Summary: This sermon provides an expository sermon based on Phil. 1.3-11.

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God is the Artist of Salvation

(The Perfection of the Saints)

Text: Phil 1.3-11


1. Note the resemblance that children have to their parents.

2. Antique Road show – The dealers can identify the artist or craftsman from indicators in the artifact.

3. The author of Hebrews (and other documents) must be deduced from the writing itself.

4. Whose work is salvation? Ours? God’s?

5. God is the artist of salvation.

6. Proposition: "Make sure that you are resting on God’s work in your life to save you."

7. What are the indicators that God is the artist of salvation? This passage gives 3: Salvation’s Continuity, Salvation’s Community, and Salvation’s Completion.

I. Salvation’s Continuity – 1.6

A. The Saints’ Conception – 1.3-5 “I thank my God in all

my remembrance of you, always offering prayer with joy in my

every prayer for you all in view of [for] your participation

(partnership/fellowship) in the gospel from the first day until


B. The Apostle’s Confidence – 1.6 “For I am confident (a settled

persuasion) of this very thing”

C. The Savior’s Competence – 1.6 “He who began a good work in you

will perfect it (complete or finish it) until the day of Christ Jesus.”

II. Salvation’s Community: 1.7-8

This Community is expressed as…

A. A Common Kinship – 1.7a “…it is only right (righteous) for me

to feel this way about you all, because I have you in my heart

(thoughts and feelings), since both in my imprisonment”

Quote: Rudyard Kipling; a family is a place where “all of us are

‘we’ and all of them are ‘they’”.

B. A Christian Mission - 1.7b “and in the defense (apologia) and

confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers (co-partakers) of

grace with me.”

C. A Christ-like Affection – 1.8 “For God is my

witness (martus), how I long (intense craving) for you all with the

affection (lit. intestines “inward affection and mercy”) of Christ


III. Salvation’s Completion – 1.9-11

A. A Maturity of Mind – 1.9-10a “And this I pray,

that your love (agape) may abound (to “superabound” or be

excessive) still more and more in…”

(1) “real knowledge..” (full knowledge gained by experience)

(2) “and all discernment” (sensitive moral perception)

(3) “so that you may approve (test and approve – “final

exam”) the things that are excellent” (the finer points)

Ill. Love/agape” Chuck Swindoll: Maybe you heard about the guy who fell in love with an opera singer. He hardly knew her, since his only view of the singer was through binoculars - from the third balcony. He was convinced he could live “happily ever after” married to a voice like that. He scarcely noticed that she was considerably older than he. Nor did he care that she walked with a limp. Her mezzo-soprano voice would take them through whatever might come. After a whirlwind romance and a hurry-up ceremony, they were off for their honeymoon.

She began to prepare for their first night together. As he watched, his chin dropped to his chest. She plucked out her glass eye and plopped it into a container on the night-stand. She pulled off her wig, ripped off her false eyelashes, yanked out her dentures, unstrapped her artificial leg, and smiled at him as she slipped off her glasses that hid her hearing aid. Stunned and horrified, he gasped, “For goodness sake, woman, sing, sing, SING!”

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