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Your Fellow Laborer in the Master’s Vineyard,
“Christ Jesus, to the glory of God!”
“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
I. His “form” vs. 5-7
Consider the nature of His identity: The descriptive word used is “form” in our English Bible is a translation of the Greek:
Strong’s Greek Dictionary: μορφη morphe mor-fay’
perhaps from the base of 3313 (through the idea of adjustment of parts); shape; figuratively, nature:—form. *Used three times in the New Testament. (Mark 16:12; Phil. 2:6,7)
In using the same word we see what is known as the Hypostatic Union, the union of Deity and Humanity found only and exclusively in the Lord Jesus Christ!
A. The form of God
Joh 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
B. The form of a servant
Isa 42:1 Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.
II. His “frame” vs. 7
“He made himself” and “was made”
Ps 103:14 For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.
Heb 11:3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
Heb 10:5 Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:
A. Made Himself of no reputation
B. Made in the likeness of men
Heb 2:14-17 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; 15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. 16 For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham. 17 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.
III. His “fashion” vs. 8
Strong’s Greek Dictionary: σχημα schema skhay’-mah
from the alternate of 2192; a figure (as a mode or circumstance), i.e. (by implication) external condition:—fashion. (I Cor. 7:31 and Phil. 2:8)
A. He humbled Himself
2Co 8:9 For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.
B. He became obedient to death
(…even to the death of the cross)
Heb 5:7-10 Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared; 8 Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; 9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him; 10 Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec.
IV. His “fame” vs. 9
A. God hath highly exalted Him
He is higher than the kings of the earth: Ps. 89:27
His ways are higher than our ways: Is. 55:9
He is higher than the heavens: Heb. 7:6
He is higher than the highest: Ecc. 5:8
B. God hath given Him a name
Ac 4:11-12 This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. 12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
V. His “future” vs. 10-11
A. Every knee should bow “submission”
Ps 66:3 Say unto God, How terrible art thou in thy works! through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies submit themselves unto thee.
B. Every tongue should confess “confession”
Ro 14:11-12 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. 12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.
In the description of the Lord Jesus Christ, the “God-Man” as we find in Philippians chapter 2 culminates in verse 11 with this phrase “…to the glory of God the Father.”
It would behoove us to note the example set forth by the Almighty as He stepped into this temporal world to take upon Himself flesh, to be made in the likeness of men, and making Himself of no reputation to be made into the form of a servant, that He by the grace of God should taste death for every men. The Lord Jesus humbled Himself to the lowest of places that He might reveal to us the highest of purposes…“to the glory of God the Father!”
This is the highest purpose for which any creature of God can attain! The Lord Jesus taught us that the way up is down. The way to honor is humility! The way to greatness is through servant hood! May success be defined in us by the glory of God! LET THIS MIND BE IN YOU!
A Celebration of Victory!
As important as the conduct of God’s people is, the context of this conduct is often more important!
The Occasion of the Psalm is not given, but it is thought by some and indeed appropriate for the occasion to be the returning of the ark to Jerusalem by King David. Notice the likeness of David’s Psalm 68 and the prayers of Moses (Num. 10:35-36). Notice also the precession that brought the ark to Zion is also described in vs. 25-27 of the Psalm. The ark was representative of the presence of the Lord in the midst of His people Israel.
The ark had lost during a time of no vision as described in I Samuel 3:1. It was a time of apathy and apostasy, God’s people had come to depend upon and dedicate themselves to the furnishings and trappings of the service of God rather than to God Himself (I Samuel 4:3-4). In such a state, God’s people haven’t a chance before their enemies! Israel suffered a devastating defeat and the ark was taken (I Samuel 4:10-11).
David, as king, had brought a revival to the throne of Israel. As the king, he attempted to bring back the ark, and with it the token of God’s presence in the kingdom. On the first attempt David neglected proper dedication to the word of God and disobeyed God’s instructions for transporting the ark. Tragedy resulted in the death of Uzzah the priest (2 Samuel 6:6-7). It is always more difficult to return to a close walk with God than it is to fall away! The occasion of the Psalm comes at the second and successful attempt to bring back the ark. The Psalm comes from inspiration of the Holy Spirit through the instrument of a devoted servant and a nation newly renewed in dedication to Him! As it is much more difficult to return to a close walk with the Lord than it is to fall away from Him, this Psalm and the account of David and Israel as recorded in 2 Sam. 6:12-19 demonstrates the glory and blessing of that renewed closeness to the Lord!
It is in this place of renewal and rededication comes this Psalm where God’s works are remember and His way will be realized in the life of His people!
The names of God the Hebrews recognized
Elohim Spelled “God” and used most in the Psalm to address God. (vs. 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6; 7; 8; 9; 10; 15; 16; 17; 18; 21; 24; 25; 28; 31; 32; 34; 35)
Elohim is the plural form of the name “El” which means “strong one.” Interestingly the name “elohim” is used of false gods as well, but not capitalized. In the case of the true God, as the plural form, indicative of the Trinity
JAH Spelled “JAH” vs. 4 and “LORD” vs. 18
“JAH” is a sacred name of God meaning “The LORD most vehement.” The English Bible has the spelling “JAH” taking place only here in the Scriptures.
