Sept. 22, 2020

What Does Philippians 1:10 Mean?

What Does Philippians 1:10 Mean?

Philippians 1:9-10 (NIV): And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ.

A SNAPSHOT OF TODAY'S BIBLE VERSE OF THE DAY

In today's Bible Verse of the Day, we study what it means to be "pure" and "blameless" by exploring the original Greek words. Fascinating insight! Discover the richness of God's Word in 3 Minutes.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN IN THIS 3-MINUTE BIBLE STUDY PODCAST

  • How an overflow of God's love leads us to know what is excellent
  • The Greek imagery behind "pure"
  • A deeper insight into the Greek word for "blameless" 

PREVIOUS EPISODES IN THE SIMPLE TRUTH THROUGH PHILIPPIANS

Introduction to Philippians
Philippians 1:1 (Part 1)
Philippians 1:1 (Part 2)
Philippians 1:2
Philippians 1:3-4
Philippians 1:5
Philippians 1:6
Philippians 1:7
Philippians 1:8-9
Philippians 1:9-10
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Transcript

Hey, welcome to The Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth.

 Today, we continue looking into Paul’s prayer for the Philippians. Paul knows the believers in Philippi are filled with God’s love, and yet he prays that their love would abound even more. God’s overflowing love in our lives drives our behavior. God’s love experienced in your life imparts rich revelation into your spirit. And the more intimate love you experience with God, the more your knowledge of what pleases Him grows even more, and the result will be a heart that burns within you to choose what is excellent in God’s eyes. So, to sum up our study of verses 9 and 10 we’ve learned that God’s love, revelation and insight empower us to choose what is most excellent of all. 

 Which brings us into today’s verse from Philippians 1 starting back in verse 9 through 10 which says, “And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ.”

So Paul gives us another incredible result from God’s overflowing love in our lives and that is that it enables us to be pure and blameless. Other translations use the word “sincere” and blameless. 

The imagery Paul is using here is fascinating. In ancient times, when porcelain dealers broke a porcelain vessel, they would patch it back together with wax. There was only one way to tell that it had been patched, and that was to hold the vessel up to the sunlight and the wax would immediately be seen. Many times, the merchants wanted the buyers to know their vessels were not patched and so they would advertise them as sine cera, meaning without wax, and this is where we get our word “sincere.” 

Paul also prays that we remain blameless. The Greek word here gives the visual image of stumbling. In other words, Paul prays that our behavior does not cause us to stumble, nor does it cause another believer to stumble, either intentionally or accidentally. 

So, your Simple Truth for today. God’s overflowing love into your life brings you a deeper revelation of knowledge and insight empowering you to choose what is most excellent in the eyes of God and acting accordingly so that on the day you meet your Savior, you will be found pure and blameless.

Tomorrow, we finish our look at Paul’s prayer for the believers in Philippi.  Be sure to join us by simply asking your Amazon smart speaker to “Play Bible Study.” 

I’m Julie Carruth and I’ll see you again tomorrow.