Paul to the Phillippians and commentary, chapter 5

To: People Called to be Spiritual Israelites, atOne with Jesus. 4/11/19, God’s 1st month 6th day of Nisan, 5,779 until sunset.

As with the 72 disciples; Jesus sent out; Paul was given power over demons, the Lord Jesus revealed Himself, giving Paul understanding and the responsibilities of an apostle. Paul was writing from prison.

(Philippians 1:21-25; “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.”)

Jesus’ New Covenant with a people being made atOne with Himself is still a mystery to the world as was His covenant with Abraham. Paul and each called out Believer IN, have a covenant with Jesus, which is, “we’re His temple, He lives in us and gives us the desire to be atOne with Himself.” The New Testament, is God’s New Covenant with His chosen gifted to be Believers IN; as was His old covenant through Moses with the Israelites. The New Covenant is by promise as was Abraham’s. Israelites’ and followers of Jesus’ deliverance was preplanned by promise to Abraham.

Paul knew God spiritually living in him was immortality. That his next conscious moment after death would be with Christ. So He could write; “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.” Paul’s instructions to the Philippians was in keeping with the principles God gave the Israelites.

(Phil 1:27-30; “Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ so that – whether I come and see you or whether I remain absent – I should hear that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind, by contending side by side for the faith of the gospel, and by not being intimidated in any way by your opponents. (Remember who Jesus said our opponents were most likely to be?) This is a sign of their destruction, but of your salvation – a sign which is from God. For it has been granted to you not only to believe in Christ but also to suffer for Him, since you are encountering the same conflict that you saw me face and now hear that I am facing.”) Gifted faith in God’s promises of eternal life and His instructions regarding our practices, should teach us the need for counting the cost. (See Luke 14:28)

Unbelievers don’t believe the book of Job, nor the miracle of God’s spiritual imputation that makes us literally atOne with Him, nor that believers IN are God’s temples, now. Believers IN are “His church” “His family.“ Of the many questions God posed to Job, one was; “Who has put wisdom in the mind? (See Exodus 26, 27 & 28:) (Exodus 28:3 reads; (“You “Moses” are to speak to all who are specially skilled, “whom I have filled with the spirit of wisdom.”) Again when God allowed Solomon to build His sanctuary; special talents were given for the purpose of building. Study 1Kings 5: (verse 12 reads; “So the Lord gave Solomon wisdom, as He had promised him.”)

Israel’s history is recorded in the holy scriptures for our learning. From our fleshly sin nature inherited from Adam we desire deciding for ourselves “what’s right, wrong, good and evil.” Thus be our own god. (Jesus defines gods as “that which we serve” and teaches “His characteristics - nature are understood only by revelation.) Thus, without revealed knowledge of God, people serve themselves, idolatrous images, organizations of men and private interpretation. Jesus puts forth this principle at Matthew 6:24; (“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”) This is why God tells His people not to make or have images, and to love Him with their whole being. Looking to, wearing or making an image of an imaginary deity is idolatry in God‘s view.

All go the way that seems right to the fleshly mind, until God reveals Himself individually. Thus, when left to ourselves, we’re on a self destructive path. Jesus’ explains that result. (Matthew 24:22-24; “And if those days had not been cut short, no one would be saved. But for the sake of the Elect those days will be cut short. Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There He is!’ do not believe him. For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the Elect.”)

God promises a new beginning, “a new age” in which knowledge of Himself will flow out as water covers the sea. His saves individuals and will save this world by His promised grace. (No organization of men are commissioned to bring about God’s kingdom.) His kingdom is to be established in spite of mankind’s rebellion and is preplanned. Today whole societies are yielded to the demonic Satan as he manifest himself to be an angel of light. He’s the god, vast majorities look to. From Adam, we’ve inherited a nature Isaiah described and Paul understood. In general Paul’s speaking of societies’ god.

(2Corinthians 4:3-4; “But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled only to those who are perishing, among whom the god of this age has blinded the minds of those who do not believe so they would not see the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God.”) “Review Col 1:15”

(Isaiah 64:4-8; “Since ancient times no one has heard or perceived, no eye has seen any God besides You, who intervenes for those who wait for Him. You assist those who delight in doing what is right, who observe Your commandments. Look, You were angry because we violated them continually. How then can we be saved? We are all like one who is unclean, all our so-called righteous acts are like a menstrual rag in Your sight. We all wither like a leaf; our sins carry us away like the wind.) Then Isaiah heard the voice of the sovereign Master say, “Whom will I send? Who will go on our behalf?” Isaiah answered, “Here I am, send me!”