Adoni Spelled “Lord” vs. 11; 17; 19; 20; 22; 26
Adoni is also a plural form that means “master and owner”
Shaddai Spelled “Almighty” vs. 14
“Shaddai” Another word much like Shaddai, and from which many believe it derived, is shad meaning “breast” in Hebrew (some other scholars believe that the name is derived from an Akkadian word Šadu, meaning “mountain,” suggesting strength and power). This refers to God completely nourishing, satisfying, and supplying His people with all their needs as a mother would her child.
Jehovah Spelled “LORD” vs. 20 and “GOD” vs. 20
Jehovah comes from a verb which means “to exist, be.” This, plus its usage, shows that this name stresses God as the independent and self-existent God of revelation and redemption
(Gen. 4:3; Ex. 6:3 (cf. 3:14); 3:12).
El Spelled “God” vs. 19; 20; 24; 35
“EL” means “strong one”
The nation that had so much experience with the Lord, knew Him in great intimacy as reflected in the five different names of God used in the Psalm!
The Divisions of the Psalm:
I. Exaltation of the God of Israel in her Experience
A. The Providence of God Vs. 1-7
1. The punishment of His Enemies vs. 1-2
“Let the wicked perish”
2. The Protection of His People vs. 3-7
“let the righteous rejoice”
Interwoven in the Psalm are the works of God in the Nation of Israel. The first one is sung in verse 6: expressing how God brought out the Jewish slaves from the iron furnace of Egypt!
B. The Power of God Vs. 8-19
1. In His Goodness vs. 7-14
“Prepared of thy goodness”
2. In his Greatness vs. 15-19
“The Lord is among them”
The Power of God is celebrated as the works of God continue in the Hymn, giving a literal historical remembrance of God’s work on behalf of His people!
Vs. 6 “He bringeth out those bound” Deut. 4:20
“The deliverance from Egypt”
Vs. 7 “The wilderness” Ex. 13:21-22
Includes the Red Sea to Mt. Sinai
Vs. 8 “Sinai” Ex. 19:1
Where God gave Israel the Law
Vs. 9 “when it ‘thine inheritance’ was weary”
From Numbers 14 when God sentenced them to wilderness wandering until Joshua 1 when the Lord took them into the Promised Land under Joshua.
Ne 9:21-23 Yea, forty years didst thou sustain them in the wilderness, so that they lacked nothing; their clothes waxed not old, and their feet swelled not. 22 Moreover thou gavest them kingdoms and nations, and didst divide them into corners: so they possessed the land of Sihon, and the land of the king of Heshbon, and the land of Og king of Bashan. 23 Their children also multipliedst thou as the stars of heaven, and broughtest them into the land, concerning which thou hadst promised to their fathers, that they should go in to possess it.
Vs. 10 “dwelt therein”
Israel dwelt in their land and prospered into a nation. At the point in time when the Psalm was given, Israel had seen to date her greatest realization of the blessings of God in her own land under David her king:
2Sa 5:9-10 So David dwelt in the fort, and called it the city of David. And David built round about from Millo and inward. 10 And David went on, and grew great, and the LORD God of hosts was with him.
II. Exaltation of the God of Israel in her Expectation
A. The Progress of God Vs. 20-32
1. Expectation of His Promises vs. 19-23
“I will bring”
2. Exultation of His People vs. 24-32
“Bless ye God in the congregation”
At verse 20 the tense has changed and David’s praise turns to prophesy!
B. The Program of God Vs. 31-35
1. Subjugation of all Opposition vs. 31
“Princes shall come”
2. Sovereignty Celebrated vs. 32-35
“Ye kingdoms of the earth”
The Works of God Remembered
Let this Mind be in You
“If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:”
The word translated “mind” in our text also translated “savourest” in Matt. 16:23 and Mark 8:33 where the Lord rebukes Peter. In Romans 14:6 it is translated “reguardeth” in reference to men regarding days. In I Cor. 4:6 The Holy Spirit uses it to warn men not “to think” of men above that which is written. In I Cor. 13:11 it is translated “I understood.” Later in Philippians 4:2 it is translated “your care” and “ye were careful.” Finally, in Col. 3:2 it is translated “set your affections.”
When we consider the usage of this Greek word and the translations into English we come up with a word picture and with that word picture a better understanding of our text, as this word appears three times here in the five verses. In verse 2 it is “ye be likeminded” and “mind” and in verse 5 it is “Let mind be.”
The word describes what we savor, that is our tastes and interests. The word means regard, as in what we deem of importance or valuable. The word means to esteem as to what and who we hold in regard. The word means to comprehend and grasp. The word means to carefully consider and meet the needs of another. The word means to place your affections and desires upon something. You see, this is a very important subject, for the mind of the church will affect its desires, direction, dedication, and drive…
Our goal today is to identify biblically the mind that is to be in the church. We are recognizing that the book of Philippians was written to the church at Philippi (see 1:1). This being the case, it important for context for us to remember here in chapter two Paul entreats the church “Let this mind be in you, which was in Christ Jesus! We are discussing this morning, the church having the very mind of Christ!
