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Alex’s Commentary


Possessing the rare jewel of Christian contentment is not a denial of the tension rising from living concerned about this life while considering the approaching eternity. On the contrary, by embracing the reality of our absolute dependency on His Beauty, the Spirit of Christ prepares us to do good now, with the benefits of our future residency in glory coming into direct contact with our circumstances and emotions. Not dismissing the challenges we have while in exile (living on this earth), Paul reminds us that the benefits of the Gospel are tangible, freeing the regenerated heart from the limiting view set before us by our sin. By His grace, now we know the whole Truth.

 

For Your Consideration


  • What evidence is there that you have learned to be content in whatever situation?
  • Consider how Paul uses the word learned; How have you learned the Truth and implications of the Gospel? 
  • What is more challenging to be content with: circumstances or emotions? Why?
  • What personal evidence do you have of God’s trustworthiness? 
  • How is the presence of God the Holy Spirit in your heart proof that Phil.3:12 and 4:13 are true?

 

Extra Credit


  • How is Philippians 3:12 – 4:13 the story of the Triune God’s work in you?   

 

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