Summary: To enumerate the things needed for your mind to fix on.
Do you have a mind?
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To enumerate the things needed for your mind to fix on.
Philippians 4:8 (Amplified Bible)
For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them].
Set our mind on GOD, JESUS CHRIST, the HOLY SPIRIT and the WORD of GOD. These qualifies to the many requirements we need to think about.
Fix your mind on these
A. Author: Apostle Paul
B. Date written: 60 - 64 A.D.
C. Purpose: 3-fold purposes:
1. To express Paul's affection for the Philippian believers
2. To thank them for their gift
3. To encourage them to a lifestyle of unity, holiness and joy
D. To whom written: Philippian believers
E. Main theme: JESUS CHRIST
F. Definition "THINK ON"
(Reference: Webster's 1828 Dictionary)
THINK, v.i. pret. and pp. thought, pron. thaut. [L. duco.]
1. To have the mind occupied on some subject; to have ideas, or to revolve ideas in the mind.
--For that I am
I know, because I think.
These are not matters to be slightly thought on.
2. To judge; to conclude; to hold as a settled opinion. I think it will rain tomorrow. I think it not best to proceed on our journey.
Let them marry to whom they think best. Num 36.
3. To intend.
Thou thought'st to help me.
I thought to promote thee to great honor. Num 24.
4. To imagine; to suppose; to fancy.
Edmund, I think, is gone
In pity of his misery, to dispatch
His 'nighted life.
Let him that thinketh he standeth, take heed lest he fall. 1 Cor 10.
5. To muse; to meditate.
While Peter thought on the vision--Acts 10.
Think much, speak little.
6. To reflect; to recollect or call to mind.
And when Peter thought thereon, he wept. Mark 14.
7. To consider; to deliberate. Think how this thing could happen.
He thought within himself, saying, what shall I do?
8. To presume.
Think not to say within yourselves,we have Abraham to our father-- Mat 3.
9. To believe; to esteem.
To think on or upon, to muse on; to meditate on.
If there by any virtue,and if there by any praise, think on these things. Phil 4.
1. To light on by meditation. He has just thought on an expedient that will answer the purpose.
2. To remember with favor.
Think upon me, my God, for good. Neh 5.
To think of, to have ideas come into the mind. He thought of what you told him. I would have sent the books, but I did not think of it.
To think well of, to hold in esteem; to esteem.
THINK, v.t. To conceive; to imagine.
Charity--thinketh no evil. 1 Cor 13.
1. To believe; to consider; to esteem.
Nor think superfluous others' aid.
2. To seem or appear, as in the phrases, me thinketh or methinks, and methought. These are genuine Saxon phrases, equivalent to it seems to me, it seemed to me. In these expressions, me is actually in the dative case; almost the only instance remaining in the language. Sax "genoh thuht," satis visum est, it appeared enough or sufficient; "me thineth," mihi videtur, it seems to me; I perceive.
To think much, to grudge.
He thought not much to clothe his enemies.
Fix your mind came from the King James Version phrase: "Think on" which came from the Greek word: "logizomai" meaning "take an inventory", "conclude", "esteem", "number", "reason", "think on"
VIII. MAIN BODY:
A. True - Greek word: "alethes" meaning truth
Romans 3:4 (New King James Version)
Certainly not! Indeed, let God be true but every man a liar. As it is written: "That You may be justified in Your words, And may overcome when You are judged."
Titus 1:13 (New King James Version)
This testimony is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith,
1 Peter 5:12 (New King James Version)
By Silvanus, our faithful brother as I consider him, I have written to you briefly, exhorting and testifying that this is the true grace of God in which you stand.
B. Worthy of reverence and honorable - honorable, honest - came from the Greek word: "semnos"
Grave - To carve; to write or delineate on hard substances; to practice engraving. (Webster's 1828 Dictionary)
1 Timothy 3:8 (New King James Version)
Likewise deacons must be reverent, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy for money,