Philipian Observation Essay

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Philippians 2: 12-30
General Principle Paul is ultimately encouraging the Philippians to recognize who God is and what He has done through Christ for them; he is stating that their only hope is to abide in Him and that they should “shine”(in this principle) for the world to see God’s glory.
Passage Structure & Meaning The First point to make is on the translation of “fear and trembling.” It is normally thought of in a legalistic way to “encourage” people to live perfect lives, however, it should be portrayed as how Christians view God in light of His “work” (v.13) through Jesus Christ for their salvation; man is without the ability to unite with God, it is “His” work. Paul directs believers on how to accomplish this in vs.13-14:
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