Christ’s Direct Teachings in the Epistles: Philippians
PHILIPPIANS: Suffer for Him as He suffered for you:
 Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons:
 Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
 I thank my God upon every remembrance of you,
 Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy,
 For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now;
 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:
**Ref to backsliding and revival of the OT. Now we are indwelt by the Spirit of Truth in our hearts and will never turn away from the Truth of God.
 Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart; inasmuch as both in my bonds, and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel, ye all are partakers of my grace.
 For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ.
** Bowels is a reference to deep down inside.
 And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment;
 That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ;
 Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.
 But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel;
 So that my bonds in Christ are manifest in all the palace, and in all other places;
** The more satan’s world persecutes us the more God uses us. The Gospel cannot be delivered through strength, nor through intellectual exercise. God only uses meekness and weakness to show His Transforming Power through the Gospel.
Faith is evidence. Saving faith makes us know to abandon the strength of the world and all that the natural man holds in high esteem.
 And many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing confident by my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.
**Seeing the persecution of Paul, convicts the other believers to follow Christ just as Paul left his life here behind to follow Christ.
 Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will:
 The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds:
 But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defence of the gospel.
 What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretence, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.
 For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,
 According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.
 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
** Remember Abraham and Issac. Abraham FULLY believed God and was willing to kill his own son in obedience. THIS IS A SYMBOL of true belief.
CHRIST taught us that we must lose our interests in the temporary and seek only to conform into Christ’s Image.
Us who know the truth of this fake world system will know it is fake and will pay no attention to it. WE NOW KNOW BETTER that this satanic world system is a fraud and not real. It is designed only to keep people from saving faith in the Lord.
 But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not.
 For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:
 Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.
** Remember this applies to Paul and the other Apostles only whom God had reserved their places in Heaven already around His Thrown judging. 12 smaller thrones for the Apostles to judge national Israel. Note that God never says that all believers will be with Christ at their deaths. ONLY HIS APOSTLES WERE allowed this honor. All other believers remain in paradise in the center of the earth until the First Resurrection (Rapture).
 And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your furtherance and joy of faith;
 That your rejoicing may be more abundant in Jesus Christ for me by my coming to you again.
 Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;
** in the first century, God uses His Apostles to start the fire of His Spirit and to plant home churches throughout the known world. Paul wanted to stay dead down here to see their growth and continued spreading of churches house to house, neighborhood to neighborhood.
 And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God.
** The world’s hatred of Christ and all who follow Him PROVES positively that the Gospel and faith are real. Our faith confounds the principalities and powers of this world of whom satan is the controller of and “the god of” until the end. God destroys the lying, fake, man-made churches of the world during the last half of the 7 year Tribulation period.
 For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake;
 Having the same conflict which ye saw in me, and now hear to be in me.
God wants us to suffer for the exact opposite of the normal reasons. Not because of the consequences of breaking human laws BUT FOR THE GOSPEL AND CONFORMATION TO CHRIST’S IMAGE:
Note I Peter reference:  But and if ye suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled;  For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.
 If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,
 Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.
**Never mixing the natural with the Spiritual. Never being double minded. If your heart is on the world this means your religion is VAIN or VANITY and is not of God nor is it real in anyway to GOD.
 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
**Everything we have in this fake life is borrowed, we own none of it and must look upon “things” in this way only. CHRIST: Give to all who ask
 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
**God will reward us if we turn our backs on this world in our hearts. See our example below:
 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
** All will bow to Him. If men bow to Him in this fake life, they receive REAL LIFE ETERNAL.
If men do not bow to HIM in this life they will at their Judgement. However, then it will be too late and they will understand REGRET and the WORDS of our Lord Jesus:
He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.
(Not just your actions my friends), but all the secrets of your hearts will be revealed; every thought and word spoken during your lifetimes will be judged):
Every chance you had to know God by obeying His Gospel will be played back to you.
There will be no escape, no reprieve, no more chances! It will be TOO LATE. You will for the first time in your life understand what the word regret means.
Mark 9:43, And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
The lost's dead carcasses will be in hell burning, their souls intact and conscious.
