Summary: Proposition: We live as God’s ambassadors in a fallen world, and while we are here we must stand together in unity.
Walking In Two Worlds
Text: Phil. 1:27-30
1. Illustration: When you walk in two worlds
Hold your head up high,
When you walk in two worlds
Keep your sights to the sky,
Remember you're in this place
But of another race.
You move to a different pace,
The drumbeat of the sky,
Walking in two worlds.
2. As Christians we live with the great truth that we live in two worlds.
a. We live as a part of our society that is fallen, sinful, and hostile to the God that created us.
b. We also live as citizens of heaven whose real home is with God for eternity, but we live here in this world as His ambassador's.
3. Paul tells us that while we live here we are to...
a. Stand Together
b. Fight Together
c. In This Together
4. Let's stand together as we read Phil. 1:27-30
Proposition: We live as God’s ambassadors in a fallen world, and while we are here we must stand together in unity.
Transition: First, Paul tells us to...
I. Stand Together (27).
A. Standing Side By Side
1. If you've ever been to a foreign country you are familiar with the idea that everybody is watching you.
a. It's like everyone knows you're an American, and you feel out of place.
b. That is very similar to what it's like being a Christian.
2. It is because of this sense that everyone is watching that Paul tells the Philippian's, "Above all, you must live as citizens of heaven, conducting yourselves in a manner worthy of the Good News about Christ."
a. Paul is making a word play on the fact that they live in two worlds.
b. They are citizens of Rome by virtue of the fact that they are live in Philippi.
c. This was something they were very proud of and it afforded them privileged status as a Roman colony granted them by Augustus Caesar.
d. But on the other hand they were citizens of Heaven.
e. What he is saying here is live where you're at by to do it in a manner worthy as a citizen of Heaven. In common terms we are to "represent."
f. What Paul had prayed for them in vv. 9-11, he is now insisting that they put into practice.
g. What Paul is referring to here is the ethical content of the gospel.
h. There is more to the Christian life than being saved; we have to live it out on a daily basis (Fee, 161-162).
3. Then Paul talks about standing together. He says, "Then, whether I come and see you again or only hear about you, I will know that you are standing side by side..."
a. The phrase "standing side by side" is more literally translated "standing in one Spirit."
b. While most English translations render this spirit as in the human spirit, it should be more appropriately translated Spirit as in the Holy Spirit.
c. "Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel" (NIV 2011).
d. First, because there was no precedence in Greek literature for it to be used that way.
e. Second, Paul uses the same language is several of his other letters as "in one Spirit" (meaning the Holy Spirit).