1Co 2:14-16 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. 15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. 16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.
I. Rhetorical Truth: “If there be therefore…” Vs. 1
Rhetorical truths to enforce a Spiritual truth…
The truths presented are presented in a rhetorical manner by the world “if.” The truths are so great and magnificent, that for us to expound them from the Scriptures it would take a year of sermons upon each one and still we would not exhaust the proclamation and demonstration of these truths (Consolation in Christ, comfort of love, fellowship of the Spirit, bowels and mercies) throughout the volume of God’s Book! Thus, we will simply use the previous chapter of this small Epistle to demonstrate the absoluteness of each truth presented rhetorically…
If there be any consolation in Christ
Paul writes from prison, to a church that was founded under his ministry only after a serious beating and time in jail. He writes not in tones of regret and despondency, but in hope and celebration of the accomplishments of God through Christ in them!
Philippians 1:2 Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
If any comfort of love
The love Paul had for the Philippians and the Philippians for Paul obviously brought him comfort in his conflict!
Philippians 1:7 Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart; inasmuch as both in my bonds, and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel, ye all are partakers of my grace.
If any fellowship of the Spirit
Through the prayers of the Philippians and the supply of the Spirit… Paul had an expectation and hope!
Philippians 1:18-20 What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretence, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice. 19 For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, 20 According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.
If any bowels and mercies
It is truly miraculous how Christ completely changed the heart and life of Saul of Tarsus! Paul lived the Philippian church in the bowels of Jesus Christ!
Philippians 1:8 For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ.
If these things exist and are a reality, which they are for the child of God and the church of Jesus Christ, then there should be a reality seen in the church of Jesus Christ!
II. Practical Truth
A. “That ye be…” Vs. 2 (Our “being”)
Be likeminded: “uniformity” of mind
Pr 23:6-7 Eat thou not the bread of him that hath an evil eye, neither desire thou his dainty meats: 7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.
1. The same love “sameness of love”
2. In one accord “similar sentiment”
3. Of ONE MIND “singularity” of mind
B. “let…be done…” Vs. 3 (Our “doing”)
1. Negatively “let NOTHING be done through…
2. Positively “but let [everything be gone]”
a. In lowliness of mind
b. Let each esteem other
C. “look on…” Vs. 4 (Our “look”)
1. Negatively – “not on his own things”
2. Positively – “on the things of others”
3. Responsibility – “every man”
III. Powerful truth Vs. 5
“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:”
This is the key to the entire message! The mind of the church will determine the behavior of the church, the attitude of the church, the very heart of the church! The mind that should be in us is not mine, not yours, and not anyone else but Christ’s!
Anticipating His Government
Let all the People Praise Thee
To the chief Musician on Neginoth, A Psalm or Song.
1 God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us; Selah. 2 That thy way may be known upon earth, thy saving health among all nations. 3 Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee. 4 O let the nations be glad and sing for joy: for thou shalt judge the people righteously, and govern the nations upon earth. Selah. 5 Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee. 6Then shall the earth yield her increase; and God, even our own God, shall bless us. 7 God shall bless us; and all the ends of the earth shall fear him.
I. Petition vs. 1
Vs. 1 “God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us; Selah.”
The greatest needs of God’s people are not the physical and temporal needs that they have in this earthly experience. God is petitioned in verse one for these greatest of all blessings that could possibly be experienced by men.
A. Mercy The provision of God for His people
“be merciful unto us”
Mercy is the provision of God for His people, the provision for their sins that they may be forgiven. It is the benevolence shown of the perfect and Holy one upon His imperfect children!
B. Blessing The promises of God for His people
Blessing: that which is promised of God for His people for their obedience to Him. The blessing of God is not a mystery! God desires to bless His people!
C. Countenance The pleasure of God for His people
“cause His face to shine upon us”
Anyone that has seen a child light up at the presence of their parents understands this phrase! The shinning of His face upon them is the demonstration of the pleasure of God in His children.
II. Purposevs. 2-4
Vs. 2-4 “That thy way may be known upon earth, thy saving health among all nations. Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee. O let the nations be glad and sing for joy: for thou shalt judge the people righteously, and govern the nations upon earth. Selah.”
The Psalms are the Hebrew Hymnal, to understand the Psalms we must understand them from the Hebrew viewpoint. To Israel was prophesied to be a blessing, to them was promised the land, to David’s seed was promised the kingdom. This Psalm is in anticipation of that Kingdom and the Government of God upon the Earth!
A. Present Desire of God
1. “That Thy way may be known upon the earth”
This morning as we preached Phil. 1:20 we preached on Paul’s statement “Christ shall be magnified in my body.” What a powerful truth and not so unrelated to the truths expressed here. God has always desired that men, all men would know Him and know His ways upon this earth!
2. “That Thy saving health among all nations”
De 4:5-7 Behold, I have taught you statutes and judgments, even as the LORD my God commanded me, that ye should do so in the land whither ye go to possess it. 6 Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people. 7 For what nation is there so great, who hath God so nigh unto them, as the LORD our God is in all things that we call upon him for?
