Sharing in the matter of giving and receiving - you alone.
Friday, July 6, 2007
PHI 4:14 However, you have functioned honorably when you shared money with and entered into partnership with me, in my adversity.
“And” - post positive particle de - transitional conjunction; Paul is still dealing with the subject of giving = “Now”
ACT 20:35b “Remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
JOH 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave.”
Oidate [know] kai [also] humeis [you] Philippesoi [Philippians] -
“Now you yourselves also know, Philippians”
In the Corinthian epistle, we have in 2Co 8-9 a basic concept of giving.
Conjunction hoti used after verbs of mental activity.
En - e*n + locative of arche - a*rch’ = “in the beginning”
“Of the gospel” - genitive of reference = the gospel was what Paul originally gave them; they were unsaved, and they were evangelized.
Temporal particle hote “that” = temporal conjunction, here indicates a point of time which they both recall; this was after being in prison, after the conversion of the Philippian jailer, and after Paul’s release.
Aor-act-ind - exelthon - e*xh’lqon = the departure of Paul initially from Philippi.
Indicative mood - reality of the fact that Paul moved on leaving Timothy behind as their pastor.
“from Macedonia” - preposition apo + ablative of the proper noun (correctly translated).
Subject nominative feminine singular - oudis = not one, or no one.
Aor-act-ind - koinoneo = a word for giving.
No one at that particular stage had really had enough motivation, and this is not a complaint, this is merely a statement of status quo.
Preposition eis - ei*" - “with regard” + accusative - logon - lovgon = with reference to your doctrine.
Receiving - nominative singular of lempseos - lhvmyew" = to receive.
Nominative plural - monos = only one church at that time, the Philippian church.
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 with reference to the doctrine of giving and receiving but you alone;
1. One of the sure signs of understanding doctrine is to translate such doctrine into grace action.
Epignosis goes into the frame of reference and the memory center.
The memory center takes it to vocabulary and category, norms and standards, and then it is put out here in the launching pad.
2. You cannot apply doctrine you know; you can only apply doctrine you truly understand and believe.
3. Doctrine in the left lobe as gnosis cannot be applied or utilized or form the basis for motivation.
4. Only doctrine in the right lobe is applicable.
This must become epignosis, and sophia, “wisdom.”
5. The Philippians not only knew the doctrine of giving, but they understood it.
6. They applied the doctrine of giving as epignosis and sophia, with the result that they were the only local church contributing to Paul’s financial support at that critical time of his ministry.
7. Grace action in the Royal Family of God originates from the doctrine you understand, not the doctrine you know.
8. The Philippians demonstrated by their grace giving, their reception of doctrine and resultant spiritual advance.
9. They are ready to follow Paul from supergrace to ultra-supergrace, and when Paul says “Move out,” in Phi 1-4, they are ready to follow Paul, and the way in which they have given manifests their supergrace motivation