1. Christ is not only set forth a propitiation before His people, but is made unto them “wisdom,” etc. "Commentary on Philippians 1:6". (38) This, however, is a general rule both as to ourselves and as to others — that, distrusting our own strength, we depend entirely upon God alone. he which hath begun — God (Phlippians 2:13). It is not an easy matter to draw the line between those high attainments of religion of which we may fall short, and yet be confident that a good work is begun: and those low attainments, which will warrant us to hope well, at the same time that they are by no means a sufficient ground of confidence. Confidence, if truly spiritual, will be attended with humility, watchfulness, gratitude, and zeal. But in speaking of the truth of God, I feel that I stand on firm ground. Very easily do we become assimilated to those whose company we enjoy. Philippians 1:6. Salem Media Group. The Lord's coming, designed by God in every age to be regarded as near, is to be the goal before believers' minds, rather than their own death. Moreover, this may be concluded from the indwelling of the Spirit, as a spirit of sanctification, as the earnest and seal of the inheritance, and that for ever; and from the intercession and fulness of grace in Christ, and the saints' union to him, and standing in him; as well as front the impotency of any to hinder the performance of this work, as sin, Satan, or the world: to which may be added the glory of all the three Persons herein concerned; for if this work is not finished, the glory of God the Father in election, in the covenant of grace, in the contrivance of salvation, in the mission of his Son, the glory of Christ in redemption, and of the Spirit in sanctification, would be entirely lost: wherefore it may be depended on, this work will be performed wherever it is begun, and that "until the day of Jesus Christ"; meaning either the day of death, when Christ takes the souls of believers to himself, and they shall be for ever with him, when this work of grace upon the soul will be finished; for God, who is the guide of his people, will be their God and guide even unto death: or else the last day, the day of judgment, the resurrection day, when Christ shall appear and raise the dead, and free the bodies of the saints from all their bondage, corruption, vileness, and weakness, which will be putting the last and finishing hand to this good work; nor will even the bodies of the saints be quitted by the Spirit of God till this is done. You who show no desire for it--if there is not a good work in you, there is an evil work there, evil in its origin, effects, end. We may be assured then that a good work is begun in us, when faith, hope, and love, shew themselves to have been formed in our hearts; that is, [That faith, which is without works, is dead; and is of no more value that the faith of devils [Note: James 2:19-20. New York. And soon after the beginning of last century a dispassionate and observant writer, Alexander Knox, could say that no Church on earth has more intrinsic excellence than the Church of England.’. (Clerical Library. (J. "Scofield Reference Notes (1917 Edition)". Hence the result is sure. The gospel must be received as well as believed. Until the day of Jesus Christ - The day when Christ shall so manifest himself as to be the great attractive object, or the day when he shall appear to glorify himself, so that it may be said emphatically to be his day. You see for yourself whether the meaning is really there. 2. For 33 years, he served as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. For this new man who must be brought to perfection, can only be so by various degrees. #3 “…will carry it on to completion…” If they are saved, then they are saved to grow. "Commentary on Philippians 1:6". KJV 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. [Note: See Charlie Bing, "Does Philippians 1:6 Teach Perseverance?" He will not now leave us on our own but has a plan to sanctify us. Ballard. Jesus Christ is our perfect and complete Saviour from start to finish (Hebrews 2:10), and not one of His own will be lost. This full persuasion deepens Paul’s joy, and the more so as he contemplates its final fruit. Romans 9:17; Romans 13:6; 2 Corinthians 2:3; 2 Corinthians 5:5; Galatians 2:10; Ephesians 6:18; Colossians 4:8. BibliographyPoole, Matthew, "Commentary on Philippians 1:6". As we contemplate it, however, its sublimity grows upon us. Philippians 1:6 “being confident of this very thing, that he who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Jesus Christ”. 1999. The Lord will see to it that we reach heaven safely in spite of our failures and shortcomings. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/srn/philippians-1.html. until the day of Jesus Christ. It is not in man in any sense. The work is gracious. In his view, God’s grace is the beginning and the end; man’s co-operation lies in the intermediate process linking both together. Jesus will return and in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, we shall be changed. The Syriac version indeed renders it "good works", but these cannot be designed, for the same reasons as before; for though they are good things, and answer many valuable ends and purposes, yet they are external works done by men, and not internal ones wrought in them by God; wherefore by it is undoubtedly meant the work of grace upon their hearts, sometimes called the work of faith, because that is a principal part of it: this is God's work, and not man's, as may be concluded from the nature of the work itself, which is the transforming of a man by the reviewing of him, a regeneration, a resurrection, and a creation, and therefore requires almighty power; and from the condition man is in by nature, he is dead in sin, and has no power to act spiritually, and much less what is equal to such a work as this; he has no will, desire, and inclination to it, but all the reverse; and if he had, he could no more effect it, than the dry bones in Ezekiel's vision could cause themselves to live. Philippians 1:6. αὐτὸ τοῦτο. The showing of sympathy with all other Christian people.—There is sympathy for all God’s people. He that hath begun a good work in you, will perform it, that is, augment it, and increase it. of those that grow, how many are blown off by storms and tempests!

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