Philippians 2-3 - Outline

Jim Watt jmbetter at
Sat Mar 9 08:36:36 PST 2013


*Jim & Marie Watt*

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March 9,2013


 *1. 2:5-8 (2:1-11) HUMILITY: LED CHRIST’S EXALTATION. “Have this mind in
you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6 who, existing in God’s form, counted
not the being on an equality with God anything to be grasped at, 7 but
emptied himself, taking a bondman’s form, being made in likeness of men; 8 and
being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, becoming obedient unto
death, yes, death of the cross.” *Father, here we see the outworking of
Your Kingdom in Jesus! *Hallowed be your :name.*

that, my beloved, even as you have always obeyed, not as in my :presence
only, but now much rather in my :absence, work our your own :salvation with
fear and trembling; 13 for it is God who works in you both :to will and :to
work, for his good :pleasure.” *We bless You for this truth, Father. We
submit to it. *Your :kingdom come!*

I have no one likeminded, who will genuinely care for your state. 21 For
they all seek their :own, not the things of Jesus Christ.” *Now we see
again the high outworking of Your Kingdom in Timothy. We too desire this
selflessness in us for the sake of Your Kingdom, will and Glory. *Your
:will be done, As in heaven, so on earth.*

 *4. 3:1 JOY: ALWAYS A RIGHT RESPONSE. “For the rest, my brethren, rejoice
in the Lord. To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not irksome,
but for you is safe.” **Joy* is the most infallible sign of the presence of
God (Pierre Teilhard de Chardin)! So You revealed by Your Spirit to one of
Your saints. O forgive us for living on such a low level that Your *joy* is
not more manifested through us! *Our :daily :bread Give us this day!*

 *5. 3:2-3 JOY IN JESUS: A MARK OF HEART CIRCUMCISION. “Look out for the
dogs, look out for the evil workers, look out for the concision: 2 for we
are the circumcision, who worship by God’s Spirit, and glory in Christ
Jesus, and have no confidence in flesh.” **This* is our place of safety,
Father! We guard it. We know how the enemy would draw us out of this
abiding place! *And forgive us our :debts, As we also have forgiven our

 *6. 3:10, 12 (3:4-16) JOY: A MARK OF PAUL’S PRESSING ON. “That I may know
him, and the power of his :resurrection, and fellowship of his sufferings,
becoming conformed to his :death. 12 Not that I have already received, or
am already made perfect: but I follow on, if so be that I may apprehend
that for which also I was apprehended by Christ Jesus.” *We bless You
Father, for the example of Paul. He is our living letter. Out of
identification in death with You, Lord Jesus, flowed forth this incredible
joy. The joy of Jehovah is our strength! *And bring us not into temptation.*

 *7. 3:17 (3:17-21) PAUL: AN EXAMPLE FOR ALL BELIEVERS. “Brethren, become
imitators together of me, and mark them that so walk even as you have us
for an example.” *Again Father, we bless You for Paul’s example. You gave
him to us Your church for our encouragement and direction. *But deliver us
from the evil one!*

 *NOTE: 3:13-14 (3:4-16) * *PAUL: EVER PRESSING ON! “Brethren, I reckon not
myself yet to have apprehended: but one thing, forgetting the
thingsbehind, and stretching forward to th
ose before, 14 I follow on toward the mark unto the prize of the upward
calling of :God in Christ Jesus.” *Father, we take Paul’s goal, and make it

 *C.H. Spurgeon Quotes: “You cannot carry a bad temper into heaven”. *Do
not say, “I cannot help having a bad temper.” Friend, you must help it.
Pray God to help you to overcome it at once; for either you must kill it,
or it will kill you. You cannot carry a bad temper into heaven.

 *Our Psalm for the Day: 79:9 (79). HOW LONG, O LORD? “Help us, O God of
our salvation, for the glory of your name; deliver us, and atone for our
sins, for your name's sake!” *Father, Your Name is threatened when You
chastise Your people. Yet You chastise only in measure, and that such a
short time with eternity's values in view! We know that You regard the
glory of Your Name!

 Psalm 79 - A Psalm of complaint such as Jeremiah might have written amid
the ruins of the beloved city. It evidently treats of times of invasion,
oppression, and national overthrow.

 79:1. *O God, the heathen are come into Your inheritance. *It is with the
cry of amazement at sacrilegious intrusion; as if the poet were struck with
horror. *Your holy Temple have they defiled. *It is an awful thing when
wicked men are found in the church and numbered with her ministry. *They
have laid Jerusalem in heaps.* It is sad to see the foe in our own house,
but worse to meet him in the house of God; they strike hardest who smite at
our religion.

 79:8. *O remember not against us former iniquities. *Sins accumulate
against nations. Generations lay up stores of transgressions to be visited
upon their successors; hence this urgent prayer. In Josiah’s days, the most
earnest repentance was not able to avert the doom which former long years
of idolatry had sealed against Judah.

 79:9. *And deliver us, and purge away our sins, for Your names’
sake.*Sin, the root of the evil, is seen and confessed; pardon of sin
is sought
as well as removal of chastisement, and both are asked not as matter of
right but as gifts of grace. God’s Name is a second time brought into the
pleading. Believers will find it their wisdom to use very frequently this
noble plea: it is the great gun of the battle, the mightiest weapon in the
armory of prayer.

 79:11. *According to the greatness of Your power preserve You those that
are appointed to die. *Men and devils may consign us to perdition, while
sickness drags us to the grave, and sorrow sinks us in the dust; but, there
is One who can keep our soul alive, yes, and bring it up again from the
depths of despair. A lamb shall live between the lion’s jaws if the Lord
wills it. Even in the sharnel, life shall vanquish death if God be near. *(From
“The Treasury of David” by C.H. Spurgeon, abridged by D.O. Fuller)*

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