Paul is absolutely sure the Philippians will someday be perfect. Can you be absolutely sure, too?
Published August 11th, 2020
For I am confident of this very thing,
that He who began a good work in you
will perfect it
until the day of Christ Jesus.
For it is only right for me to feel this way about you all,
because I have you in my heart,
in my imprisonment
and in the defense
and confirmation of the gospel,
you all are partakers of grace
For God is my witness,
how I long for you all
with the affection of Christ Jesus.
Why is he confident?
Because he sees the grace in them, because he shares it with them. That makes him sensitive to the grace, which leads him to be confident in thier final perfection.
Teaching Outline 1. Discuss breaking into three sections 2. Discuss connections between “confident” “feel” and “long” 3. Pose main question - how can Paul be so confident of Gods continued sanctification? 4. Answer - Because he has seen grace in them, felt it immediately, since he partook of it with them. 5. So, that would give me confidence of past sanctification, but Paul goes further and promises final sanctification. 6. So, pose second question- how does the evidence Paul cites lead him to be so confident of final, eternal sanctification?
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