Compare Ephesians 5:8 and note. are quoted from Porphyrogenitus, de Caer.— σκολ. "Commentary on Philippians 2:15".

We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. The idea here is, that they should be artless, simple, without guile. Philippians 2:14. "Commentary on Philippians 2:15". “The word used for ‘lights’ is the same as is used in the creation story of the lights which God set in the firmament (Genesis 1:14-18)” (Barclay p. 44). The saints are the lights of the world, they were once darkness itself, but are made light in and by the Lord; they are called into marvellous light, and are filled with light spiritual and evangelical; they are like the moon and stars, that give light to the world in the night; and as they receive their light from the sun, and communicate it to the world, so do the saints receive theirs from Christ, the sun of righteousness, and show it forth to others, both by doctrine and practice: or rather the churches of Christ are as candlesticks, in which the light of the Gospel is put, and held forth to men, as follows, see ( Matthew 5:14-16 ) . “Ye”: This would equally apply to every Christian. Philippians 2:15(NASB) Verse Thoughts Paul was writing to the Philippian Church from a prison cell but he wanted to emphasise that the many misfortunes that had befallen him in his ministry.. and his incarceration and trial before a Roman court of law had resulted in the furtherance of the gospel, which was to be seen as an occasion of joy and great rejoicing.

https: "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". Hatz., Einl, p. 214, where several exx. BibliographyEllicott, Charles John.

BibliographyTorrey, R. A. Our "difference" must be rooted in Scripture and not our own weird opinions. The decision to become a Christian is a decision to be a light-bearer (Ephesians 5:8; 1 Thessalonians 5:5). A tacit contrast to Deuteronomy 32:5, "Their spot is not the spot of His children: they are a perverse and crooked generation" (cf. “Crooked”: Something that is warped. 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). As lights in the world , [ foosteeres (Greek #5458)] - 'luminaries,' as the sun and moon, 'the great lights' in the material world.

See Romans 16:19. without rebuke. “In the midst of”: The modern American landscape is filled with "role-models”, yet it often lacks "good examples". Selfishness will prevent any Christian from having a good reputation among non-Christians and from having pure motives.


Will we be a child of God that draws people to your Father? Christ Himself is τὸ φῶς τοῦ κόσμου (John 8:12).

Philippians 2:15 “that ye may become blameless and harmless, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom ye are seen as lights in the world”. Compare Matthew 5:16 and note. Philippi, where these saints lived, was a place of wickedness, and so no doubt was the whole region of Macedonia; the inhabitants were evil for the most part; their ways were crooked, and their works perverse, being contrary to the law of God, and Gospel of Christ; and therefore the following exhortation to the saints there was very suitable. This respects not their being blameless in the sight of God, which the saints are not in themselves, being not without sin, though they are, as considered in Christ, clothed with his righteousness, and washed in his blood; but their being blameless … It is part of that salvation which they are to work out” (Erdman p. 91). “Unmixed, pure; these two terms describe conduct and motive” (Jackson p. 50). γενεὰ σκολιὰ καὶ διεστραμμένη. BibliographyIce, Rhoderick D. "Commentary on Philippians 2:15". Surely the appearing of a φωστήρ, a luminary, must be, at the same time, a shining. The Bible demonstrates that when people twist the truth for their own selfish ends (Romans 1:21-22), they end up wrong on morality as well (Romans 1:24 ff). Twisted thinking leads to twisted living. Outwardly "blameless;" inwardly "harmless," rather 'pure' [ akeraioi (Greek #185): from a, 'not,' and kerannumi (Greek #2767) "mix," "simple"] (Romans 16:19). Paul is instructing that there should be “nothing in their hearts and their motives that ought not to be there” (Lenski p. 802). People actually are playing very close attention to the way that we live. 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.