Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | October 16, 2020

“in this way stand firm in the Lord”

Today’s devotion comes from Philippians 4:1-3.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Philippians+4&version=NASB

I quote only the following verse.  

“Therefore, my beloved brethren whom I long to see, my joy and crown, in this way stand firm in the Lord, my beloved.” Philippians 4:1.

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What does Paul mean “in this way stand firm in the Lord”?

What does “in this way” refer?

It refers to what was stated in the prior chapter.  

We see three major themes in the prior chapter.

First, we see “… the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ, and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith,”  Philippians 3:8-9.

Second, we see “… reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 3:13-14.

Third, we see “… our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ;  who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory …”  Philippians 3:20-21.

Thus, we stand firm in the Lord by:

1.  Realizing the value of our Lord, 

2.  Reaching forward to what lies ahead, and

3.  Rejoicing in our Lord.

“Therefore, my beloved brethren whom I long to see, my joy and crown, in this way stand firm in the Lord, my beloved.”  Verse 1.


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