"Commentary on Philippians 2:15". Christ Himself is τὸ φῶς τοῦ κόσμου (John 8:12). That ye may be blameless This, and what follows, show the end to be answered, by observing the above exhortation. As lights in the world , [ foosteeres (Greek #5458)] - 'luminaries,' as the sun and moon, 'the great lights' in the material world. Twisted thinking leads to twisted living. "The Bible Study New Testament". Greek. Both interpretations really converge in this context. Luke 1:6. The attitude of the church B. It is one of those adverbial expressions which, in the later language, perhaps under the influence of Semitic usage, took the place of prepositions. “These luminaries do not shine for their own sake; they shine to provide light for all the world. “Really means stars, bearers of light” (Muller p. 94). Commentators differ as to whether φ. means here “appear” or “shine”. akeraios. All rights reserved. "E.W. Philippians 2:15. A tacit contrast to Deuteronomy 32:5, "Their spot is not the spot of His children: they are a perverse and crooked generation" (cf. and harmless; that is, that they might be, and appear to be so; harmless as doves, in imitation of Christ, who was holy in his nature, and harmless in his conversation, as his followers should be; doing no injury to any man's person or property, behaving in an inoffensive manner to all men, to Jew and Gentile, and to the church of God: it follows, the sons of God; not that they might be sons by so doing; but be "as the sons of God", as the Syriac version renders it, be like them, and behave as such; for they were the sons of God already; not by creation only, as angels, and all men are, not merely by profession of religion, but by adopting grace; they were predestinated to the adoption of children, and were taken into this relation in the covenant of grace, Christ had redeemed them from under the law, that they might receive this blessing, and it was actually bestowed upon them by him in conversion: but the sense is, that they might appear to be the children of God, by acting as becomes such; not that they might appear so to themselves, for they were openly and manifestly to themselves the children of God, by faith in Christ Jesus, and through the testimony of the Spirit, witnessing to their spirits that they were in such a relation to God; but that they might appear so to others, that they were the adopted sons of God, and also begotten again by him, and made partakers of the divine nature; by their being followers of God as dear children, and by their being obedient ones to him in all holiness and godly conversation, yielding a ready and cheerful obedience to his will, without repining at it, or disputing about it; and to be, without rebuke; not without the rebuke of their heavenly Father, for whom he loves he rebukes, and every son that he receives into his family he scourges and chastises, not in wrath and anger, or with rebukes of fury, but of love; but without the rebuke of men, both of the churches and ministers of Christ, whose business it is to reprove and rebuke, publicly and privately, as cases and their circumstances require; and of the men of the world, who when they have any occasion, make use of it to speak reproachfully, as a railing Rabshakeh did, when it is a time of rebuke and blasphemy, and to be shunned and guarded against as much possible: especially since the saints live. “May become”: Such a goal is possible for every Christian, yet “may become” is not the same as “automatic” or “unconditional”. Sense-construction.— φαίν. Lights.—Properly, luminaries; so used in the Old Testament, and probably in Revelation 21:11. Imitation of our heavenly Father is the instinctive guide to duty as His children, more than any external law (Matthew 5:44; Matthew 5:48). Grace Bible Chapel Sunday, July 24, 2005 Philippians 2:15 Children of God Above Reproach I. Finding the new version too difficult to understand? Sons , [ tekna (Greek #5043)] - "the children of God" (Romans 8:14-16). In the midst of a crooked and perverse nation; Among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Justin Edwards' Family Bible New Testament, Cambridge Greek Testament for Schools and Colleges, ἔδωκεν αὐτοῖς ἐξουσίαν τέκνα θεοῦ γενέσθαι, τὴν ἐλευθερίαν τῆς δόξης τῶν τέκνων τοῦ θεοῦ, γενηθήτωσαν φωστῆρες ἐν τῷ στερεώματι τοῦ οὐρανοῦ, John Eadie's Commentary on Galatians, Ephesians, Colossians and Philippians, [Note: See Richard C. Trench, Synonyms of the New Testament, pp354-56. "genea," p112. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/egt/philippians-2.html. 1897-1910. 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; Blameless and harmless - without either the repute of, or the inclination to mischief (Alford). Our "difference" must be rooted in Scripture and not our own weird opinions. BibliographyEllicott, Charles John. - That ye may be blameless and harmless; read, with the best manuscripts, that ye may become; an exhortation to continued progress. Septuagint use the same Greek (Genesis 1:14; Genesis 1:16; note, Revelation 21:11). The word, therefore, stands half-way between “light” itself, as in Matthew 5:14, and the merely artificial “light” (or, candle) of John 5:35. This is one more reason why we are not to "love" the world (1 John 2:15). ἀμωμητά may be due to μωμητά of LXX.— μέσον is certainly to be read instead of ἐν μέσῳ, with all leading authorities.
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