Sept. 21, 2020

What Does Philippians 1:9-10 Mean?

What Does Philippians 1:9-10 Mean?

Philippians 1:9-11 (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, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.

A SNAPSHOT OF TODAY'S BIBLE VERSE OF THE DAY

Paul continues praying for the believers in Philippi by praying that they may have depth of insight so that they can discern what is best.

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

  • How do you grow in knowledge?
  • What does it mean to have depth of insight?
  • What is the Greek word for discern?

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
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Transcript

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

We’ve been exploring Paul’s prayer for the Philippians. Paul makes it clear that God’s love in us and overflowing through us to others is more than just a feeling. It’s a lived-out, put the Word into action love. And the way we come to know God’s love is through the study of His Word. For it’s within His Word that we begin to understand who God is. We learn what He loves and what He hates. We discover His attributes. His names. 

And this is the knowledge that Paul prays for within the Philippians AND within you – which we examined yesterday.

This process is ongoing. You don’t just read one scripture and boom, I’m done. I’ve had my fill for life. I know who Christ is.” That’s literally impossible. This is an ongoing, daily process of renewing the spirit of your mind.

Picking up today in Philippians chapter 1 verse 9-10 we read, “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, if knowledge is gained from knowing who God is by studying His word, depth of insight is the ability to make wise decisions based upon that knowledge. This word also means discernment, meaning that you can judge what’s morally right or wrong or what was good or evil and then act accordingly. 

And why do we need this knowledge and discernment with our agape love? Paul says in verse 10 it’s so that we may be able to discern what is best. 

The word for "discern" here is the same word used in ancient times to test metals for purity and genuineness. Our decisions must be tested and filtered through the lens of knowledge and discernment. Does the Bible prohibit what I’m doing? Does it encourage how I’m expressing my love? Are my motives pure?

And notice it doesn’t say, “I pray you have knowledge and discernment so that you know what’s good or what’s good enough. It says what’s best. Other translations use the word “excellent.” So, it would seem to me that the question you need to be asking is, “Is this decision excellent? Is it best?”

So, your simple truth for today: When making a decision, don’t do it based upon your enthusiasm or your feelings. Feelings can be deceiving. Test the decision by asking yourself, “What does God’s Word say?” The Bible has ultimate authority in a believer’s life and will help you discern what is the best decision to make. 

Hey, thank you for being awesome. I pray you have a wonderful day and that you experience God’s agape love in an incredible way today.