Phillippians 1: 6

[6] And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

3 Comments to "Phillippians 1: 6"

  1. Jessie's Gravatar Jessie
    June 28, 2011 - 9:15 pm | Permalink

    While reading this verse the bit that grabbed my attention was the word “HE” who began a good work in you……

    It does not say….Jessica who began a good work in herself…Mom and Dad…Michael…or anyone else…it says “HE” meaning God or Jesus.. and it’s followed by the promise that “HE” will complete his good work in me.

    What a relief. I often operate in a mentality starkly contrast to this truth. I believe that I am capable of “fixing” myself…..doing this or that with the thinking that I am able to make myself more like Christ or more how I believe he will want me to be…..really all in effort to be accepted by him…If I FEEL like I have it all together I FEEL that God loves me…and when I FEEL like I am a mess I FEEL he is disappointed in me.

    Praise HIM because he does not love or do his work this way! This thought process is unbiblical and a straight up LIE meant to keep me from living in the freedom Christ purchased for me by his blood.

    His love is unconditional and never based on my works, feelings, or my response to him.

    I realize that this way of thinking really leads me into a ton of lies about the character of God. Above all I realize that at the root of this is unbelief. I must confess that and repent.
    And stand in the truth…

    Feelings aren’t all bad…but they can often deceive you and I. How I may feel does not change or dictate what the truth is. I need to take every thought captive and hold it to scripture.

    What is the truth?

    Well one truth is that GOD LOVES ME UNCONDITIONALLY – He loves me in my depravity past, present, future.

    SOME TRUTH:
    Romans 5:8 But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

    Ephesians 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.

    1 John 4:10 In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

    Religion has taught so many people to try and make themselves appear good, holy, moral…fill in the blank. But it is so freeing to confess that I’m a raggamuffin…totally broken..I don’t have it all together and that’s the truth! BUT MY GOD loves me..I’m his child and he is faithful to sanctify and is taking me on a journey of freedom and healing in HIM where is gets ALL the GLORY for it!!!

    He is Jehovah-M’kadesh – The Lord my Sanctifier

    Here is a video that I won’t ever forget and that I know God wanted me to see…I had first seen it some time last year…and well you will see how it fits into this conversation. Brennan Manning speaking about God.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQi_IDV2bgM

  2. Michael's Gravatar Michael
    September 11, 2011 - 6:12 pm | Permalink

    We have all heard this verse many times and have probably often used it as an encouragement to others. As I read it now what jumps out at me is that when it is quoted we usually end with “will bring it to completion” or “will be faithful to complete it”. Somehow “at the day of Jesus Christ” is left off but surely this is a key element to a correct understanding of Paul’s intent.

    I think that I often think of this verse in the context of brief periods of time. Often when I am going through a difficult time or being refined by the fire I tell myself that in a week, a month, maybe a year that God will complete the work he is doing in me and I will be able to see the purpose in the trial. Reading this verse now I feel like I’ve missed the bigger picture.
    The “good work” that God has begun in me is my eternal salvation and sanctification. It is a lifelong process that will be complete either when Jesus returns or I stand before him in heaven! Then the work he began in my soul will be complete.

    It brings me peace and comfort to know that God has begun in me a process that will
    will continue brewing until it is absolutely, resolutely, completely finished. There will be
    day to day struggles, growing pains, trips, falls, and victories but in the end they are all individual puzzle pieces to the grand picture God is painting!

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