3. Let all the people praise Thee!
B. Promised Determination of God
When God truly reigns upon the earth, all nations will be affected! “let the nations be glad and sing for joy”
1. O let the nations be glad and sing for joy
2. For thou shalt judge the people righteously
3. For thou shalt govern upon the earth
Through Moses God said:
De 26:16-19 This day the LORD thy God hath commanded thee to do these statutes and judgments: thou shalt therefore keep and do them with all thine heart, and with all thy soul. 17 Thou hast avouched the LORD this day to be thy God, and to walk in his ways, and to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and to hearken unto his voice: 18 And the LORD hath avouched thee this day to be his peculiar people, as he hath promised thee, and that thou shouldest keep all his commandments; 19 And to make thee high above all nations which he hath made, in praise, and in name, and in honour; and that thou mayest be an holy people unto the LORD thy God, as he hath spoken.
Through Nathan the Prophet:
2Sa 7:4-18 And it came to pass that night, that the word of the LORD came unto Nathan, saying, 5 Go and tell my servant David, Thus saith the LORD, Shalt thou build me an house for me to dwell in? 6 Whereas I have not dwelt in any house since the time that I brought up the children of Israel out of Egypt, even to this day, but have walked in a tent and in a tabernacle. 7 In all the places wherein I have walked with all the children of Israel spake I a word with any of the tribes of Israel, whom I commanded to feed my people Israel, saying, Why build ye not me an house of cedar? 8 Now therefore so shalt thou say unto my servant David, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I took thee from the sheepcote, from following the sheep, to be ruler over my people, over Israel: 9 And I was with thee whithersoever thou wentest, and have cut off all thine enemies out of thy sight, and have made thee a great name, like unto the name of the great men that are in the earth. 10 Moreover I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own, and move no more; neither shall the children of wickedness afflict them any more, as beforetime, 11 And as since the time that I commanded judges to be over my people Israel, and have caused thee to rest from all thine enemies. Also the LORD telleth thee that he will make thee an house. 12 And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom. 13 He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever. 14 I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men: 15 But my mercy shall not depart away from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before thee. 16 And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever. 17 According to all these words, and according to all this vision, so did Nathan speak unto David. 18 Then went king David in, and sat before the LORD, and he said, Who am I, O Lord GOD? and what is my house, that thou hast brought me hitherto?
Through Isaiah the Prophet:
Isaiah 9:6-7 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
“Let the People praise Thee O God, Let all the people praise Thee”
The thought that comes to mind is the unbelievers argument that God cannot possibly exist, or if He exists, not a good god for the conditions in the world. Wars, amines, diseases, and every malady of the earthy experience in blamed upon the Lord. The Millennial Kingdom demonstrates what the earth will be like when the effects of man’s fall will be removed by the benevolent King that shall rule over BOTH WICKED AND THE JUST in righteousness and on an earth free of the curse!
Romans 8:18-24 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. 19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. 20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, 21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. 23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. 24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?
III. Prospect vs. 5-7
Vs. 5-7 “Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee. Then shall the earth yield her increase; and God, even our own God, shall bless us. God shall bless us; and all the ends of the earth shall fear him.”
When God truly reigns upon the earth, all nature will be affected! “Then shall the earth yield her increase”
Isaiah 11:1-10 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: 2 And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD; 3 And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: 4 But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. 5 And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins. 6 The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. 7 And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. 8 And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’ den. 9 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea. 10 And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.
1. The earth shall yield forth her increase
2. God shall bless us
B. Prediction “all the ends of the earth shall fear Him”
Let the people praise Thee, O God; let all the people praise Thee
Christ shall be magnified in my body
Php 1:19-21 For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, 20 According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. 21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
The “crucified life” is not here declared, but demonstrated! The crucified life was clearly demonstrated by the Apostle Paul here in this epistle to the Philippians.
I. The Concept:
“Magnifying the Excellent by the Earthen”
2Co 4:5-7 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake. 6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
A. The Earthen Vessel of Christ’s Body: “Earthen Vessel”
This is ultimately speaking of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ Himself. A Vessel unto honor, what a treasure is in that Earthen Vessel, God manifest in the Flesh. He Who took upon Himself the very likeness of sinful flesh; yet, without sin. He was tested – tried – tempted in all points even as we are, yet without sin. He is the most unique one that ever lived; though He is Divine, Deity, very God; yet He was as Human as we are — He is the God-Man — both God and Man at both one and the same time. As Man, He knows our every trial and temptation that we can possibly experience.
He was so Human –– That He could thirst (woman at well, John 4)
Yet, So Divine that He can give us the water of life that we shall never thirst. He can make a well of water come forth into everlasting life.
Two times He asked for a drink: Woman at well, & the Cross ‘I thrist.’
So Human –– That He could Hunger,
Yet, So Divine that He could take a Lad’s Lunch (5 loaves- 2 fishes) and feed a hungry multitude of 5000 plus, with 12 basketfuls left over.
So Human –– That He could Sorrow, Weep real tears in sympathy with grieving Mary & Martha.
