God’s grace is for all who believe and confess Jesus as their Lord and Savior. His grace does not come to us as a result of how good we try to live but because of His love and what Jesus did for us even when we were sinners. If you have accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, He will complete the good work He has begun in you and it will not be on your efforts but in His strength.
Philippians 1:6-7 “6 being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ; 7 just as it is right for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart, inasmuch as both in my chains and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers with me of grace”.
Verse 6 is true for every believer, but God is not able to complete His good work in every believer. It is obvious that mans “will” often gets in the way of God being able to complete the good work He has started. Out heart’s desire and attitude toward our personal walk with God is the key. Paul was speaking specifically to the Philippians who had the correct heart toward the gospel. The Philippians were no longer just takers only seeking the word of God for them, but had moved over into the realm of partners with Christ to further the gospel. True God’s will is for everyone to come to Jesus for salvation, but He does not want it to stop there. Once enlightened in the grace of His gospel and cleansed by the blood of Jesus, we are to reach others who are still lost. We are to continually grow in Christ in knowledge, understanding, and wisdom. The Philippians had the knowledge of the gospel, the understanding that this message had to reach others, and the wisdom to recognize that their offerings into Paul’s ministry were also a blessing to God. God’s desire is for His children to shine in a dark world, and given the freedom to do so He will make it happen both spiritually and financially. We are the only thing that can interfere with His will for us. There are many ways we can stop His will for us spiritually and that will be for discussion later. You can also read my book God is Not Mad at You.
Paul was an Old Testament scholar and therefore, his revelation of the gospel and the truths were revealed to him through the types and shadows of the Old Testament writings by the Holy Spirit. As we look into these teachings as Paul did we must remember that the requirement for the blessings from God has been fulfilled by Jesus’s death. We no longer have to wrestle with God as Jacob did, and we do not have to go to God through another priest as in the Law of Moses, but we can still tie His hands. Paul’s focus to the Philippians at this point in his writing is on their heart’s desire toward their Tithes and Offerings. Paul knew the promises of God for such willful obedience and was encouraging them to not let up. God will complete what He has started.
Malachi 3:8-12 is one of these truths and promises for both those who bring their tithes and offerings to the church and those who withhold the same and keep it to themselves. The first truth to grasp is that even though we are the ones that perform the work necessary to receive a paycheck, it is God who gives us the natural gift and ability that makes it happen. We must recognize that God is the one who gave seed to the farmer first, breath to our lungs, wisdom and the ability to learn in school and college for preparation in the work place. Everything we have was His first and He has given it to us. All He asks is that we return a minimum of 10% to His church, and be open to His lead for additional offerings as well. If God sees that He can get His financial blessings through you to His ministry, He will get those blessings to you. The Philippians obviously tithed into their own church as we do not read in the bible or in history books where the church in Philippi collapsed from financial difficulties. They also sent additional money to Paul for the furtherance of his ministry and in doing so were partakers with him in the fruit of that ministry. When we fail to follow this simple principle as listed in Malachi 3 we actually pull down the hedge of protection from around our finances and we tie God’s hands for supernatural increase in our finances. You cannot out give God! He is not a God of just enough; He is the God of abundance. We can have confidence in His completing every good work He has started as long as we do not get in His way.
Second point to verse 6 is Paul was confident that the Day of Christ Jesus would come. Remember that Paul had the knowledge and understanding of the Old books like Psalms 37:23-27, “23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, And He delights in his way. 24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; For the Lord upholds him with His hand. 25 I have been young, and now am old; Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, Nor his descendants begging bread. 26 He is ever merciful, and lends; And his descendants are blessed. 27 Depart from evil, and do good; And dwell forevermore.” Paul knew that if God is for us no one could be against us. Today even in the midst of a storm or economic crisis that everyone seems to be crying about, God will prosper His children providing we do not tear down the wall of protection and tie His hands at multiplying our finances.
Paul knew in his heart and from the comfort and grace he had from God while in chains and imprisonment, that this same comfort and grace was for every believer. God’s grace is for all who believe and confess Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Paul knew that because the Philippians had grasped the full gospel of Christ in that it was not just for the personal taking by believers, but that they were to share in the spreading of the gospel as well, God’s grace would envelope them while here on earth. You no longer need grace once you enter heaven. We can all be partakers of the same grace through our trials in life that Paul experienced, when we commission ourselves with the gospel of Christ and live for Jesus first.
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