Tuesday, January 16
Phil.4:9. “Whatsoever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice.” I’ve read this verse many times without really catching the enormity of it. Paul seems to be saying that every thing he did was to be emulated. If I made a statement like that, people that know me would maybe get a chuckle out of it. More likely they would remember Gal. 6:3. “If anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself.” Frankly, I’m surprised that Paul would make that statement. But Paul made a statement in 1 Cor. 11:1 that clarifies the Philippians statement. “Follow my example as I follow the example of Christ.” That puts the Philippians statement in proper perspective. Paul was not perfect and knew it. So it’s OK to encourage people to emulate another Christian’s life with the caveat that it is only as he follows Christ. Anything good in me is grace; all praise goes to God, the source of all grace.