It’s amazing how compassionate Paul was. He was always calling his recipients beloved which means bonds of holy love and separated by God. He was always praying for them making requests and thanking God for them. He was always encouraging, correcting and instructing them. And it was no different for the church at Philippi.
8 For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ. (Philippians 1:8)
He greatly longs for them with inward affection and with tender mercy of Jesus and God is his witness.
And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; (Philippians 1:9)
He lets them know he is praying for them and then tells them what he is praying for on their behalf. He prays that there love may overflow with more and more knowledge and all discernment. The word knowledge used here in Greek is epignosis meaning the act of coming to full knowledge, a true knowledge from God.
To desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding (Colossians 1:9b)
That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ; (Philippians 1:10)
- So you may approve things that are excellent
What does it mean to approve things that are excellent?
The Greek word is diaphanes meaning to bear through, be better, to surpass.
Once we abound in true knowledge and all discernment, we are able to bear through, be better and to surpass.
But again why?
- In order to be sincere and blameless till the day of Christ
To be sincere means to be judged by sunlight, tested as genuine and without wax.
It was normal for a plate or cup to crack when the potter cured them in the oven. Instead of tossing them and starting over some would fill the cracks with wax and then paint the dish to hide the blemish. The only way to expose the imperfection was to hold it up to the light.
Are we sincere?
If we held ourselves to the Light, to The Son, would we be without wax?
After all, that is the only One we should compare ourselves too!
Let’s examine ourselves and ask the Father to show us how we look when held to The Light. Not to make us feel guilty or shameful but to allow the Holy Spirit to work in us and produce those changes that make us insincere.
Remember, if you have found your joy in Jesus, share it!