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Philippians
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Thirty-five Conditions of Assurance We Learn . . . IF we stand firm in the Faith.

1. We become a subject of God's grace (Phil.1:6).
2. We are partakers of God's grace (Phil.1:7).
3. We abound more and more in love (Phil.1:9).
4. We learn to approve things that are excellent (Phil.1:10).
5. We are sincere until the end (Phil.1:10).
6. We are to be without offense till the end (Phil.1:10).
7. We are to be filled with fruits of righteousness (Phil.1:11).
8. We are to let your conversation be as becomes the Gospel of Christ (Phil.1:27).
9. We are to stand fast in one spirit and one mind with others striving together for the gospel (Phil.1:27).
10. We will not be terrified by enemies (Phil.1:28).
11. We learn suffering for His sake is a blessing (Phil.1:29).
12. We learn to be likeminded with Christ (Phil.2:2).
13. We learn to have the same love (Phil.2:2).
14. We learn to be of one accord, of one mind with others (Phil.2:2; 3:16).
15. We learn not to let anything be done through strife and vain glory (Phil.2:3).
16. We learn to respect others above ourself (Phil.2:3).
17. We learn to have an interest in others (Phil.2:4).
18. We learn to let the mind of Christ be in you (Phil.2:5).
19. We learn to obey the Gospel (Phil.2:12).
20. We learn to work out your own salvation (Phil.2:12-13).
21. We learn to do all things without murmuring and disputings (Phil.2:14).
22. We learn to be blameless, harmless, and without rebuke among men (Phil.2:15).
23. We learn to hold forth the Word of Life (Phil.2:16).
24. We learn to beware of dogs, evil workers, and the circumcision party (Phil.3:2).
25. We learn to press toward the high calling (Phil3:13-16).
26. We learn to walk by the Gospel standard (Phil.3:16).
27. We learn to be followers of Christ and mark enemies of the cross of Christ (Phil.3;17-20).
28. We learn to stand fast in the Lord (Phil.4:1).
29. We learn to help all workers of Christ (Phil.1:3).
30. We learn to rejoice in the Lord always (Phil.1:4).
31. We learn to let your moderation be known to all men (Phil.4:5).
32. We learn to be anxious for nothing (Phil.4:6).
33. We learn to let requests be known to God (Phil.4:6).
34. We learn to think on right things (Phil.4:8).
35. We learn to do what you have learned, received, heard, and seen in me (Phil.4:9).

Seven Steps in Jesus’ Humiliation:
1. Christ was sanctified to humble Himself (verse 5).
2. Christ laid aside His divine Form (verse 6).
3. Christ made Himself of no reputation (verse 7).
4. Christ took the form of a servant (verse 7).
5. Christ was made in the likeness of human beings (verse 7).
6. Christ humbled Himself (verse 8).
7. Christ became obedient unto death (verse 8).

Philippians 2:7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: (KJV)

Of What Did Christ Empty Himself?
It was certainly NOT His divine nature, for He was God not only from all eternity (Mic.5:1-2; Jn.1:1-2; Heb.1:8; Rev.1:8-11). BUT God manifest Himself in flesh during His life on Earth (Isa.7:14; 9:6-7; Mat.1:18-25; Jn.1:1-2,14; 1 Tim.3:16).
Christ emptied Himself of:
1. Equality with God (Phil.2:6-7; Jn.14:28; 1 Cor.11:3).
2. God-form or His God-body, the spirit body in which He lived in from eternity, to take human-form (Zec.13:6; Phil.2:6-8; 3:21; Mat.1:18-25; Lk.1:35; 24:37-40;  Jn.1:14; Gal.4:4; Rom.8:3).
3. Immortality of body (Ps.16:10; 1 Cor.15:3; 1 Pet.2:24; 3:18).
4. The glory that He had with the Father before the world was (Mat.16:27; Jn.12:23; 17:5; Phil.2:5-11).
5. His authority in heaven and in earth, which was given back to Him after He was resurrected    (Mat.28:18; Eph.1:20-23; Phil.2:9-11; 1 Pet.3:22).
6. His divine attributes and outward powers that He had with the Father from eternity. He had no power to do miracles until He received the Holy Spirit in all fullness (Isa.11:1-2; 42:1-7; 61:1-32; Mat.12:28; Jn.2:11; 3:34; Lk.3:21-22; Acts 10:38). He could do nothing of Himself in all His earthly life. He attributed all His works, doctrines and powers to the Father through the anointing of the Holy Spirit (Jn.8:28).

