believed in vain. For I passed on to you as of first importance what I also received – that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the scriptures, and that He appeared to Cephas, ‘Peter’ then to the twelve. (after His resurrection) (6) Then He appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles. (8) Last of all, as though to one born at the wrong time, He appeared to me also. For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace to me has not been in vain. In fact, I worked harder than all of them – yet not I, but the grace of God with me. Whether then it was I or they, this is the way we preach and this is the way you believed.”

(1Cor 15:12-19; “Now if Christ is being preached as raised from the dead, how can some of you say there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is futile and your faith is empty. Also, we are found to be false witnesses about God, because we have testified against God that He raised Christ from the dead, when in reality He did not raise Him, if indeed the dead are not raised. (16) For if the dead are not raised, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is useless; you are still in your sins. Furthermore, those who have fallen asleep in Christ have also perished. For if only in this life we have hope in Christ, we should be pitied more than anyone.”) Paul knew the day would come when he and all who had died in Christ, would be resurrected as was Jesus.

(1Cor 15:20-23; “But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, “Adam” the resurrection of the dead also came through a man. “Jesus” For just as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ, the firstfruits; then when Christ comes, those who belong to Him.” Paul knew Jesus had inspired the prophets to write about Himself. That He’d return and set all things in order. Afterward New Jerusalem would come down. (see Revelations 21)

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