9 And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, 10 so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.(ESV)
(Study notes from the ESV)Phil. 1:9–11 The first petition in Paul’s prayer is that God would cause the cardinal Christian virtue of love to abound more and more, and that it would be accompanied by knowledge and all discernment, so that the Philippians’ love would find expression in wise actions that would truly benefit others and glorify God. As Christians grow in their understanding of what it means to follow Jesus, they will increasingly be able to affirm and practice what is excellent. Such joyful obedience to God will give them the confidence of being found pure and blameless when Jesus returns. This does not imply instantaneous spiritual perfection but rather an increasing likeness to Christ. But fruit of righteousness is not produced in the believer’s own power. Because that fruit comes through Jesus Christ, it will result in the glory and praise of God.
As I studied through this section, and read comments and discussion at Philter48, I was reminded of how often we stop at the “pure and blameless” section and count ourselves OUT! Through the worlds eyes, we are not pure and blameless..endless grudges have been held against us, and some with good worldly reason. Praise God that HE is not like the world! The difference between willful or presumptuous sin and transgressions are life changing to one who may be carrying reproach of sins past. Pure and blameless is being free from willful, repetitive sin. You know the kind..the one we look at and know in our heart of hearts that it would be wrong for us to do it, and we run right in delighting in the forbidden. Not only once, but since we repented, we feel okay about doing it again and again, with all intention of one day laying this thing down. (Let me just give this warning..God is not a fool, and forgive you HE will, right after that whoopin’ you are asking for..HE will make sure you do not forget what defiance in the face of our Almighty King will bring you.) We will battle with sin, that everyday sin, someone made you angry, and your tongue got away (not repetitively), when we cry out to the LORD to help us forgive, we repent that we know we are unforgiving, unloving…the things that we go through while learning and growing in HIM. Those are sin as well, but God has seperated sin and willful sin…We learn obedience, and although something is sinful and totally appeals to us we decline, no willful sin. There is freedom in this for me.
Psalm 19:13 Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins;
let them not have dominion over me!
Then I shall be blameless,
and innocent of great transgression.
Pauls prayer is beautiful, and one we all need to apply to ourselves as well as others.. Love, knowledge, discernment, pure and blameless, what is excellent, fruit of righteousness..through Jesus Christ all to HIS Glory!
8 responses to “Philippians 1:9-11”
…We learn obedience, and although something is sinful and totally appeals to us we decline, no willful sin. There is freedom in this for me.
It is obvious that you are learning and growing at a tremendous rate.
God’s love and grace is sufficient for all in all situations–even when we are faced with our weakness and failure yetonce again.
Thank you for reminding me of that.
love you Dale! I am sure that GOD sent you and your capablities to me exactly when HE was ready to move me on in HIM, thank you for your willingness..that my friend is obedience…we are all learning!
Your post is awesome! HIS grace is sufficient for me!
“This does not imply instantaneous spiritual perfection but rather an increasing likeness to Christ.”
mmmm. thats good. thats real good!
its an ongoing, often times arduous, process. admitting our faults and sins is not easy. having them pointed out by our brothers and sisters in Christ is even harder.
i love what you said here…
“when we cry out to the LORD to help us forgive, we repent that we know we are unforgiving, unloving”
its confession. i never looked at it that way.
darla, i could soak up your thoughts all day long!
Good stuff, sweetie! I’ve missed my blogging family!
Sanctification is a day by day, hour by hour, minute by minute process…. It is not instantaneous, as you say…
Everyday I find something I need to work on, and new ways God wants me to change…
We have to remember that none of us deserve his Mercy and Grace and without Him we can not become pure.
Peace and love sis.
“We have to remember that none of us deserve his Mercy and Grace and without Him we can not become pure.”
I could not forget that. I know that everything is by HIS hand, even the things that are painful…but think about this..God sees the end result, HE sees us through the blood of Jesus, and the finished product HE already knows..striving to be pure and blameless…but all by HIS hand, believing that I will become what HE sees, as HE will finish what HE has started in me.
Tam- I could soak up your thoughts all day as well, you keep me moving on this road more than you know! love you
Annie-Been missing you, hope to see you more and read more of your thoughts as well. love you
Carl- you always stir my thoughts..good job! love ya brother
Thanks, Darla. Good stuff.