THE MOTIVATION TEO LOVE ONE ANOTHER

WORD UNITY:clip_image002(OH CAN THIS BE!)

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THE MOTIVATION TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER

Charles e. whisnant, pastor and teacher

Philippians 2:1-5

Rivers of joy Baptist church September 13 2009

  • THIS WORD UNITY IS NOT IN THE KJV. The word means: “the state or condition of being one. Harmony of opinion, interest, or feelings. “Likemindedness.”

 In Scripture the idea of unity is more inward then outward.

  1. It is internally compelling, not externally controlled.
  2. It is more heart felt than creedal.
  3. It is more spiritual than verbal.
  4. It is union of heart, minds and souls in the common causes
  5. It is a union of people attracted to each other because they’re motivated by the same power.

[THE THEME OF THESE PASSAGES OF SCRIPTURE TO THE PEOPLE AT PHILIPPI IN 62 A.D. The letter was written to the church at Philippi, one of the earliest churches to be founded in Europe.

1. The Doctrine of Christian Unity

2. The High Standard of Spiritual commitment

3. The Pattern of Unity in the Believer’s life.

MOTIVES OF UNITY.

  1.  Motives answer why: Why should we seek Unity.
  2.  Marks answer what: What is unity?
  3.  Means answer how: How do we experience unity?

2:1 So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, 2 complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3 Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,


If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, 2 Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. 3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. 4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. 5  Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

IF”. Since, an assumption that what is being asserted is actually true. Matthew 4:3, 23:30

When the condition is present, the conclusion should also be present. If the view of the fact, this could occur. When you are “in Christ,” that is the motive for our unity.

(1) "If there be (with you) any consolation in Christ," that is, any consolation of which Christ is the source, leading you to wish to console me in my afflictions borne for Christ’s sake, ye owe it to me to grant my request "that ye be like-minded" [CHRYSOSTOM and ESTIUS]:

(2) "If there be any comfort of (that is, flowing from) love," the adjunct of "consolation in Christ";

(3) "If any fellowship of (communion together as Christians, flowing from joint participation in) the Spirit" (2 Corin 13:14). As Pagans meant literally those who were of one village, and drank of one fountain, how much greater is the union which conjoins those who drink of the same Spirit! (1 Corin 12:4,13)

(4) "If any bowels (tender emotions) and mercies (compassions)," the adjuncts of "fellowship of the Spirit." The opposites of the two pairs, into which the four fall, are reprobated, Php 2:3:4

“If” or “Because” (the condition is true) The above should be the driving motives that compel.

FOUR MOTIVES TO SEEK AND HAVE UNITY IN THE BODY OF CHRIST.

1A ENCOURAGEMENT IN CHRIST “CONSOLATION IN CHIRST”

  • Has Christ encouraged us as
  • believers? We have the benefit of the fellowship in the. body. “Gentle cheering.
  •  Therefore we can and should encourage others in the body. John 1335.

  • Does the influence of Christ move you to obedience? Give you an incentive for action?

clip_image006A spiritual principle: Obedience is a personal response to a very personal relationship.


2A COMFORT OF LOVE.

· 2 Corin 5 14 The Love of Christ constraineth us, i.e. urges us on with irresistible force. If it is true that you have been encourage by Christ love, then fulfill by joy by loving one another.

· Cheering up. It is in the sphere of Christ. John 13 34

clip_image008A spiritual principle: Loving others is a result of receiving Christ’s love.

3A THE FELLOWSHIP WITH HAVE WITH THE SPIRIT.

“Fellowship 2842” refer to partnership, communion, sharing. 1 Corin 6:19.

clip_image010 The very moment a person receives Christ, as personal savior, a person is placed in Christ, and the Holy Spirit comes to take up residence in his body so that he has a relationship with the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit is the reality of his life.

If the reality of the indwelling Holy Spirit, give you these things…..then fulfill my joy…..

This is not a fellowship in the human sense. But one of the Spirit. 2 Corin 13 14

What does the Holy Spirit do? Why does the Holy Spirit take up residence in our lives?

  • To bring in the greater conformity to Christ. Thus the greater fellowship.
  • A closer walk with Jesus.
  • Compliance to the image of Christ.
  • An effective service for Christ in witness.
  • In Worship
  • In edification.

So when believers recognize these truths, cooperate with the Holy Spirit, obeying the Scriptural principles, exercising their spiritual gifts, harmony will occur.

WHAT DOES THE HOLY SPIRIT DO FOR US?

  • Guarantees our eternal glory in heaven.
  • Unceasingly prays for us.
  • Gives us gifts measure to us
  • Fills us
  • Produces fruits in us
  • Teaches us
  • Enables us to resist temptation
  • Gives us the word.
  • Fills us with holy impulses
  • Have given us everything pertaining to life
  • FIND THE SCRIPTURE TO EACH.

4A IF ANY AFFECTION, MERCIES, COMPASSION.

Romans 12:1, II Corinthians 1:3 and James 5:11.

“BOWELS”<4698> Seat of emotions. The capacity or ability to love.

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“{Because} you have the capacity to love the brethren {since} its possible to manifest this love, by responsiding to a man’s need, then fulfill my joy.”

“MERCIES” 3628} “AFFECTION”. The Holy Spirit has a deeply felt longing for us.

Our God, our Savior, our Jesus Christ, isn’t cold, hard, indifferent deity who functions like a machine.

Ours is a living relationship with a Savior who encourages, exhorts and ministers to us.

We as believers share the life of the Holy Spirit in our spirit. He gives us:

  • Life.
  • Salvation.
  • Power.
  • Fruits.
  • Gifts.
  • Resources.

Shouldn’t we all have the same mind? To cause disunity is doing a disloyalty to a loving Christ and Spirit who long for unity.

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Paul’s approach to unity in the church? He doesn’t threat to encouage unity. He bases his request based on the goodness of God. The bond relationship with our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. And our loving Holy Spirit that dwells in us

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About Charles e Whisnant

Youth Pastor since 1964.Pastor/Teacher 1971-74, 1980-2001, 2008-2015. Seminary, College, On line training, 50 years of study. A student of of the Bible. Expositional in my teaching. Married for 45 years. Four children and three granddaughter. Currently pastor - teacher in Minford, Ohio. No published books. No TV program. Favorite preachers Spurgeon, Calvin, MacArthur, Lloyd-Jones, Packer, Edwards, Baxter, Puritans.
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