Monthly Archive November 2018

ByQuits Sabio

Working Out By Not Grumbling

Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may be blameless and pure, children of God without blemish though you live in a crooked and perverse society, in which you shine as lights in the world by holding on to the word of life so that on the day of Christ I will have a reason to boast that I did not run in vain nor labor in vain. – Philippians 2:14-16

How to Work out your Salvation

Verses 14-16 doesn’t have any conjunction or connector that would tell us how to relate this passage logically from the preceding verses. The immediate context seems to imply that this is an inference from or at least a way of working out your salvation.

For the following reasons:

  1. The intended result of doing all things without grumbling and arguing is to become blameless, pure and without blemish.  Take note of the word “so that” plus the subjunctive “may be”. This is a ἵνα clause functioning as the intended result or purpose of the imperative in the main clause.There’s a similar idea in Philippians 1:9-11. The idea given is that when we abound in love with all knowledge and discernment we will be able to approve what is excellent(i.e. grumbling and arguing free life) and so(ἵνα) be(subjunctive) pure and blameless for the day of Christ.
  2. Which seems to suggest the climax of our sanctification at the coming of Christ Jesus, namely perfection.(The salvation being referred to in verse 12)  This is not just an appearance of blamelessness and purity but a real conformity to Christ. We know that this is the case because the phrases “at the coming of Christ” and “on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ” are associated with the transformation of our lowly bodies, resurrection from the dead, the coming of the perfect, presenting of the Church without blemish and glorification. These are still yet to come.(Philippians 1:9-11, 2:14-17, 3:20-21, 1 Corinthians 1:8, Ephesians 5:24-30, Colossians 1:22, 1 Thessalonians 5:23)
  3. The meaning of “all things”, at least in the immediate context, is referring to the commands he gave earlier; look to the interest of others, count others as more significant than yourselves, with humility obey even to the point of death as demonstrated by Christ(verse 3-8). We are motivated to do all of these because of a promised future reward(verse 9-11) and present empowering(verse 12-13).
  4. These others oriented and self denying attitude is a means to a grumble free life.  We will not grumble and argue against God and others if we are not looking to our own interest but to the interest of others. We murmur because we think that we are more significant than others and so demand better treatment.(Philippians 4:10-13, 17, Matthew 5:11-16 ,Matthew 5:43-48)

Now how does “not grumbling” would result to blamelessness?

If you can control your tongue and not stumble from it, then you can control and bridle your whole body and not stumble from it(James 3:1-2). It means you’re already perfect. Sin of grumbling is the most hard to overcome, because it flows from the dissatisfaction of the heart. Scripture says “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks”. If we treasure in our hearts earthly things and will never be satisfied by it for eternity, our hearts will just abound with complaints hence grumble against God. Therefore if we don’t grumble anymore, that only means we’re perfectly satisfied in God.

Do we really need to strive to attain perfection? Am I being a legalist if I pursue that?

Yes, we need to strive because Paul did and we are to imitate him as he imitate Christ. No, we are not being legalist nor perfectionist. Paul strived to make it his own because he already belongs to Christ(Philippians 3:7-21)

Therefore the way to work out is by doing all things without grumbling until the completion of our salvation, namely the attainment of blamelessness at the coming of Christ. And the grounds for this command is that God is working in us both the willingness and ability to look for the interest of others which is a means to a murmur free life.

Working out by not Grumbling
by Quits Sabio
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ByQuits Sabio

Christian Hedonism

My confident hope is that I will in no way be ashamed but that with complete boldness, even now as always, Christ will be exalted in my body, whether I live or die. For to me, living is Christ and dying is gain. – Philippians 1:20-21

10 Implications of Christian Hedonism in our lives

  1. This will change how we view God. God is most glorified when God is most pleased in himself, therefore God is the most happy being in the universe.
  2. This will change how you view Conversion. It is no longer just believing true doctrines and fearfully submitting to God. It is the changing of one’s heart’s desire. Changing of one’s taste for the things of God. From haters of God to lovers of God.
  3. This will change how you view worship. Worship is not us giving to God but that we are feasting at the sight of God’s beauty
  4. This will change how you view Love. Love is not just self denial, it is denial of private pleasure for the sake of corporate pleasure in God.
  5. This will change how you view Scripture. Scripture is no longer just a boring book of facts about God, but that it becomes a kindling to our joy in God. It gives us a glimpse on who this glorious God is.
  6. This will change how you view prayer. Prayer is no longer prayers for things that will eventually lead us  away from lasting Joy, but prayers that would empower us to endure temporary losses for eternal joys.
  7. This will change how we view money and resources. This will test us if we are lovers of money or God.
  8. This will change how we view Marriage. It typify Christ’s service even to the point of dying for the Church because of the joy that was set before him. Namely the purity of his bride, and the bride’s glad submission to his husband.
  9. This will change how we view missions. We are to spread the gospel for the joy of all peoples in God. Not just to be saved from the flames of hell.
  10. This will change how we view suffering. Suffering will no longer be the absence of joy but a means to it.  Christ is most magnified in us, whether by life or by death, when we are more satisfied in him than what we have in this life or what we lose in death.

 

 

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