Saturday, April 07, 2007

Philippians 1:9-11

Scripture:
9And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, 11filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.

Insight:
This passage demonstrates a powerful progression of decisions, responses, and outcomes that result in a life lived for the glory of God. May we all live out this prayer of Paul’s.

Here is how it is played out. Our love increases and is more effective when we increase in the knowledge of God and have additional insight into his will. Where do we primarily find knowledge and insight? The bible. Out of this comes the ability to be able to know what is right – to know God’s perfect will. Rather than living for ourselves and making selfish, sinful, and destructive decisions; we are able to make the right decision and choose the Godly path which is the pure and blameless path. Choosing this path produces the good fruit of true righteousness. However, this whole process will fail and produce nothing without Christ. All of this is only possible because of our dependence upon and subsequent obedience to Jesus. Finally the ultimate result of this lifestyle is a life lived for the glory and praise of Almighty God. This reminds me of the Westminster Catechism which states: “man's chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever”.

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