Hello! God is so good!
Can you believe we get to have books in the Bible written directly to us? As you may know last year I took a verse a day from Ephesians and dissected them. (Click here to read through the series in Ephesians.) I would like to do that again only this time with the book of Philippians. Philippians is an amazing epistle. Each of the seven church epistles are well placed in “themes of instruction”. Watch for the pattern.
- Romans; Doctrine, how to believe.
- I & II Corinthians: Reproof, reproves the misunderstandings of the doctrine.
- Galatians; Correction, corrects the habit patterns of misunderstanding the doctrine that was given in Romans. People had made the error a doctrine and that needed correcting.
- Ephesians; Doctrine, how to love God
- Philippians; Reproof, reproves the instruction of the love of God.
- Colossians; Correction, corrects the habit patterns of what was given in Ephesians. People had made errors a doctrine and that needed correcting.
- I & II Thessalonians; Doctrine, instruction about The Hope.
There was no need for reproof and correction about “The Hope” because we will be gone after Jesus Christ returns. Does that make sense?
Okay, so Philippians was a reproof epistle. That means that the love of God doctrine that was brought forth in Ephesians needed some correcting. Correction happens before a bad habit becomes a doctrine or a way to believe in something. God is always trying to help us along. Imagine for a moment, that you are in training at a Boeing airplane factory and your job will be to oversee the last checks of the airplane before it goes out the door. The man training you is going to retire soon and you need to know everything he knows. How important do you think his instruction is? You have manuals yes, but training and teaching are two very different things. Teaching implies that someone hands you a wrench and says, “This is to unscrew bolts.” Training says, “I’ll stay right here till you get it right, and if you do it wrong I’ll help you correct the wrong and get it working right again.”
God set the seven church epistles in our midst for that reason. God wanted us to learn from a wise old man (Apostle Paul) who knew how to operate and function every aspect of the gift of Holy Spirit. First God laid out how things should be done, then He laid out how to correct those missteps that happen, then He showed how to correct wrong doctrine. It’s all very simple and yet they are linked together like a chain of DNA. Each epistle is perfectly coded, brilliantly placed, and desperately important. Once you see the overall view of the 7 epistles you will accurately read and understand why God said what He said, when He said it. Make no mistake, these were not haphazard or coincidentally placed. They are masterminded with a mathematical exactness and a scientific precision. We now have the joy of encountering God’s brilliance in humbled awe. The simplicity and yet the cunning, the child-like clarity and joy, yet the Word is so astute even the wise do not understand it. The closer you look at the Word of God the more complex and interwoven it is. Every verses reaches out to a multi-faceted concept that if one word is mistranslated, privately interpreted or mishandled, it will cause a chain of error erupting in emotional and spiritual chaos. The other remarkable truth is this; you need the gift of holy spirit to understand it.
“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3
“But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know [them], because they are spiritually discerned.” 1 Corinthians 2:14
As we go through Philippians together keep in mind that you are a very special and part of God’s Kingdom today. You are God’s Heir through what Christ did for us. That means you are His child. He forever imparted spiritual DNA into every cell of your body and that happened the moment you believed Romans 10:9-10. You are a masterpiece. You were worth paying the price of redemption, which cost God his only biological son Jesus Christ. Something is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it. How valuable are you? God thought it was worth it.
Tomorrow we will start-up in the series of Philippians but for now let this section of the Word ring in your soul.
“Now thanks [be] unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place. For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish: To the one [we are] the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who [is] sufficient for these things? For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.” 2 Corinthians 2:14-17
God Bless You Today