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- 3. Let nothing be done through strife or vain glory ; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than theinselves.
4. Look not every man on bis own things, but every man also on the things of others.
Does not the apostle Paul set forth the example of Christ as a powerful incitement to humility?
5. Let this mind be in your, which was also in Cbrist Jesus:
- 6. Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God :
7. "But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
8. And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
9. Wherefore God also bath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name;
10. That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the carth;
11. And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
What caution does he add against murmuring and disputing?
14. Do all things without murmurings and disputings;
15. 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 shive as lights in the world.
PAUL'S PRIVILEGES AS A JEW-RENOUNCED
RIS CHRISTIAN ATTAINMENTS,
What does Paul assert of his privileges as a Jew?
4. If any man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more ;
5. Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee ;
6. Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.
In what estimation does he regard these privileges, when compared with that righteousness zohich is through faith in Christ?
7. But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.
8. Yea, doubtless, and I count all things but loss, for the excellency of the knowledge of
Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,
9. And be found in Him; not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ-the righteousness which is of God by faith.
How did Paul rate his attainments as a Christian?
12. Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect; but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.
13. Brethren, I count not myself to have ap-, prehended; but this one thing I do; forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
14. I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Ought not we also to persevere in like manner ?
16. Whereunto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.
Recite the apostle's counsel to moderation and trust in God.
5. Let your moderation be known unto all men : the Lord is at hand.
6. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing, by prayer and thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God :
7. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
What does Paul recommend to the contemplation of the Philippians, in concluding his epistle 2
8. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoerer things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
EPISTLE OF PAUL THE APOSTLE TO
PAUL'S SOLICITUDE AND THANKFULNESS FOR THE COLOSSIANS.
How does Paul express his solicitude for the Colossians, and his thankfulness for the privileges of the Gospel ?
9. We do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will, in all wisdom and spiritual understanding
12. Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
13. Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of bis dear Son;
14. In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins.
How does he remind them of their personal interest in this great benefit?
21. And you that were sometime alienated, and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath He reconciled,
22. In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy, and unblameable, and unre. provable, in his sight;
23. If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the Gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven;
26. Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints.
27. To whom God would make known what