The broken body and shed blood of Jesus has been given to all believers through the finished work of the cross. The communion ceremony is ours, whenever we need it, to observe that broken body and shed blood. Just as Israel ate all of the lamb and there were none feeble among their tribes (Psalm 105:37b), we have His body, broken for us (Mark 14:22), and we have His blood as our justification (Romans 5:9). Partake of Holy Communion as often as you like, observing that Jesus bore your suffering so that you could bear His health.
Other than verses 13 and 19 in Philippians 4, perhaps one of the most often quoted passage from this epistle is: “Being confident of this very thing, that He Who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:6) What a precious promise from God! What a powerful statement of reality! He Who has begun a good work in you, WILL complete it! He cannot fail to do so.
If you have repented of your sins and trusted in Christ alone for your salvation, but feel like you’re floundering a bit, be encouraged. Jesus said that He gives to His sheep eternal life, and they shall never perish, and nobody can snatch us out of His hand. (John 10:28). That is security, my friend!
This week we begin a very rewarding and yet challenging study in Paul’s epistle to the Philippians. In this little letter that has been called by some, “the epistle of joy”, we discover many practical lessons regarding the Christian life. As in our study of any book of the Bible, we must always keep in mind that sound, God-centered, Christ-exalting, Spirit-empowered theology is always the root of God-centered, Christ-exalting, Spirit-empowered living.
In this section of Paul's letter to the Colossian and Laodicean believers, we find the marching orders to continue to pray and proclaim the gospel. Praying and walking in wisdom and proclaiming the truth about Jesus are vital parts of continuing to follow Jesus. We could say that praying, practicing and proclaiming are the three keys to being effective witnesses for Jesus Christ.