Seven Steps to His Exaltation:
1. God highly exalted Him (Phil.2:9; Eph.1:21).
2. God gave Him a name above every name (Phil.2:9).
3. At the very mention of His Name, every knee would bow (Phil.2:10).
4. Everything in heaven must bow (Phil.2:10).
5. Everything in earth must bow (Phil.2:10).
6. Everything under the earth must bow (Phil.2:10).
7. Every tongue confess His Lordship to the glory of God the Father (Phil.2:11).

Three Worlds That Are Inhabited:
1. Heaven (Job 1:6; Dan.4:35; Phil.2:10; Col.1:15-18; Rev.12:12; 13:6).
2. Earth (Phil.2:10; Col.1:16; Rev.12:12).
3. Under the earth; underground; world of the dead; hell (Ps.16:10;  Mat.12:40; Eph.4:8-10; Phil.2:10; 1 pet.3:19).  This includes the angelic inhabitants in tartarus, a compartment of Hades (2 Pet.2:4; Jude 1:6-7); the demons that inhabit the abyss (Lk.8:31; Rev.9:1-21; 20:3,7); the spirits in Sheol/Hades (Ps.9:17; 16:10; 71:20; Pro.9:18; 15:24; Isa.14:9; Rev.20:11-15).

Four Facts about TRUE Christians: 
#1. They are the TRUE circumcision (Rom.2:29).
#2. They are worshipers in the Spirit (Jn.4:24).
#3. They rejoice in Christ (Phil.3:1; 4:4; 1 Pet.1).
#4. They have no confidence in flesh, self (Phil.3:3; 2 Cor.5:16).

Twelve Practices of Paul that we should imitate:
1. To worship God in Spirit (Phil.3:3; Jn.4:24).
2. To rejoice in Christ (Phil.3:1,3; 4:4).
3. To have no confidence in flesh, self (Phil.3:3-8).
4. To count all things loss for Christ (Phil.3:7-8).
5. To count all things but dung, filthy muck (Phil.3:8).
6. To have no self-righteousness (Phil.3:9).
7. He wanted knowledge and wisdom of Christ  (Phil.3:8,12).
8. Forgetting the past was needed (Phil.3:13).
9. He reached out for future things (Phil.3:13).
10. He pressed toward the prize (Phil.3:14).
11. He strived to be an example (Phil.3:15-19).
12. He looked for the Saviour (Phil.3:20).

Twelve Desires of TRUE Christians:
1. That I may win Christ (Phil.3:8).
2. That I may be found in Him (Phil.3:9).
3. That I may have His righteousness (Phil.3:9).
4. That I may know Him (Phil.3:10).
5. That I may know His power (Phil.3:10).
6. That I may fellowship of His sufferings (Phil.3:10).
7. That I may be conformed to His death (Phil.3:10).
8. That I may be in the first resurrection (Phil.3:11-12).
9. That I may be perfect (Phil.3:12-13).
10. That I may win the prize (Phil.3:14).
11. That I may be one with all other believers (Phil.3:15-19).
12. That I may be changed in body (Phil.3:21).

Three Parts of Forgetting the Past: 
1. We cannot waste time over the past (verse 13).
2. We must reach forth to that which is before us in the race (verse 13).
3. We must press toward the finish line, the mark (verse 14), lest I be disqualified for the prize (verse 14; 1Cor.9:24).

Five Facts about False Teachers:
1. They are enemies of the cross (Phil.3:18).
2. Their end is destruction (Phil.3:19; 2 Cor.11:14-15; Heb.6:8; 2 Pet.2:20).
3. Their god is their belly (Isa.56:10-12; Eze.13:19; Phil.3:19; Rom.16:18).
4. Their glory is in their shame (Phil.3:19).
5. They mind earthly things (Mat.7:15; Phil.3:19; Rom.8:5-6; 1 Pet.3:3,13-20).

SOME BIBLE FACTS ABOUT FALSE TEACHERS
1. Jesus warned about false teachers (Matthew 7:15-17)
2. Paul warned about false teachers (Acts 20:29-30 - 2 Timothy 3:13 - 2 Timothy 4:3-4)
3. Peter warned about false teachers and said that many will follow them (2 Peter 2:1-2)
4. John warned about false teachers (1 John 2:18-20)
5. Jude warned about false teachers (Jude 3-4)

SOME BIBLE FACTS ABOUT DOCTRINE
1. The Bible is given for doctrine (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
2. We are to continue in the apostles' doctrine (Acts 2:42)
3. No false doctrine is to be allowed (1 Timothy 1:3)
4. Preachers are to give themselves to doctrine (1 Timothy 4:13)
5. Our doctrine is to be incorrupt (Titus 2:10)
6. We are to separate from false doctrine (Romans 16:17)

WHO is an enemy of Christ? ALL those who refuse to believe God!

