Our Life As A Believer Should Be Filled With Confidence
Philippians 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
How many times as a believer do you find your self doubting your salvation?
God through HIs word makes it possible for all believers not to doubt
Philippians 1:6 “that he” – God
Who begins the good work in you? God
How does God do that?
Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 3:22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:
Romans 3:26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.
What did we believe?
1 Corinthians 15:3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
1 Corinthians 15:4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:”
Philippians 1:6 Consider three things in Philippians 1:6:
“hath begun a good work in you”
What is that good work? Salvation (Past)
We were justified – We were declared righteous when we believed the gospel
Romans 3:24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
Romans 11:6”And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace.”
Grace is the absence of works
“will perform it”
Progressive sanctification (Present)
We want to live now based on who we are in Christ
Philippians 2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
How is it being done in us?
1 Thessalonians 2:13 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because,. when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.
God will work in you by His word if you will: Read, Study, Rightly Divide His word
“until the day of Jesus Christ:”
Glorification – Rapture (Future)
Philippians 3:21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.
Conclusion: We as believers should not have confidence in the flesh. Philippians 3:3”and have no confidence in the flesh.” I encourage all of you to believe the Bible as the word of truth. Spend time daily reading, studying, and rightly dividing the word of truth.
Coming Unto The Knowledge Of The Truth
1 Timothy 2:4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
Note: God wants all believers to look in Paul’s letters to come to the knowledge of the truth. How are we going to do that?
2 Timothy 2:7 “Consider what I say;”
Who is doing the speaking? Paul
Are you willing to consider what Paul says?
Who is Paul? Romans 11:13″inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles,”
Ephesians 3:4 Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)
1 Thessalonians 2:13 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye head of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.
2 Timothy 2:15 Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
Conclusion: Are you willing to consider what Paul wrote to us in Romans through Philemon? Would you be willing to read Paul’s letters, and believe what you read? Then would you be willing to study to show thyself approved unto God? Paul tells us in 2 Timothy 2:15 Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needed not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
Colossians 2:2 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;
How can I find out what these three mysteries are?
1 Corinthians 2:13 “comparing spiritual things with spiritual.”
So, we are going to search the scriptures to find the answer.
2:2”the mystery of God,”
Revelation 10:7 “the mystery of God should be finished,”
You will find that the mystery of God (Revelation 10) as the summation
of the prophetic program.
10:7 “the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to
Revelations 11:15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there
were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this
world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his
Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.
2:2”and of the Father,”
Ephesians 1:9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will,
according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:
Ephesians 1:10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he
might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in
heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:
The mystery of God the Father’s will has to do with the fact
that He is going to gather together all things in one.
He is going to head up all things under one head, and that
head is the Lord Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 1:10 “which are in heaven” – Body of Christ
Ephesians 1:10 “and which are on earth;” – Israel
2:2”and of Christ;”
Ephesians 3:3 How that by revelation he made known unto me the
mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words,
Ephesians 3:4 Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my
knowledge in the mystery of Christ)
The “mystery of Christ” is the body of Christ – Ephesians 3:5-6