Therefore, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed me, not only in my presence, but much more now...
This presentation is the property of its rightful owner.
Sponsored Links
1 / 9

‘blameless’ PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • 36 Views
  • Uploaded on
  • Presentation posted in: General

Therefore, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed me, not only in my presence, but much more now in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

Download Presentation

‘blameless’

An Image/Link below is provided (as is) to download presentation

Download Policy: Content on the Website is provided to you AS IS for your information and personal use and may not be sold / licensed / shared on other websites without getting consent from its author.While downloading, if for some reason you are not able to download a presentation, the publisher may have deleted the file from their server.


- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - E N D - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Presentation Transcript


Therefore my beloved just as you have always obeyed me not only in my presence but much more now in my absence work

Therefore, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed me, not only in my presence, but much more now in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

Do all things without murmuring and arguing, so that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, in which you shine like stars in the world.

Blameless, faultless, without spot

What do these words remind you of?

‘blameless’

Notice that Paul is introducing the theme of Sacrifice.


Therefore my beloved just as you have always obeyed me not only in my presence but much more now in my absence work

It is by your holding fast to the word of life that I can boast on the day of Christ that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.

But even if I am being poured out as a libation over the sacrifice and the offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you—and in the same way you also must be glad and rejoice with me.

How can “joy” and “sacrifice” be brought together?

sacrifice

Glad and rejoice

libation


Therefore my beloved just as you have always obeyed me not only in my presence but much more now in my absence work

Joy and Sacrifice

Notice how Paul brings together the themes of “joy” and “sacrifice” through his use of the metaphor of “libation.”


Therefore my beloved just as you have always obeyed me not only in my presence but much more now in my absence work

Yes, but, what does it all MEAN, Basil?

Well, you tell me…


Therefore my beloved just as you have always obeyed me not only in my presence but much more now in my absence work

What does the “libation” mean?

What metaphor is being pictured?

Which do YOU think?

How should we interpret Paul’s metaphor?

Some possibilities:

--A reference to the symbolic use of the libation in the OT sacrificial system

--A reference to Paul’s martyrdom


Therefore my beloved just as you have always obeyed me not only in my presence but much more now in my absence work

“Libation” as a link to the OT:

“…and as a drink offering you shall offer one-third a hin of wine, a pleasing odor to the LORD.” Numbers 15.7

In the OT sacrificial system, the poured out libation was the symbol of joy: the picture of God’s happy receiving of the sacrifice and His blessing upon His people.

Note: this is a solid way of uniting the themes of sacrifice and joy!


Therefore my beloved just as you have always obeyed me not only in my presence but much more now in my absence work

“Libation” as a metaphor for Martyrdom:

‘He said to them, “This is the blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many.”’ Mark 14.24

The Greek spendomai has “cultic associations (Silva)” and could easily be used as a reference to martyrdom.

The Greek sygchairo can be translated as “rejoice” or even “congratulate (Thurston)”

Because martyrdom was thought of as a high calling and an honor, Paul could be thinking of a potential martyrdom as a reward from Christ, for which the Philippians should congratulate him.

This theory also successfully unites “joy” and “sacrifice”!


Therefore my beloved just as you have always obeyed me not only in my presence but much more now in my absence work

So…

Which theory is correct?!

The answer is:

YES!


Therefore my beloved just as you have always obeyed me not only in my presence but much more now in my absence work

How would your congregation react if you, as the pastor, adopted this Pauline perspective on ministry?


  • Login