Essential doctrines are necessary for salvation. Non-essential doctrines are NOT necessary for salvation. SO . . . WHAT is the doctrine of the Gospel that is needed to save your soul? It is so simple that most people in the world pass right over it!
Jesus died on the cross to pay sin’s penalty (our penalty, because it is OUR sin, NOT Jesus’ sin). He rose again (was resurrected Acts 2:24,30,32; 3:26), and now sits on the right hand of God the Father (Heb.10:12), where He is our Advocate (1 Jn.2:1). IF you believe that Jesus took your place on the cross, and that His precious Blood (1 Pet.1:18-19) was an atonement (payment) for your sins, you are saved, you have eternal life (Jn.3:15-18,36; 1 Jn.5:10-13).
Salvation . . . is by God’s grace through faith alone (Eph.2:8-9). Salvation is faith in Christ alone  . . . plus NOTHING! John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (KJV)
Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. (KJV)
1 John 5:10-13 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. 11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. 13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. (KJV)

The vast majority of people today, consider God’s One and Only Way of salvation (JESUS) far too narrow for them. True, the gate is strait (difficult, troublesome)! Matthew 7:13-14 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: [14] Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. (KJV) . . . BUT . . . unless you enter that strait gate, and follow that narrow path, you will NOT come to life, but instead death, eternal death in Hell.

Remember that your works have absolutely NOTHING to do with your salvation. Only faith in Jesus’ work on the cross can bring you salvation.
God has only one question for the lost sinner to answer: "What will you do with Jesus who died for you?" IF you accept Him as your Saviour, you are saved by faith. IF you refuse to accept Him, everlasting destruction awaits (2 Thes.1:8-9).
Living a righteous life comes only by faith. Even your life after salvation does not build up a righteousness that has anything to do with your salvation. Your faith in Christ is a motivation for you to live for God. That is the reason Paul went on to live as he did.

Some people get the idea that being saved by faith means there is no motivation for conduct and works. They think that if a person is saved by grace it must mean he just sits around, being a couch potato. That is NOT true. A TRUE saving faith is a faith that moves you. James said "...shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works" (Jam.2:18). My friend, if you say that you are saved, I want to see your works. If you do not have works, you are NOT saved! That is what Paul is saying. If you have been saved by faith you have a new life purpose, a new life-style. If your faith in Christ has not changed you, you have NOT been saved. You are still the same old man producing the same old life. Paul throws out any notion that being saved by faith means you can sit in a rocking chair and rock yourself all the way to Heaven. Faith alone saves, but the faith that saves is not alone.

Ten Cures for Worry
1. Allow the peace of God to keep your heart and mind through Jesus Christ (Phil.4:7).
2. Abandon all worry; then by prayer, supplication, and thanksgiving, make all requests known to God (Phil.4:6; Jam.4:7).
3. Think on right things (Phil.4:8).
4. Keep mind stayed on God (Isa.26:3).
5. Use the weapons of spiritual warfare available to you (2 Cor.10:4-6).
6. Put on the whole armor of God (Eph.6:10-18).
7. Have faith in God (Mat.6:25-34; 7:7-11; 17:20; 21:22; Mk.11:22-24).
8. Live and walk in the Spirit (Rom.6:14; 8:1-13; Gal.5:16-26).
9. Do not cast away confidence (Heb.3:6,12-14; 6:11-12; 10:19-23,35-39).
10. Cast all your cares upon God (1 Pet.5:7).

Six Things to Meditate On:
1. True things . . . all that is in harmony with eternal truth (2 Tim.2:15; 3:16-17).
2. Honest things . . . all that is serious, decent, honorable, and Christian (1 Tim.3:8,11; Tit.2:2).
3. Just things. . . all in harmony with justice and righteousness (Rom.3:24-31; 8:4; 2 Pet.1:4-10).
4. Pure things . . . all that is pure and holy for body and soul (Rom.12:1-2; 2 Cor.3:16-17; 7:1).
5. Lovely things . . . all that is pleasing and tends to bless others (2 Cor.13:4-8; Gal.5:22;23).
6. Things of good report . . . all that is in harmony with the public good, virtuous and praiseworthy (Rom.13:1-10; 2 Pet.1:4-10).

Ten Tremendous Lessons we should Learn:
1. To be content under all circumstances (Phil.4:11)
2. How to be abased (Phil.4:12)
3. How to abound (Phil.4:12)
4. In all places (Phil.4:12)
5. In all things (Phil.4:12)
6. To be full (Phil.4:12)
7. To be hungry (Phil.4:12)
8. To abound (Phil.4:12)
9. To suffer need (Phil.4:12)
10. That nothing is impossible through Jesus Christ (Phil.4:13; Mat.17:20; Mk.9:23; 11:22-24; Jn.14:12-15; 15:7,16)

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