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Blameless Before Others

John Collins03/12/2012Paul speaking to the Phillipians in Phillipians 2 was teaching the message of Love.  

He said that if we are to find any consolation in Christ, or find any comfort of Love, any fellowship in the Spirit, or any mercy, we must have the same Love that Jesus Christ had.  Paul asked them to give him the joy he longed for, asking that they all have the same Love.

He told them to let nothing they do be done with glory in themselves, but to humble their minds to lift up others around them.  They should not be proud of the things they have, each one of them should give glory to the things of others.

Paul told us that we should have the mind of Christ.  Christ was in the form of God, and was equal to God.  But though He was equal to God, He made no reputation for Himself.  He took the form of a servent and was made to look like men.  As a man, He humbled Himself, and was obedient in all things until he died on the cross.

God also exalted Jesus, and gave Him a name which is above every name.  At the name of Jesus, every knee should bow -- in heaven, in earth, and even under the earth.  Every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, which gives the glory to God the Father.

Paul praised them for their faithfulness.  He said that they had obeyed not only when he was around them, but also in his absence.  They had worked out their own salvation with fear and trembling.  But not them, it was God that worked in them for His good pleasure.

Paul asked that they do these things without grumbling and complaining, or disputing the words he said:

They should be blameless and harmless.  They should be the sons of God, without doing a single thing that would cause others to rebuke them -- even though they were in the midst of a crooked and perverted nation.  They should shine as the lights in the world.

They should hold to the word of life so that Paul could rejoice in the day of Christ's return, that he had not preached to them and labored in vain.  If he would be offered to the sacrifice and service of their faith, he would have joy and rejoice with them.

Paul said that for that reason, they should also have joy and rejoice with him.  He promised to send Timothy to them shortly afterwards, so that he could comfort in knowing how they were doing.

Paul said that he had no man who had his state of mind, flowing with Love.  No man could naturally care for their state of affairs as he did, because every man seeks out their own glory, instead of things to give the glory to Jesus Christ.

As Christians, we should ask ourselves:  Do we have and teach the same Love that Jesus Christ had and taught?  Do we lift ourselves up above others, or do we lift up Christ?  Do we follow Christ's example of humility and Love?  Do we work out our own salvation with fear and trembling?  Are we blameless, or do we do things that even the crooked and perverted people of this world can find fault with us?  Do we shine our lights to the world?  Are we flowing with Love?