This is a little Bible study with a BIG insight.
A tremendous promise is made to the Christians at Philippi that we can claim for ourselves today. It has to do with beginning well and finishing well.
Specifically, since Christ has begun a good work in you and me the moment we opened our lives to Him, He declares he will continue that good work all the way to completion. Here. Read it for yourself:
Philippians 1:3-6 NIV. I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
You are in this passage, this promise! Can you see that? Take courage. Your journey progresses toward a sure outcome. Jesus finishes what He has started! As you submit to His gracious plan and power, you win! Big time!
I met a man who came early to church to pray that he might finish well. That blessed me. I wondered how many of us find that to be a passion in our prayers for the present and future.
But now, observe that this promise is, first of all, about US collectively, and then it has an encouraging application to YOU and ME, individually.
This is a corporate promise. Paul is celebrating the work of God in the entire Christian community in Philippi City. In the Greek, the word “you” is plural. It means “you all.” (or “y’all” if you’re from Texas). God had begun a good work among all the believers collectively in Philippi. And the same is true of our partnership here at Clearwater Church in the City of Fort Collins. What He has begun – this special movement of the Spirit – He declares He will “carry it on to completion.”
Again, think corporately, not just individually. You and I are connected by God’s plan here.
Jesus has begun a good work among all of us at Clearwater Church. He will bring it to a glorious completion. In the day of Christ’s glorification, we all will celebrate – and we will be celebrated as – the demonstration of our Lord’s redemptive love, power, and glory through US, as “partners in the gospel” here at Clearwater Church.
I’m so glad you’re a part of the Family of God here. Let’s savor another insightful look at Paul’s benediction of hope in Ephesians 3:20-21.
“Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.”