The B.I.B.L.E. Scenarios involves those who are:
B — Biblically
I — Inspired Individuals who
B — Believe that the Word of God has Absolute Authority over their
L — Lives so that they too, like the Apostle Paul, who wrote in 2 Corinthians 3:1-3 may become those Living
E — Epistles who lead their Lives to Exemplify Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior by dying daily to themselves 🙂
Saints of God, don’t allow anyone to steal your 🙂 not even for a moment 🙂 Christ is your joy and the enemy hates your 🙂
All 4 Christ (Philippians 3:1-11, and 13-14).
Verse 1: “Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. For me to write the same things to you is not tedious, but for you it is safe.”
Paul commands us to ‘rejoice’ in who, to ‘rejoice’ in the Lord. Paul also wrote that he did not find it ‘tedious’ to write about the same subject, and why was that, it was for their good. Therefore, Paul did not consider it to be a boring task nor did he find it wearisome nor tiresome (See 1 Thessalonians 5:16; 2 Thessalonians 3:13 and Galatians 6:9).
Verses 2 – 3: “Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the mutilation! For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh,”
Who wants to be around a wild pack of dogs who are hungry and want to bite, devour and consume anyone who comes along their path? I know I don’t (See Galatians 5:15).
What about evil doers? Satan comes as an angel of light Evil doers are deceptive and attempt to lead astray God’s people through temptations and other means, so why would one want to hang with those who would lie, steal and destroy (See 2 Corinthians 11:14; and Matthew 7:21-23).
Who are what is Paul referring to when he wrote to avoid the ‘mutilation’? ‘Mutilation’ here is referring to the practice of circumcision. Today, we no longer have to practice this custom because we are not under the law, but under grace, praise Jesus for this one 🙂 (See Deuteronomy 11:6; Romans 2:25-29 and 7:6).
Verses 4 – 6: though I also might have confidence in the flesh. If anyone else thinks he may have confidence in the flesh, I more so: circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews; concerning the law, a Pharisee; concerning zeal, persecuting the church; concerning the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.
In verses 4 through 6, Paul gives us a description of who he was and what he was about. Here Saul (Paul) thought he was doing God a service and in fact he was doing nothing more than a disservice for the cause of Christ.
Paul counts everything as loss for the cause of Christ:
Verses 7 – 11: But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. 8 Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ
9 and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith;
10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, 11 if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.
Supporting Scriptures for verses 4 – 11
Verse 4: 2 Corinthians 5:16, 11:8 and 2 Corinthians 11:22-23
Verse 5: Romans 11:1; 2 Corinthians 11:22; and Acts 23:6
Verse 6: Acts 8:3, 22:4-5 and 26:9-11
Verse 7: Matthew 13:44
Verse 8: Jeremiah 9:23
Verse 9: Romans 10:3 and 1:17
Verse 10: Ephesians 1:19-20 and Romans 6:3-3
Verse 11: Acts 26:6-8
In Verses 13 – 14 Paul wrote:
“Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
May we all, by the mercies and grace of our God, press toward the for the prize of the upward call of God by counting all things as loss so that we are able to share in both the suffering and the glory of the resurrection of Jesus Christ our Lord. God bless you 🙂
New King James Version (NKJV)
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