Sept. 15, 2020

What Does Philippians 1:6 Mean?

What Does Philippians 1:6 Mean?

BIBLE VERSE OF THE DAY

Philippians 1:6 (ESV): “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”

A SIMPLE LOOK AT TODAY'S BIBLE STUDY

Paul continues with another reason for his joy when he thinks of the church in Phillipi. He has complete confidence that God will complete what He started in them.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN IN 3-MINUTES DURING THE BIBLE PODCAST

  • What does Paul mean when he says, "God began a good work in you?" 
  • What exactly is a "good work" anyways?
  • How does God continue working out your salvation?
  • When will God finish working out your salvation?


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

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Transcript

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

Do you have any half-finished projects in your house? Like that bathroom remodel that never seems to get finished. In today’s verse, Paul declares confidence in the fact that, unlike us, God DOES finish what He starts.  

 This week, we’ve been studying Paul’s expression of joy and thankfulness when he thinks of the church in Philippi. Yesterday, Paul told he was thankful for their partnership in spreading the gospel. Today, Paul continues with another reason for his joy in Philippians 1:6 when he says, “And I am sure of this, that he (meaning God) who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”

So, what “good work” did God begin in the individuals in Philippi AND what good work has he begun in you? 

This “good work” Paul is referring to here is your salvation. God’s work for you began when Jesus died on the cross for your sins. His work within you began the day you confessed Jesus is Lord. At that moment, you were assured of your eternal security.

But your salvation is not a one and done moment in your life. 

Throughout your entire life, God will continue working out your salvation within you to become more like Christ every day. Paul will teach us more about working out your salvation later in Philippians 2. 

But what I want to make sure you see here is that GOD does this. 

God chose you. 

God initiated your salvation. 

God will continue your salvation, and 

God will bring it to perfect completion on the day of Jesus. 


So, what is the day of Jesus Christ Paul refers to here? Some scholars believe this is the day that Christ returns and will judge nonbelievers and evaluate the lives of believers. Others believe this is when we meet Christ one day face to face. 

And THIS is the most important day coming for us. It’s that day when we realize God has completed His work in us. 

Your simple truth for today: 

If you’ve ever felt like you weren’t getting anywhere in your spiritual life, rest assured that God’s not done with you yet. He will complete what He started in you. And I invite you to give God thanks for this by saying, “God, thank you, that I can be confident of this one thing. You have begun a good work in me, and you WILL complete it. And until that day, teach me how to become more like Jesus every day. Amen.”

Hey, thank you for joining me here on the Simple Truth. Remember you can always listen on your Amazon Smart speaker by simply saying, “Play Bible Study.” 

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