Every year, the AWANA leaders are challenged with memorizing a “Truth Script.” I failed last year, but did complete it the year before that. I intend to complete it this year. To help me memorize it, I’m going to go over the verses and their meaning.
Philippians 2: 12-18
Wherefore, or ‘for that’, my beloved. Beloved being a term of endearment to those that Paul is writing to in Phillipi. “As ya have always obeyed, not as in my presence only” meaning as you, the people in the church of Phillipi, which is now, in modern day, the church, that are obeying while he is present. “but now much more in my absence…” This is stating that it is more important to obey when not in the presence of others. “…work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” This is part of the obey, as it helps us work out our salvation with fear and trembling. A challenge I give my TREK kids is that when they are about to do something, would they do it if Jesus was standing next to them. If not, then don’t do it.
13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
Through obeying, Gog work in us, to do his will and pleasing him.
14 Do all things without murmurings and disputings:
We are to do all things without murmurings, aka grumbling, and disputings, aka arguing.
15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;
We do this so that we may be blameless and harmless (as in, without the power or desire to do harm), the sons of God. We are the sons and daughters of God, he has adopted us into his family when we accept him. “…without rebuke” The definition of rebuke is: to express sharp, stern disapproval of; reprove; reprimand. “… in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation,…” being within a crooked and perverse (contrary) nation (a large body of people). “…among whom ye shine as lights in the world. So, in summary on this one, we are to be blameless and have no desire to do harm, as those that are part of God’s family, without reprimand, while in the middle of a crooked and contrary people, within whom we are to shine as lights in the world.
16 Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.
Holding forth the word of life is holding true to the word of God, that he may rejoice in the day of Christ, and that he has not run or labored in vain. That we have followed the correct path.
17 Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all.
Yes, and if we are offered as a sacrifice and service for our faith, there is joy and rejoicing among us all.
18 For the same cause also do ye joy, and rejoice with me.
For with the same cause, we have joy and rejoice for others.
In short, be an excellent example of how God wants us to be so that others will see God through us.
Now, back to memorizing.