Lights in a Crooked World

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Children of God

The first post in this devotional series covering the book of Philippians is Devoted to Philippians.

“So that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world.” (Philippians 2:15)

Previously we found out that we shouldn’t have quarrels amongst ourselves, so that we would be blameless and innocent to a watching world. But what does it mean that the world is “crooked and perverse”?

Paul is likely quoting from Deuteronomy 32:5, which uses the Hebrew equivalent to these two words. And, in both Greek and Hebrew, they mean morally twisted. They’re almost interchangeable (the Deuteronomy verse is usually translated “perverse and crooked”). Both words mean roughly the same thing; they’re used together for emphasis in our passage and Deuteronomy.

The world is darkly perverse. And, this is in contrast to what we Christians should be: lights shining into this darkness. But, we lose that if we have infighting in the Church.

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Hold Fast the Word of Life

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