Standing as Sons

Philippians 2:12-18

Vs. 12 – The Call to Obedience (What is your obedience to?)

In the same way that you have been obedient together, now even more be obedient as you graduate from this Iron Man commitment. “Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling”

We are in this battle together, but you will find yourself in hand to hand combat with your flesh and the enemy many times. The WORKINGOUT is in the context of Vs. 13 “for it is God who works in you, both to will and to do for his good pleasure”. God is SOVERNLY WORKING His pleasure—the master potter. You are on THE POTTERS WHEEL being shaped into the image of His Son.

Testimony: my plans/ His change “the cycle of kingdom growth

Vs. 14 – don’t grumble or question

Vs. 15 Purpose – blameless sons of God in the midst of a crooked and perverse “nation” “generation

Vs. 16 “holding forth the Word of Life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain…

FOUR AREAS WE MUST EXPERIENCE IN THE FORMATION AS SONS:

1. Calling

  • Internal (secure) our position as a son
  • External (others) our mission to reveal the Father
  • Eternal (goal) eye hath not seen, but by the Spirit

2. Acceptance

  • Approval – first hand experience of His Love
  • Validation – “this is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased” this comes by His Word, by His Spirit and by others
  • Relationship of love “time spent in fellowship

3. Healing

  • Rejection – feelings of unworthiness
  • Abandonment – “I will never leave you or forsake you” (God will withdraw the sense of His Spirit’s presence)
  • Wounded Spirit (words spoken)

4. Responsibility

  • Gifts – receive the Holy Spirit and His graces
  • Reproduction – “Go” give testimony of the Fathers Love
  • Fulfillment – your destiny within this time space world

STAND AS A SON OF GOD IN A CROOKED AND PERVERSE GENERATION

YOUR STANDING FIRM WILL NOT BE IN VAIN

YOU ARE THE LIGHT AND SALT TO THIS GENERATION

Vs. 17-18 Paul’s attitude was a willingness to be poured out as and offering upon the faith of the Philippians. In other words, if he was killed for representing Christ to the Philippians he would rejoice. They should have the same attitude toward Paul.

Can we say the same?