The Power of Grace Ministries

September 30

The greatest joy a Christian can have while here on earth is to realize they have helped others gain their own personal relationship with Jesus Christ. 

Philippians 4:1-3
“1 Therefore, my beloved and longed-for brethren, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, beloved. 2 I implore Euodia and I implore Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. 3 And I urge you also, true companion, help these women who labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the Book of Life.”

 Verse 1 stands alone and is an expression of love for another person that few Christians understand today.  Paul gave up everything he accomplished in life including his Roman citizenship for the knowledge of Christ, Philippians 3:7-8.  In verse 1 of the 4th chapter he states that his brethren in Philippi are beloved, longed for, his joy, and crown.  Paul is expressing the abundant joy of obtaining the mind of Christ.  Like Jesus, Paul has found the joy of bringing people to the kingdom of God and a deeper understanding of His love for them.  To be able to show lost people the way to God through Jesus so that they can develop their own relationship with God is an awesome honor.  This deep interaction with another person is an example and the development of Agape Love in a person’s life.  Paul did not go to the extremes he took for recognition from man.  Everything he did was to edify and exhort people into their own understanding of the grace of God and he rebuked the false doctrines of people that taught otherwise.  Only Paul could have reached the people he did, because he was after only one thing, “the prize of the high calling of God, in Christ” Philippians 3:13-14). 

 Paul went on to address a typical issue that persists today in the modern church; contention and jealousy. Once again he is not instructing these two women to think alike or be in any kind of unity of lifestyle, but rather grow toward having the mind of Christ in all matters that were referenced in the previous chapters.  Because we all come from varied backgrounds, and have learned different morays, we can never become robotic nor were we called to be.  Paul also addressed the issue of contentions, jealousies, strife, etc, with the Corinthians in both letters to them (1 Corinthians 1:11, & 2 Corinthians 12:20). He also confronted the Galatians in chapter 5, and instructed Titus in chapter 3 to guide the Cretans out of the same pitfall.  Self-centeredness is the only thing that can cause two people to fight with each other and the spiritually stronger one is the only one that can and should walk away without having to prove their point.  In Matthew 9:42 Jesus warns the people about causing a little one (weaker one), to stumble.  It is far better to be the one offended and giving that offence over to God, than to be the offender which is walking in pride and self-centeredness.  If you feel compelled to have to prove your point, I have to ask are you really trying to prove it to yourself?  If you know the truth and have no doubt, than there is no need to argue.  If a person can’t understand or accept the truth, then don’t cast your pearls to swine.  If they have a true heart toward God and consistently seek His truth they will learn the truth; just love them.  If they are not seriously seeking God with their whole heart instead of man’s approval than they will not hear the truth from Him, and your arguing with them will not work either.  Just walk away! Notice men that these contentions are not restricted to women, Paul adds in a man’s name to the ones in need of reconciliation. 

 There are books in heaven that are records of our actions while here on earth, and all mankind will be judged by them, Revelations 20:12. According to Rev 20:12 the Book of Life supersedes anything else written about us in the other books.  The “Book of Life” spoken of at the end of verse 3 must be referencing “The Book” spoken of in Daniel 12:1, and seven times in Revelations.  To have our names written in the Book of Life is our assurance of acceptance into heaven and eternity in the presence with God and Jesus.  No one can enter into God’s presence without his/her name written in the Book of Life, Revelations 21:27.  And all it takes to get your name written into this Book of Life is to believe that Jesus died for your sins and rose again sitting at the right hand of God, and to confess Him as your Lord and Savior.  If anyone tells you otherwise or adds to this let them be accursed because they are preaching antichrist.