“Only let us hold true to what we have already attained and walk and order our lives by that.” Philippians 3:16 Amplified
As we continue our study of the 3:16 verses in the Bible, the verse today is quite clear. In our walk with the Lord, let each of us hold on to what we have learned and to apply it to our daily lives. As a point of instruction it’s always good, in studying the Bible, to read the chapters before and after the verse you are keying in on. In the case of the 3:16 verses I have been reading the first three chapters of each book and then the fourth as well. It helps you get a better lock on what is being said, the bigger picture so to speak.
Paul wrote this book to the Philippians while he was in prison in Rome. The Amplified Bible points out that he uses the words joy or rejoice 16 times. Most of us might have a hard time saying those words in prison, sometimes we have a hard time saying them in our daily circumstances. Paul said his imprisonment had actually caused the gospel of Christ to spread more and he called himself a prisoner in His service, because he had so completely given over his life to the Lord. He reminds us to stand firm in the love of God and to work together in the body of Christ, in harmony, putting others first. Though Paul was a great apostle, he states in verse 3:12 that he had not attained perfection, but he pressed on toward that goal. That gives me hope.
Some of my favorite verses in the Bible, and most well-known, are in the fourth chapter. Verse 4 “Rejoice in the Lord always…” Verse 6 “Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything…..” Verse 7 “God’s peace shall guard your hearts and minds……” Verse 8 “Whatsoever things are true, worthy, honorable, just, pure, lovely, winsome, gracious, virtuous, excellent and worthy of praise, fix your mind on them.” Verse 9 “Practice what you have learned.” Verse 11 “….for I have learned how to be content…..”
Finally, in verse 13, another power scripture we should all know. “I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me, I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency.”