DONT YOU GET IT YET? The Lord is saying that when you open your eyes in hell at the end of this life, you will look back and frantically wish that you would have listened and believed. You will realize then the Words of our Lord: that you would have gladly cut out your eyes and cut off your feet and lived blind and maimed temporarily than come to this horrible torment for eternity.
Listen to Jesus:
Luke 12:5, But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him. There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;
And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments,
 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
** Fear the Lord in your hearts and you will have the peace that passes understanding
Search your own hearts if following Christ is your priority in this fake life.
 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
 Do all things without murmurings and disputings:
 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;
** Just as our LORD is the Light of this world, our abandonment of everything in the world is PROOF POSITIVE of His Resurrection and HIS TRUTH.
 Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.
 Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all.
 For the same cause also do ye joy, and rejoice with me.
 But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timotheus shortly unto you, that I also may be of good comfort, when I know your state.
 For I have no man likeminded, who will naturally care for your state.
 For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ's.
**Even then in the beginning of the Church men were already present who followed MAMMON and not the Lord Jesus Christ. Who make merchandise out of God and whose true god is their own belly.
Jesus called them WOLVES in sheep’s clothing.
TO DRAW AWAY THEIR OWN FOLLOWERS AND NOT TO FOLLOW CHRIST:
Paul knew by the Holy Spirit that Timothy was a true follower of Christ.
 But ye know the proof of him, that, as a son with the father, he hath served with me in the gospel.
 Him therefore I hope to send presently, so soon as I shall see how it will go with me.
 But I trust in the Lord that I also myself shall come shortly.
 Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, and companion in labour, and fellowsoldier, but your messenger, and he that ministered to my wants.
 For he longed after you all, and was full of heaviness, because that ye had heard that he had been sick.
 For indeed he was sick nigh unto death: but God had mercy on him; and not on him only, but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow.
 I sent him therefore the more carefully, that, when ye see him again, ye may rejoice, and that I may be the less sorrowful.
 Receive him therefore in the Lord with all gladness; and hold such in reputation:
**NOT ATTEMPTING TO HAVE THEIR OWN FOLLOWERS BUT ONLY FOLLOWERS OF CHRIST
 Because for the work of Christ he was nigh unto death, not regarding his life, to supply your lack of service toward me.
 Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not grievous, but for you it is safe.
 Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision.
**DOGS: God’s definition will shock you:
Christ defines dog for us:
 For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.
 Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more:
 Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee;
 Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.
 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.
Paul is referencing the esteem he received from the Sanhedrin and all the fake jews of Jesus’ Day.
Remember Christ about the Sanhedrin: they who justify themselves to men but are abomination to God.
 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,
**Everything of this world is dung and useless to the Lord and should be to us.
 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:
 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
We must crucify our lives down here to follow HIM only unto death......
Matt.10  And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.
Matt.16  Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
Mark.8  And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
Mark.10  Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.
 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.
 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after CHRIST, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.
That he may apprehend or capture the resurrection because there is no resurrection to life for those who do not crucify their own lives IN THEIR HEARTS down here and follow Him.
 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.
**Perfect in the sight of God through the covering of the Precious Blood of Jesus Christ.
 Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.
 Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.
 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:
 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)
 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:
 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.
 Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.
 I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord.
 And I intreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellowlabourers, whose names are in the book of life.
 Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.
 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.
 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
** REMEMBER JESUS: worry not on the things of tomorrow
 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity.
** Don’t worry about creating opportunities to preach the Gospel, take advantage of every opportunity you get WHEN THEY COME AND THEY WILL COME more and more in these last days.
 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
REMEMBER JESUS: having food and raiment, therewith be content.
 Notwithstanding ye have well done, that ye did communicate with my affliction.
 Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only.
 For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity.
 Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.
** We are to give to those who preach God’s Truth; NOT TO THE MAMMON lovers who are NOT of God.
 But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God.
 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Our Heavenly reward will be in the same proportion as our earthly mercy, charity and giving to others.
CHRIST: For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.
 Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
 Salute every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren which are with me greet you.
 All the saints salute you, chiefly they that are of Caesar's household.
 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
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