Bracketing—Assignment 10
Philippians 3:15-21
Who are you keeping your eye on in your life to provoke you towards faithfulness in our waiting for the King?
Published March 30th, 2019
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Main point summary
Main point summary
Paul desired The Philippians to be confident in the progress they had in the faith and to imitate him and anyone else who lives like the apostolic group because there are those who are enemies of the cross and those who are citizen of heaven who wait for the King.
Philippians 3:15-21
Ὅσοι οὖν τέλειοι, τοῦτο φρονῶμεν•
Let those of us who are q mature think this way,
καὶ εἴ τι ἑτέρως φρονεῖτε,
and if in anything r you think otherwise,
καὶ τοῦτο ὁ θεὸς ὑμῖν ἀποκαλύψει•
s God will reveal that also to you.
πλὴν εἰς ὃ ἐφθάσαμεν, τῷ αὐτῷ στοιχεῖν.
Only t let us hold true to what we have attained.
Συμμιμηταί μου γίνεσθε, ἀδελφοί,
Brothers, u join in imitating me,
καὶ σκοπεῖτε τοὺς οὕτως περιπατοῦντας
and keep your eyes on those who walk
καθὼς ἔχετε τύπον ἡμᾶς.
v according to the example you have in us.
πολλοὶ γὰρ περιπατοῦσιν ... τοὺς ἐχθροὺς τοῦ σταυροῦ τοῦ Χριστοῦ ...
For w many ... walk as enemies of the cross of Christ ...
οὓς πολλάκις ἔλεγον ὑμῖν,
of whom I have often told you
νῦν δὲ καὶ κλαίων λέγω,
and now tell you even with tears,
ὧν τὸ τέλος ἀπώλεια,
y Their end is destruction,
ὧν ὁ θεὸς ἡ κοιλία
z their god is their belly,
καὶ ἡ δόξα ἐν τῇ αἰσχύνῃ αὐτῶν,
and a they glory in their shame,
οἱ τὰ ἐπίγεια φρονοῦντες.
with b minds set on earthly things.
ἡμῶν γὰρ τὸ πολίτευμα ἐν οὐρανοῖς ὑπάρχει,
But c our citizenship is in heaven,
ἐξ οὗ καὶ σωτῆρα ἀπεκδεχόμεθα κύριον Ἰησοῦν Χριστόν,
and d from it we e await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,
ὃς μετασχηματίσει τὸ σῶμα τῆς ταπεινώσεως ἡμῶν σύμμορφον τῷ σώματι τῆς δόξης αὐτοῦ
who will transform f our lowly body g to be like his glorious body,
κατὰ τὴν ἐνέργειαν τοῦ δύνασθαι αὐτὸν καὶ ὑποτάξαι αὐτῷ τὰ πάντα.
h by the power that enables him even i to subject all things to himself.
The first thought I had here is how comfortable Paul was with looking to other saints for inspiration in the faith. It also seems likely that he knew we are going to be influenced by people. And we need to be careful who those people are.
Brent Karding
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