30 May, 2017
Search The Scriptures —Study 6 — Philippians 3:12-21
Study 6 From the Book of Philippians is: Philippians 3:12-21
1. Verses 12-17. Once a person knows he is ‘saved’ or ‘justified’, what attitude should he adopt to life? Even after he has ‘grown up’ as a Christian and become ‘mature’, what concern should still dominate his thoughts? What is he never justified in doing? How in consequence ought I to be acting?
2. Verses 18-21. What kind of outlook, interest and expectation should a Christian have, and why? By contrast, what kind of appetite and interests dominates some? What difference should the cross of Christ make to my daily life? Cf. Gal. 5:24; 6:14.
1. Verse 12, 15. ‘Perfect’ or ‘mature’: the Greek word means ‘having reached its end’. It was used of persons who were full-grown or mature.
2. Verse 20. The thought here is that Christians here on earth are a colony of heavenly citizen, just as the Philippians’ were proud to think of themselves as a colony of Romans citizens. Cf. Acts 16: 12, 21