- Verses 8 and 9 cannot be separated. They are of the same thought and go together as a continuous thought.
Phil. 4:8-9- Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. 9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
- Verse 8 deals with the issue of how we think and verse 9 deals with how we live. How we think has an effect on how we live.
- Biblical thinking leads to Godly living.
Proverbs 4:23- Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
- Imagine a guard at the gate of a city. He won’t let just anyone in. Our hearts should be the same. Be careful what we let into our minds.
Proverbs 23:7a- For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he:…
- You cannot separate your thoughts from your actions. What we put into our heart comes out in our lives.
- In verse 9 Paul is not bragging on himself (Romans 7:19).
- Paul was striving to put into practice Godly aspects of his life.
- Four words to bring to your attention this morning in verse 9.
- Learned- Paul’s personal instruction, his discipleship to the Philippian believers.
- Received- Internalizing biblical instruction.
- Heard- What they heard from others.
- It’s a reference to Paul’s reputation. He lived out what he preached.
- Seen- Their firsthand experience with Paul.
- His actions matched up to what he preached.
- What do people say when they look at your life?
- Does your life substantiate the gospel message that you believe? Do your actions line up with what you say or think?
- God’s peace and God’s presence are inseparable. You can’t have one without the other.
Do you know Christ as your Savior? Do you know for sure you are going to heaven when you die? You can know for sure you are going to heaven and that your sins are forgiven!
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