Yet, So Divine that a few moments later, He could cry out ‘Lazarus, come forth’ and the dead came forth bound hand and foot, ‘… loose him, let him go.’
So Human –– That He could be Betrayed by one His own, Judas — by the sacred token of love, a Kiss.
Yet, So Divine that later His words from the Cross were, ‘Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.’ (Luke 23:34).
So Human –– That He could Suffer, Bleed, & Die on the Cross (NOTE: God cannot die, but as Man He died that we might live.
Yet, So Divine that Death, Hell & the Grave could not hold Him.
‘Up from the grave He arose, mighty triumphant….’
So Human –– That He commanded His disciples (us) to ‘….witness of Him both in Jerusalem, Judaea, Samaria and unto the uttermost part of the earth.’
Yet, So Divine that He would endue them with Power to do it.
So Human –– That He will bear in His Body the Marks, scars, wounds of our sin for all eternity,
Yet, So Divine that He will give us a new body fashioned like His, but without the scars of sin.
So Human –– That He Knows our every need, and
Yet, So Divine that He can supply all your need according to His riches….
So Human –– That this Same Jesus will soon come back as He left,
Yet, So Divine that where He is, we shall be also, ‘In my Father’s house are many mansions: If it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you, And if I go and prepare a place for you, I WIIL COME AGAIN, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye maybe also.’ (John 14:2-3). ~Pastor Paul Fedena
B. The Earthen Vessels of the Christians: “earthen vessels”
2 Corinthians 4:7 speaks of “vessels” plural. Meaning not specifically the Lord, though He is the example, but specifically the BELIEVER!
1. The Peculiar Depository! *Peculiar Place for such Treasure*
For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing:..
Ge 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
1 Cor 15:50 this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
Heb 2:14-15 then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same;that through death he might destroy himthat had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver themwho through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
2. The Profuse Endowment!
RESULTS OF SALVATION:
Salvation results in: A NEW BIRTH (Jn. 1:12, I Pet. 1:23), we are made the Children of God (by birth – Jn 3:3, I Pet. 1:23 and by adoption – Rom. 8:14-16); A NEW CREATURE(II Cor. 5:21, Eph. 2:10); A NEW POSITION (Eph. 2:6-7); A NEW PURPOSE (Eph. 2:10, Col. 3:1-3); A NEW CITIZENSHIP ( Eph. 2:19-20, Phil. 3:20, and II Cor. 5:20).
SECURITY OF SALVATION:
Salvation is eternal (Jn. 3:15-16; 5:24; 6:40; Acts 13:48; I Tim. 6:12; Heb. 5:9; I Jn. 1:2; 5:11). The security of the believer’s salvation is not dependent upon the believer, but it is dependent on the Savior (Jn. 6:40; 10:28-29; Rom. 8:33-39; Heb. 8:25; I Pet. 1:3-5; Eph. 4:30). The Holy Spirit SEALSthe believer until the day of redemption (Eph. 2:13; 4: 30). This seal secures the believer in his position in Christ until the believer is forever at home in heaven. The believer is SECUREDin salvation because he is kept by the power of God (Jn. 10:29-30; I Pet. 1:3-5).
Col 1:27 whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you,the hope of glory: * Person and presence of God Himself!
Rom 8:38-39 I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. * Personal love and attention of God!
3. The Powerful Investment
* God’s Investment in ME awaits a return in the lives of others!
Luke 6:45 good manout of the good treasure his heart bringeth forth that which is good;…
Phm 1:6 That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.
*Any and all “good” that we do as a Child of God is made possible as we draw from this investment that he has placed within us!*
John 9:5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.
Matt 5:14-16 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
2 Cor 3:2-3 Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men: Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.
II. The Contradiction:
My Body, the Earthen Vessel, the weakest and most frail of all vessels yet it is in this vessel of weakness God chooses to magnify Himself!
III. The Consideration:
What is it to magnify?
Magnify can mean to enlarge something that is small to make it appear larger (like a microscope magnifies small things). It can also mean to enhance an object that is far making it appear closer (Like a telescope magnifies distant things). Certainly the Christian serves not as a microscope, but as a telescope, to show forth the Glories of the King of kings and ruler of a distant Kingdom.
His Strength is magnified in weakness. (2 Cor. 12:9)
His Love is magnified in Death. (Rom. 5:8/2 Cor. 5:14)
His Grace is magnified in Salvation. (Eph. 2:5)
His Mercy is magnified in Forgiveness. (Eph. 4:32)
A Psalm of Grace and Providence
or “Blessed be God”
I am excited to preach this Psalm tonight. I know it is “good food” for God’s people! It has refreshing milk for all Believers reminding us of the worthiness of our God of our praise our worship even the entirety of our lives! It also has strong meat for the mature Believer reminding us not only of our Helper and Comforter in all our afflictions, but also will remind us of the pitiful state of the lost that know all the afflictions and hardships of this world but do not know our God!!! BLESSED BE GOD!
