Joyful Yokefellows

I. Our “citizenship” is in Heaven; look for the Saviour (Philippians 3:20-21)

A. This concept is emphasized twice in Philippians

1. Philippians 1:27 -- Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel

a. This emphasis is on our godly behavior here on earth.
b. Acts 23:1 -- And Paul, earnestly beholding the council, said, Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day.

2. Philippians 3:20 -- For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ

a. This emphasis is on our expectations for eternity.
b. Matthew 6:19-21 -- Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
c. 2 Corinthians 4:18 -- While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
d. Ephesians 2:19 -- Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God

B. This “citizenship” promises total change to make us compatible with Christ throughout eternity.

1. Physical death is necessary to eliminate our “vile” bodies.

a. Romans 5:12 -- Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned
b. Hebrews 9:27 -- And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment

2. Physical death was necessary for our redemption.

a. Hebrews 2:14 -- Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil
b. Hebrews 9:28 -- So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.
1) Jesus participated in “flesh and blood” because that is what we were made of.
2) Jesus did so that he could destroy the devil’s power of death. 
3) Jesus was “obligated” to become flesh and blood in order to accomplish “reconciliation.”

3. Resurrection is required of Christ for our salvation.

a. It is absolutely necessary for our salvation and for our faith.  (Romans 10:9).
1) Adam was the cause of death.  Jesus is the cause of life. (Romans 5:12, 17)
2) Jesus Christ will reign until He destroys death. (1 Corinthians 15:25-26)
b. It must encompass the entirety of the power, the fact, the effect, the burden of death.  In this context, there is no “spiritualizing” of the words.  The apostle is talking about a total change from “death” to “life.”
c. It “sanctifies” the Twice-born through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ on of Calvary (Hebrews 10:10). 
d. It was done in the flesh, done once, and done with and for eternal consequences (Hebrews 10:12-14)

4. Resurrection is required of all Twice-born humanity.

a. The different kinds of “flesh” are identified by Scripture include, birds, fish, beasts, and man (1 Corinthians 15:39 - 40). 
1) All other creatures are set out as specific kinds of “living” things that do not take part in the resurrection that redeemed man enjoys. 
2) All are specifically separated from the “celestial” like stars and angels.
b. The “earthy” image of “flesh and blood” cannot inherit the Kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 15:50)
1) God’s kingdom requires a “change” from the physical to the spiritual; from the temporal to the eternal. 
2) That “change” was made possible by the work of Jesus Christ—proven by the resurrection.

5. Resurrection is defined as the absolute opposite of physical death. (1 Corinthians 15:42-49)

a. Corruption” must become “incorruption.”  “Dishonour” must become “glory.”  “Weakness” must become “power.”  The “natural” must become “spiritual.”
b. Physical death is an “intrusion” into the natural order of things and it takes a resurrection to correct it.
c. Physical death must follow the “birth from above” (John 3:3)
1) It brings about a transfer from death to life (John 5:24). 
2) It involves a “new creation” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
3) It is a “pledge” of the Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 5:5).

6. Resurrection is the fulfilment of when our “vile” bodies will be freed from the curse of death. (Philippians 3:21)

II. Our “citizenship” requires a very close working relationship (Philippians 4:1-3)

A. We are to see each other as “beloved” and “longed for.”

1. Ephesians 5:1-2 -- Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; and walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us

2. 1 Thessalonians 2:7-8 -- But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her children: so being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were dear unto us.

3. 2 Corinthians 9:14 -- And by their prayer for you, which long after you for the exceeding grace of God in you.

B. We are to see each other as a “joy” and a “crown.”

1. John 15:9-11 -- As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.  If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

2. 1 Thessalonians 2:19-20 -- For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming? For ye are our glory and joy.

C. We are to “stand fast” in the Lord together.

1. The word (steko) means “to be stationary”.

a. 1 Corinthians 16:13 -- Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.           
b. 2 Thessalonians 2:15-17 -- Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle. Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.

2.         The counsel to Euodias and Syntyche is to be of one mind.

a. 1 Corinthians 1:10 --  Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.
b. Romans 12:16 -- Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.

3. The “colleagues” were “entreated” to work with Paul in the Gospel.

a. Philippians 1:27 -- Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel
b. Philippians 2:25 -- Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, and companion in labour, and fellowsoldier, but your messenger, and he that ministered to my wants.

III. Our “citizenship” should bring constant rejoicing (Philippians 4:4)

A. God is great and constantly defends and blesses us.

1. Psalm 5:11-12 -- But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.  For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield.

2. Isaiah 12:2-3 -- Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.

B. God has provided everything necessary to live righteously.

1. 2 Peter 1:3-4 -- According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

2. Jude 24-25 -- Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.

C. God gives us victory over sin and a hope for eternity.

1. Romans 6:14 -- For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

2. 1 Peter 1:3-5 -- Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

3. Psalm 118:24 -- This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

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