Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

Standing firm in the Lord so that divisions do not destroy the local church.

Wednesday, April 18, 2001

“stand fast” = pres/act/imp sthvkete [stekete] = to stand firm, or be stabilized, to persevere, to persist; it is used for a military organization under fire and under pressure.

“in the Lord” = e*n kurivw/

Salvation the first phase of sanctification enters us into union with Christ forever.

Supergrace = the status of experiential sanctification, which is the balance of residency between the filling of the Holy Spirit and maximum doctrine resident in the soul.

Ultimate sanctification is the believer in his resurrection body in the eternal state.

“my beloved” a*gaphtoiv my beloved

PHI 4:1 “Therefore, my beloved brethren whom I desire to see or be with, my source of happiness and wreath of glory, so stand firm in the Lord, my beloved.”

This is a command to advance to ultra-supergrace and not to retreat into reversionism.

The church tends to pursue stability in areas where it does not live, reside, exist, such as loving the things of the world and the ways of the world.

If you’re a grace-oriented believer, you will be in conflict with a hostile world, hostile flesh, and a hostile devil.

Subtle persecution in our society can be more difficult than that which is not so subtle.

Paul says “Stand firm in the Lord, my beloved,” because he does not want to see a division hit the church at Philippi.

There was a selfishness in the Philippian church, PHI 2:3-5.

These were two prominent women in the church, PHI 4:2.

This is a command to advance beyond supergrace to ultra-supergrace.

There is a no man’s land between supergrace and ultra-supergrace with certain occupational hazards and hindrances to the spiritual advance.

Personality conflict with members of the congregation is the subject of the next two verses in Phi 4.

The believer cannot advance from supergrace to ultra-supergrace and at the same time become involved in pettiness or personality conflicts in the local church.

Two women in the Philippian congregation have reached supergrace and started out into no man’s land.

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