|4:1||Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.|
|4:2||I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord.|
|4:3||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.|
|4:4||Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.|
|4:5||Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.|
[Introduction] Today is Chuseok, the biggest Holiday of Korea. Chuseok has the meaning of richness. But in reality, it is the opposite of richness. When the biggest holidays are near, women feel the stress by ‘Holiday syndrome.’ These holidays are seemingly happy; problems such as financial problem and conflict cause stress. In this situation, what must we do as the children of God, who has received the salvation? Apostle Paul gives us an answer through today’s passage. The answer is to live the life in the Lord as today’s title says. When we are in the Lord, any ‘stress’ will turn into ‘strength.’ I bless you to receive the answer through today’s scripture to live the life in the Lord and to experience good influence of Christ in the fields in your life.
1. The Life that Stands Firmly on the Truth
Philippians 4:1 is the brief conclusion of chapter three and the start of chapter four, which is the advice from Apostle Paul. Through Chapter three, he emphasized the fact that all his past standards of value had changed since the moment he met Jesus Christ. He shouted it to the believers of the Philippians Church with a covenantal consuming passion to ask them to come out from legalism and the Roman culture and to stand firmly in the Lord. ‘To stand firm in the Lord’ doesn’t mean ‘just to stand.’ ‘To stand firm’ is stēkete (στήκετε) in Greek and it is a military term. It is used to describe the feature of the soldiers who guard their camp from enemies who come towards them in the war. Therefore, Apostle Paul saying ‘stand firm in the Lord’ means to stand firm on the truth of Jesus Christ by staking our life. Also, the expression ‘stand firm in the Lord’ has a thread of connection with the message of the full armor of God in Ephesians 6:10-20. It is emphasized in Ephesians 6:13 too. We must fight spiritual battels not physical battles. Thus we must wear the full armor of God. We have to fight spiritual battles with the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the shoes by the Gospel of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit. I bless all Yewon believers in the name of the Lord that you would live a biblical walk of faith that can make forward steps in life by completely grabbing hold of the pulpit message.
2. The Life that Becomes One in the Lord
In Philippians 4:2-3, Apostle Paul emphasizes that the feature of the people who stand firm on the truth of Jesus Christ is to agree each other in the Lord. At that time, there were two people, Euodia and Syntyche. They were in a middle of an argument so they couldn’t be one heart. Paul requested for Euodia and Syntyche to settle for another leader in the Philippian church. He was emphasizing that the important principle of settlement was becoming one heart in the Lord. Beginning verse one, He called the believers of church at Philippi “my brothers whom I love and long for.” It seems ordinary expression but the term “brother” is adelphoi (ἀδελφοί) in Greek meaning a womb. In other words, “brothers” means people who were born from the same womb, the spiritual family. In Philippians 4:4-5, Apostle Paul reveals that reasonableness and rejoicing in the Lord are important to live the life that becomes one in the Lord. I bless all Yewon believers in the name of the Lord that you would live the life that becomes one in the Lord so the priceless value of Jesus Christ’ crucifixion won’t dilute.
[Conclusion] There are two words: choice and decision. The word ‘choice’ means choosing from different options and the word ‘decision’ means taking one option and discarding the others. We must make a choice of choosing the unique truth that Jesus is the Christ and a decision of discarding what is not worthy of the Gospel. With the pulpit message every week, may you discern what ‘choice’ and what ‘decision’ you need to make to see spiritual growth. I bless all Yewon believers to live the life in the Lord with this spiritual standard and be the ones who exert spiritual influence on others as disciples of Christ.