I. Your Memory brings sweet joy. Vs-3
II. I am compelled to think of and pray for your needs. Vs.-4
III. I praise God for your fellowship. Vs.-5
Sharing things in common with others. In the New Testament, fellowship has a distinctly spiritual meaning.
Believers have fellowship with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (John 17:21-26; Phil 2:1; 1 John 1:3), as well as with other believers (Acts 2:42; 1 John 1:3,7). The only reason why we dare to have fellowship with God, in the sense of sharing things in common with Him, is that He has raised our status through the death and resurrection of Christ (Eph 2:4-7). What believer’s share in common with God is a relationship as well as God’s own holy character (1 Peter 1:15). Those who have fellowship with Christ should enjoy fellowship with other believers. This fellowship ought to illustrate the very nature of God Himself (John 13:35; Eph 5:1-2; 1 John 1:5-10)
Thus Paul is Praising God for their fellowship :
A. In the defense of the Gospel.
B. The conformation of the Gospel.
In Vs. 8 Paul declares: I long after you….Because of my great love for you.
The work of LOVE.
I. Vs.9 Abounding LOVE.
II. Vs. 10 Approving LOVE.
III. Vs. 10 Discerning LOVE.
IV. Vs. 10 Sincere LOVE.
V. Vs.11 Fruitful LOVE.
VI. Vs. 12 Enlightened LOVE.
VII. Vs. 13 Unbound LOVE.
VIII. Vs. 14 Bold LOVE.
IX. Vs.14 Confident L:OVE.
The work of the Adversary.
I. Vs. 15 Contention, Envy, Strife.
II. Vs. 16 Affliction.
III. Vs.18 Pretense.(Cloak)
Victory and rejoicing even in adversity.
18-b The rejoicing of the Gospel.
The Supply of LOVE
I. Vs.19 Love’s Prayer.
II. Vs. 20 Love’s Expectation.
III. Vs. 20 Love’s Assurance.
IV. Vs. 20 Love’s Work magnified.
V. Vs. 21 Love’s Commitment.
VI. Vs. 22 Love’s Fruit.
VII. Vs. 21-22 Love’s Drive.
VIII. Vs. 23 Love’s Desire.
IX. Vs. 25-26 Love’s Development.
X. Vs. Vs. 27 Love’s Conversation.
XI. Vs. 28 Love’s Testimony.
XII. Vs. Love’s Privlege.