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This is from my daily Greek exercise of sight reading a few months ago, courtesy of Vincent S Artale Jr.

Our text is from the Greek translation of Philippians 2:13.  Here is my translation:

“SUPPORT 13 θεὸς γάρ ἐστιν ὁ ἐνεργῶν ἐν ὑμῖν ‹+ καὶ τὸ θέλειν καὶ τὸ ἐνεργεῖν +›
For God is the one working in you and to will and to work

ὑπὲρ τῆς εὐδοκίας”
for pleasure

Here are some observations:

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greece1-620x409Read: Philippians 2:1-11

Reflection

Q: What is the purpose of this passage according to the end of verse 2?

Q: What right view of myself do I need to have according to verse 3?

Q: What characteristic of Christ’s attitude stands out to you this morning in verses 5-9?

Q: How should Christ’s person and action motivate me to have the right attitude in my current relations to others (family, church, co-workers, boss)?

Reminder: For a relationship to have unity instead of discord, I need to have a Christ like attitude towards others.

Real Talk with God:

– Adoration of Jesus’ Humility

– Confession of Your pride

– Thanksgiving for what Jesus had done for us to save us

– Supplication for God to humble you

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Philippians James Boice

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Good commentary on Philippians. I thoroughly enjoyed it and felt it was a good commentary to accompany my own personal devotional through Philippians. Insightful observations were given from the text, especially when Boice makes observations from Greek word studies, things that the general reading audience would not pick up themselves. Examples include his explanation about the Praetorian Guard are only in Rome, what citizenship meant to the Philippians who were loyal to the Roman Empire and also the Greek word for form in Philippians 2 refer to the inward true nature of something (thus form does not just mean “image” but that Jesus was truly God in essence). I appreciated this commentary a lot. The first 96 pages was devoted to the first chapter alone, though towards the end of the book Boice picked up the pace; I would have appreciated if he would have been able to give the same attention and care of slowly going through the text towards the last half of the book just as he did in the first half. I recommend this commentary for the expositor and the lay reader.

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