Psalm 66:1-7 To the chief Musician, A Song or Psalm. Make a joyful noise unto God, all ye lands: 2 Sing forth the honour of his name: make his praise glorious. 3 Say unto God, How terrible art thou in thy works! through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies submit themselves unto thee. 4 All the earth shall worship thee, and shall sing unto thee; they shall sing to thy name. Selah. 5 Come and see the works of God: he is terrible in his doing toward the children of men. 6 He turned the sea into dry land: they went through the flood on foot: there did we rejoice in him. 7 He ruleth by his power for ever; his eyes behold the nations: let not the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah.
I. Thanksgiving to the LORD vs. 1-7
“Make a joyful noise unto God”
A. Praise vs. 1-2 “make His praise glorious”
The Psalm begins with both a command and a challenge to make the praises of our God to be equal to the honour of His name! The challenge is not that we have not enough reason to praise Him, but that we recognize God and His works in our praise!
B. Power vs. 3-4 “through the greatness of Thy power”
1. Notice the Direction of His praise:
“Say unto God”
True praise is expressed in communication with God! The Lord must be the sole object and the primary audience of our Praise!
2. Notice the Declaration of his praise:
“How terrible art thou”
3. Notice the Destiny of praise:
“shall Thine enemies submit themselves unto Thee”
“All the earth shall worship Thee”
C. Providence vs. 5-7 “He turned the sea into dry land”
The Providence of God is described by the word “terrible” in verse five.
1. A recognition of What the Lord has done vs. 5-6
2. A realization of What the Lord is doing vs. 7
*Addendum part ONE:
The TERRIBLE DOING TO THE CHILDREN OF MEN
“Come and see the works of God: he is terrible in his doing toward the children of men”
COME AND SEE…
The two viewpoints with which one can consider the sea into dry land and the flood that followed:
The Eyes of Israel: DELIVERANCE
God in respect to His covenant and in response to the cry of Israel DELVERED them at the Red Sea!
The Eyes of Egypt: DESTRUCTION
God rescued His people and raged upon His enemies all in the same event!
Psalm 66:8-15 O bless our God, ye people, and make the voice of his praise to be heard: 9 Which holdeth our soul in life, and suffereth not our feet to be moved. 10 For thou, O God, hast proved us: thou hast tried us, as silver is tried. 11 Thou broughtest us into the net; thou laidst affliction upon our loins. 12 Thou hast caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water: but thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place. 13 I will go into thy house with burnt offerings: I will pay thee my vows, 14 Which my lips have uttered, and my mouth hath spoken, when I was in trouble. 15 I will offer unto thee burnt sacrifices of fatlings, with the incense of rams; I will offer bullocks with goats. Selah.
II. Tribute to the LORD vs. 8-15
“but thou broughtest us out”
A. Protection vs. 8-9 “Who holdest our soul in life”
Watch care of the inner man: “holdeth our soul in life”
Watch care of the outer walk: “sufferth not our feet to be moved”
B. Providence vs. 10-12 “broughtest us into… out”
Affliction: the unavoidable reality of life in this “present evil world”
Advantage: “Thou broughtest us in… Thou broughtest us out… to a wealthy place!”
It is not that the people of God are immune from the afflictions and storms of this life, it is that as they endure such things, there is one that faithfully brings them in and lovingly brings them out, causing the affliction and the storm not to overwhelm them, but to improve them! These are they that find themselves not in a wasteland in the wake of the tempest, but in a WEALTHY PLACE!
C. Presentment vs. 13-15 “I will offer unto Thee”
The Jew that knew such of the presence and blessing of God upon himself and his people in the “storms” freely offered the sacrifices and performed the vows to the God of Israel that worked so mightily on their behalf and in them. So likewise, Christian friend we as His children, that know His salvation and His presence and His comfort and blessing can also present to Him our earnest and sincere offering and sacrifice of our lips:
Heb 13:15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.
Psalm 66:16-20 Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what he hath done for my soul. 17 I cried unto him with my mouth, and he was extolled with my tongue. 18 If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me: 19But verily God hath heard me; he hath attended to the voice of my prayer. 20 Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my prayer, nor his mercy from me.
III. Testimony to the LORD vs. 16-20
“Come and hear, I will declare what he hath done”
A. Confession vs. 16-17 “for my soul”
Attentive Audience: “all ye that fear God”
Delighted Declarer: “I will declare what He hath done for my soul”
*Addendum Part TWO:
The TESTIMONY of His Acts to those the fear Him
COME AND HEAR!
How strange must the people of God appear to the worldlings that know of the oppression and suffering of this life, but know nothing of the comfort and blessings of God! How foolish and even offensive must our rejoicing seem to such “having no hope and without God in the world!”
Mr 7:16 If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.
B. Conviction vs. 18 “If I regard iniquity…will not hear”
Note the conviction of heart of the man that knows and seeks the face of God! It isn’t that the preacher is ranting of this; it is that the very yearning of his heart knows this! It is his personal conviction and thus drives him to personal examination!
C. Confidence vs. 19-20 “God hath heard”
How glorious it is to be not only positionally forgiven and pure, but even much more having examined ourselves in light of the word of God and His Spirit and knowing He has indeed heard me!
Blessed be God which hath not turned away my prayer!
Blessed be God which hath not turned His mercy from me!