(Isaiah 6:9-10; “He said, “Go and tell these people: ‘Listen continually, but don’t understand! Look continually, but don’t perceive!’ Make the hearts of these people calloused; make their ears deaf and their eyes blind! Otherwise they might see with their eyes and hear with their ears, their hearts might understand and they might repent and be healed.”) Jesus inspired Isaiah and He quoted from this same text at Mark 4:10-12. Jesus continued prophesying through Isaiah, revealing our sins.

(Isaiah 6:11-13; I replied, “How long, sovereign Master?” He said, “Until cities are in ruins and unpopulated, and houses are uninhabited, and the land is ruined and devastated, and the Lord has sent the people off to a distant place, and the very heart of the land is completely abandoned. Even if only a tenth of the people remain in the land, it will again be destroyed, like one of the large sacred trees or an Asherah pole, when a sacred pillar on a high place is thrown down. That sacred pillar symbolizes the special chosen family”) The Hebrew text reads “which in the felling, a sacred pillar in them.” Some translate the Hebrew word as “stump,” and translate, “which when chopped down, have a stump remaining in them.” Elsewhere the word refers to a memorial pillar. (2 Sam 18:18) The Qumran scroll “or like an Asherah pole”) translates, “like one of the large sacred trees or an Asherah pole.”)

The references to sacred trees and a sacred pillar suggest the destruction of a high place is in view, an apt metaphor for the judgment of idolatrous Judah and the world. The tree represents “the nation” is chopped down, but the stump (a righteous remnant) remains from which God can restore the nation. In this case “holy offspring” alludes to God’s ideal for His covenant people, the offspring of the patriarchs. Ironically that “holy” nation is more like a “sacred pillar” and it will be thrown down like a sacred pillar from a high place and its land destroyed like the sacred trees located at such shrines. Understood in this way, the ironic statement is entirely negative in tone, just like the rest of the preceding announcement of judgment. It also reminds the people of their failure; they did not oppose pagan religion, instead they embraced it. Now they will likely be destroyed in the same way they should have destroyed paganism.

All Israelites, Judaism, non-Israelites and professing Christians, embrace paganism as if there were no God instructing otherwise. The whole world’s practices have been and are now an abomination to the God of Abraham. (God is Love and from the foundation of the world, He planned the saving of His people.) It was preplanned that, Creator Jesus would be the sacrificial Lamb and shed His own blood for the remission of sin, “lawlessness.” Preplanned that God would call out a people and make them “the Church of God,” A called out chosen by promise people that would be led to be Christ Like. It’s to these called out people, that Jesus had His apostle Paul write encouragement to.

(Philippians 2:1-11; “Therefore, if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort provided by love, any fellowship in the Spirit, any affection or mercy, complete my joy and be of the same mind, by having the same love, being united in spirit, and having one purpose. Instead of being motivated by selfish ambition or vanity, each of you should, in humility, be moved to treat one another as more important than yourself. Each of you should be concerned not only about your own interests, but about the interests of others as well. (5) You should have the same attitude toward one another that Christ Jesus had, who though He existed in the form of God did not regard equality with God as something to be grasped, but emptied Himself by taking on the form of a slave, by looking like other men, and by sharing in human nature. (8) He humbled Himself, by becoming obedient to the point of death – even death on a cross! As a result God exalted Him and gave Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow – in heaven and on earth and under the earth – and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.”) Jesus’ called out apostle to the gentiles is writing to all Christians, he’s imprisoned for teaching the good news regarding Jesus’ calling out a people for His kingdom and setting people free to worship in spirit and truth by imputing in them a new nature. Paul reminds us of our old motivations, guided by selfishness but now guided by gifted humility. Jesus Christ is our example, submitting to Godly virtues. He inspired the prophesies He quoted from often.

(John 15:1-5; “I am the true Vine and My Father is the gardener. He takes away every branch that does not bear fruit in Me. He prunes every branch that bears fruit so that it will bear more fruit. You are clean already because of the Word that I have spoken to you. (Clean because you were called to believe IN The Word.) “Remain in Me, and I will remain in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it remains in the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in Me.”) Jesus’ new covenant with those God the Father calls to be Believers IN Jesus’ deeds and practice living as being attached to Him.”

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