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The first post in this devotional series covering the book of Philippians is Devoted to Philippians.
Therefore, my beloved brethren whom I long to see, my joy and crown, in this way stand firm in the Lord, my beloved. (Philippians 4:1)
“When I see a therefore in Scripture, I look to see what it’s there for.”1
First thing to remember is that therefore refers back to previous thoughts by the writer (Paul). In this case, he’s referring to the end of chapter three. Remember that Paul’s original writing did not include chapter breaks. Those were added in the 13th century.
So, what does the preceding section say? I wrote about this previously: our citizenship in heaven. Jesus will give us glorified bodies and a home in God’s home, Heaven. Paul longs to see his friends in person, but knows he might not be able to. So, he asks them to stand firm in the Lord. Keep the faith. Run the race. Stick with Christ through thick and thin.
I could go on and on with slick catchphrases, but you get the point. Since we have this great citizenship in Heaven, let’s live up to everything that means in this life! By His power, we CAN do it!
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