Harvest Hymn of Praise
I. Approach vs. 1-4 “Whom Thou causest to approach”
Ps 65:1-4 To the chief Musician, A Psalm and Song of David. Praise waiteth for thee, O God, in Sion: and unto thee shall the vow be performed. 2 O thou that hearest prayer, unto thee shall all flesh come. 3 Iniquities prevail against me: as for our transgressions, thou shalt purge them away. 4 Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple.
Though Babylon adores Antichrist, Zion remains faithful to her King; to him, and to him only, she brings her perpetual oblation of worship. Those who have seen in Zion the blood of sprinkling, and know themselves to belong to the church of the firstborn, can never think of her without presenting humble praise to Zion’s God; his mercies are too numerous and precious to be forgotten. ~C.H. Spurgeon
Zion’s king is our King, and our King is our Saviour! He alone is worthy of praise and He is worthy of the performing of our vows! Let us first think
A. Prayer vs. 1,2
Consider the proclamation: “O Thou that hearest Prayer…”
God hears prayer! They that are no gods cannot hear and answer prayer. If the prayers of those that follow the gods of this world seem answered, they are merely misappropriating the goodness of God and His creation or they are the deceptive workings of the god of this world in disguising himself to appear benevolent, granting temporal blessings in exchange for their eternal souls!
Ps 115:3-8 But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased. 4 Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands. 5 They have mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not: 6 They have ears, but they hear not: noses have they, but they smell not: 7 They have hands, but they handle not: feet have they, but they walk not: neither speak they through their throat. 8 They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them.
Consider both the dedication of the prophets of Baal and the prophets of the groves and the vanity of their dedication as the Scriptures describes in I Kings 18:25-29 the result of all their dutiful efforts as, “there was neither voice, nor any to answer, nor any that regarded.”
B. Pardon vs. 3
1. The prevailing of iniquity ~ The downfall of men
2. The purging of iniquity ~ The delight of God
C. Provision vs. 4
God’s chosen people are the nation of Israel! Throughout the Old Testament, He speaks to the nation of His benevolence and blessing is choosing first the family of Abraham, then His seed, and through them he would ultimately bless all men! The provision for His people throughout the Scriptures would be a preview and a prophecy of the ultimate provision through the Son of God, Jesus Christ the Messiah!
1. Thou Choosest
2Th 2:13-14 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: 14 Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
2. Thou Causest
Just as we have looked at the parable of the Good Samaritan and noted the Samaritan as a type of Christ going to the dying man and rescuing him, bringing him to the inn… So He has ministered to us in our inability to rescue ourselves, causing us to be able to come unto Him!
II. Answer vs. 5-8 “wilt Thou answer us”
Ps 65:5-8 By terrible things in righteousness wilt thou answer us, O God of our salvation; who art the confidence of all the ends of the earth, and of them that are afar off upon the sea: 6 Which by his strength setteth fast the mountains; being girded with power: 7 Which stilleth the noise of the seas, the noise of their waves, and the tumult of the people. 8 They also that dwell in the uttermost parts are afraid at thy tokens: thou makest the outgoings of the morning and evening to rejoice.
A. Confidence vs. 5
How many victories had God wrought for Israel in her history? How powerful had God showed Himself on her behalf? Certainly Israel could recognize “by terrible things in righteousness” God had done and God would do on their behalf!
1. “terrible things” “The might” of God as shown in His works.
2. “in righteousness” “The right” of God’s works in righteousness!
3. “the confidence” God can be depended upon as the judge of all the earth!
B. Strength vs. 6
C. Peace vs. 7,8
1. The calamities of nature
2. The clamoring of men
“Thou makest the outgoings of the morning and the evening to rejoice”
The song says “because He lives, I can face tomorrow, because He lives all fear is gone, because I know He holds the future that ,life is worth the living just because He lives” It is the Lord that makes the outgoings of the morning and the evening to rejoice! In this dreadful wicked world, men have hope because of our God!
III. Adoration vs. 9-13 “Thou…”
Ps 65:9-13 Thou visitest the earth, and waterest it: thou greatly enrichest it with the river of God, which is full of water: thou preparest them corn, when thou hast so provided for it. 10 Thou waterest the ridges thereof abundantly: thou settlest the furrows thereof: thou makest it soft with showers: thou blessest the springing thereof. 11 Thou crownest the year with thy goodness; and thy paths drop fatness. 12 They drop upon the pastures of the wilderness: and the little hills rejoice on every side. 13 The pastures are clothed with flocks; the valleys also are covered over with corn; they shout for joy, they also sing.
A. Provision vs. 9-11
Mt 5:44-45 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
B. Praise vs. 11-13
The Good Samaritan
Text: Lu 10:34-37
34 And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35 And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee. 36 Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves? 37 And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.
The PLACE of Ministry: (vs. 34-35)
*Note the CONDITION of the man just rescued from the assaults of sins and the great CARE needed for his full recovery. This CARE is begun by CHRIST and CARRIED out in the Inn (that I believe is a type of the church). It is also the institution CONTRACTED by Christ to CONTINUE this care on His behalf with the promise !
