How the Philippian church started and progressed in the matter of giving and receiving.
Sunday, July 8, 2007
PRO 30:5 Every word of God is pure;
ISA 28:10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:
PHI 4:14 However, you have functioned honorably when you shared money with me and entered into partnership with me, in my adversity.
PHI 4:15 Now you yourselves also recognize, Philippians, that in the beginning with reference to the Gospel, after I departed from Macedonia, no church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving but you alone [only you];
“The prisoners heard them” “heard” - epakroaomai (usually hear = akouo)
Epakroaomai = to listen with pleasure to a musical recital.
So their hearts were softened by divine viewpoint and they are listening intently.
Here are two prisoners, Paul and Silas, revealing to other prisoners that there is hope.
2CO 1:3-4 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort; who comforts us in all our affliction so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
“Everyone’s chains” were loosed.
There is the doctrine of blessing because of association.
The jailer was not thinking of spiritual deliverance but physical deliverance.
Although this man was occupied with physical deliverance, he had been prepared by God the Holy Spirit for spiritual deliverance.
Crisis-Evangelism has really been misunderstood.
For some people disaster is the only way to wake them up.
God might use you as He used Paul to be a light in the midst of a disaster.
When someone who reaches God-consciousness suppresses the truth that they have considered into their sub-conscious, then God will bring situations to bring the truth out of the sub-conscious into the conscious mind.
This jailer therefore needed a disaster or a tragedy to wake him up to what is really important.
Little does the jailor realize that when he states “What must I do to be saved?” that from his conscious mind he was referring to physical deliverance but .... from his sub-conscious mind, truth was coming to the surface.
Many times disaster serves as a memory to bring forth truth that we have already heard.
Many truths which we once learned and have now suppressed in the sub-conscious will come up in time of disaster.
Under disastrous conditions answers must be brief and to the point.
1. The Christian’s source of happiness is within himself.
External circumstances cannot destroy his happiness and peace.
2. This means our enemies cannot destroy our peace.
They can bind the body but not the spirit.
We can turn unusual circumstances into great testimonies for the Lord.
3. Waking him out of his sleep signified the awakening of his conscience out of its spiritual sleep.
4. Paul was willing to open the door of salvation to the jailor who had shut the prison doors on him.
5. In ACT 16:29-31, we see the contrast which should exist between a believer and an unbeliever; the jailor was filled with fear and terror, but Paul and Silas were filled with peace, calmness, and joy.
The jailor was filled with thoughts of suicide and self-murder.
Paul and Silas were intent on saving lives and doing good.
Paul and Silas had confidence in God; the others had none.
Sozo means -
1. Physical deliverance
2. Spiritual deliverance.
He was baptized immediately - not because you must be baptized to be saved (erroneous doctrine of baptismal regeneration) - but because water baptism was used as a visual aid for the baptism of the Spirit (not available in writing at the time of this jailor’s conversion).
Now they are all saved because of one man’s faithfulness.
He has received Christ as Savior and now his whole attitude toward God’s people has changed.
1JO 3:14 We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love abides in death.
1. As a Christian, Paul has a responsibility to the Roman Empire since he himself is a Roman citizen, ROM 13:1-6.
2. Paul is also concerned about the freedom that other believers have at Philippi.
MAT 10:16 “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; therefore be shrewd as serpents, and innocent as doves.”
3. The breakdown of local government will hinder evangelism and Christian activity.
Satan promotes internationalism - all nations under the same rule.
Nationalism is the great protector of human freedom.
Under nationalism there will always be some nations that operate in freedom.
Under internationalism all you need is one viewpoint.
Under nationalism people can witness for Christ and be protected by the laws of the land.
Even as the state does not have the right to pressure the church, the church does not have the right to pressure the state.
1. Paul’s responsibility to the Roman Empire.
2. Paul’s concern for the protection of other believers that he is leaving behind.
3. Paul’s concern about the breakdown of the local government.
If you are going to be a winner in the spiritual life and receive God’s highest and best, which is greater than anything you can imagine, then you are going to have to overcome distractions and opposition.
You will have distractions sent by the kingdom of darkness to try to stop your spiritual momentum and to draw you away from the plan of God.
In his case, a change of geographical location was needed because it was the basis for separating Abraham from his family and relatives.
MAR 3:21 And when His own family heard of this [that He claimed to be the Son of God], they went out to take custody of him; for they [members of His family] were saying, “He has lost His senses.”
JOH 7:5 For not even his brothers were believing in Him.
Per-act-ind - hestekasin - perfect tense = they have been waiting outside for Him for a long time.
TLJC taught that His followers are even closer to Him than His natural family and closest relatives.
1TI 2:4 He wills all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
Relationship with God must have priority over relationship with people.