Scripture Reading: Philippians 2:1-21
--judging others eases our own conscience, gets us off the hook in our minds.
Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.2 But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things.3 And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God?
Inexcusable—without defense. Judge—condemn, damn, to censure wrong doing. Krino. Condemnest—katakrino, judges against.
--when you judge others, you pass sentence on yourself.
According to truth—from standpoint of righteousness, able to judge the heart. Based on reality rather than appearance. Escape judgment—your ability to condemn others does not take your sin away.
--Romans 14 is about God judging, not you. When someone differs from you, don’t judge them, edify them. If you’re so much better, then help!
We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.
Strong—the position of not doubting, having confidence in what you’re doing before the Lord. Infirmities—scruples, errors brought about by weak thinking. Not please—think less of your needs and more of theirs. Their scruples are yours.
--World says the strong rule, survival of the fittest.
Let every one of us please his neighbor for his good to edification.
Please—not people pleasing for you, but an actual desire to build up the other person. To accommodate to another person’s opinions or desires.
Good—benefit, useful. For their growth into Christ, edification.
--Opposite of world which is please yourself
For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches [insults] of them that reproached thee fell on me.
Quotes Psalm 69:9-- For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me.
For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have [the] hope.
Aforetime—in the Old Testament, great cloud of witnesses who suffered. Learning—instruction. Self-sacrifice for the good of others.
Patience—cheerful endurance. Comfort—summons, calling forth, persuading to do something.
Hope—big word in Romans. The hope, not a general, but a specific hope in Christ.
Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus: 6 That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Patience and consolation—same as patience and comfort in verse 4.
Likeminded—same mind, same thoughts, priorities, motives.
According to Christ—not lockstep with people, but together following Christ’s example of laying down himself for others’ benefit
Unity of thought leads to unity of words. All for Christ.
--When we focus on growing into Christ, unity comes.
Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.
If Christ brought us in by laying down His life for us, then you lay down your things to receive others. Stop making it about you and make it about Christ.
Laying down your life means laying aside your desires in a practical, real way.
Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations.2 For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs.3 Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him.
--chapter 15 continues in talk about Christ bringing in Jew and Gentile—received them all.