“O beloved, hold everything loosely! You are in a dying world, and everything about you is like yourself, shadowy and fleeting. Do not build your nest here as if you were to abide here for ever. We ought to live in this world like lodgers at an inn. There was a good bishop, who used to say that he should like to die at an inn, because he felt as if he should then be in a similar position both literally and spiritually; and, truly, that is the spirit, in which Christians should live here. A man on a journey goes to an inn, to spend a night; he does not trouble himself because the room is not quite to his taste, for he will be off in the morning. You, believer, are only at an inn, so do not fret about the little inconveniences there, for you are to be off in the morning, and you may depend upon it that your Father’s carriage will be at the door at the right time, so have everything packed up ready for your departure. Do not go buying a lot of lumber here, for you cannot carry it with you. Have very little, and have it all ready.” ~C.H. Spurgeon
I concur with Mr. Spurgeon, but I don’t believe he was specific enough. I don’t believe the inn to just represent the temporary condition of the Christian’s earthly pilgrimage only, but it was a brick and mortar institution. This inn provided a tangible respite from the dangers of the road to those lately rescued to recover!
I. Consider Christ PERSONALLY Cared for the man.
“brought him, and took care of him”
There is a tremendous upheaval in Christian circles in rejection of the local church. “Para-church” ministries are everywhere. Men minister in ministries named after themselves. I know it may not be a popular position in our day, but in my observation of the Scriptures, and when I squint just right at the text, I believe I can see an example of the church here! I readily admit there is no clear mention of the word “church” in this parable. So you see for yourself, is everything in this parable dripping with symbolism and rich in meaning, everything except this inn? I also must quickly say Jesus declared he would build his church (Matt 16:18) that would stand in direct opposition to the gates of hell and would not be prevailed upon! The Scriptures describe the church as the pillar and ground of the truth (I Tim. 3:15). It was a church (assembly of 120 believers) that the Holy Spirit empowered on the day of Pentecost and that the Lord added to daily in those days! It was the church that would know the manifold wisdom of God (Eph. 3:10) it was the churches that were given the ordinances for to keep memorializing the finished work of Christ and His return (Acts 2:41/II Cor. 11:28-33)
Please forgive me tonight, I know the word “church” is not spelled out here in our passage, but if I squint just right looking at the Bible, I cannot help but see in this “inn” a very strong resemblance to it! Christ in type of this Samaritan personally brought this man to this place and He ministered to him first there.
II. Consider Christ COMMISSIONED Care to be Continued
“take care of him”
If this is inn is not the representation of the churches of Jesus Christ, then who pray tell is responsible for such people? Is Leisure Larry that lays at home on Sundays and faithfully attends saint mattress, is he responsible? Is Christ beating a path to his front door so that he can care for such men? Is Extravagant Evangelist whose website address is www.extravagentevangelist.com the one responsible to care for such men? What about The Best Baptist Bible College INN? Somebody help me with this, my hermeneutics is having a melt down! IF this is NOT THE CHURCH THEN WHO OR WHAT IS IT!?!
Is it not odd that the Apostle Paul put such pressure on the Corinthian church for the work of God?
2Co 8:7-15 Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also. 8 I speak not by commandment, but by occasion of the forwardness of others, and to prove the sincerity of your love. 9 For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich. 10 And herein I give my advice: for this is expedient for you, who have begun before, not only to do, but also to be forward a year ago. 11 Now therefore perform the doing of it; that as there was a readiness to will, so there may be a performance also out of that which ye have. 12 For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not. 13 For I mean not that other men be eased, and ye burdened: 14 But by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may be a supply for their want, that their abundance also may be a supply for your want: that there may be equality: 15 As it is written, He that had gathered much had nothing over; and he that had gathered little had no lack.
III. Consider Christ PROMISED Compensation
“When I return” “I will repay”
In the parable of the Good Samaritan, we find the Samaritan (who is a type of the Lord Jesus) bringing the man to the inn after binding up his wounds and pouring in oil (type of the Holy Spirit) and wine (type of the blood of Christ). It is at this inn that the man first receives the personal care of the Savior Himself in his road to recovery, “and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.” It is the keeper of the inn that receives a personal commission to “take care of him” in Christ’s physical absence. It is this inn keeper that is promised to be repaid upon Christ’s return for this care! Though this is a parable, and the Scripture does not plainly declare the inn as the churches of the Lord Jesus Christ, it is in fact the churches that are similarly charged and challenged with such things in this world!
Php 4:15-19 Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only. 16 For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity. 17 Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account. 18 But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God. 19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
I do not know all the details of how exactly the lord will work this out, but I know He is the judge and there will be a judgment one day for His people. I believe in rewards and the loss thereof, not only for individuals, but SOMEHOW, God is going to also reward CHURCHES…
The Philippian church was told that Paul desire fruit to abound to their account… This means there will be an accounting, and there will be a corporate accounting with the possibility of fruit abounding. I don’t know HOW God will do it, but I TRUST that he will reward our small inner city church for the fruit not only of the churches He has established from our midst here in the States and around the world, but He will also bring to our account the fruit of the missionaries and church-planters we support through our prayers and giving!