AFTER the salutation, the first thing in the Epistle is a warm utterance of the feelings and the desires which Paul habitually cherishes in relation to his converts at Philippi. This is expressed in Philippians 1:3-11.
HAVING poured out his feelings about those dear friends and children in the Lord at Philippi, the Apostle recognizes corresponding feelings on their part towards him. These. must naturally be feelings of anxiety to know how it was with him in body and spirit and how far he had been protected and sustained amid the dangers and sorrows of a prisoner’s lot.
The eternal silence has been broken. We have a revelation. That God has spoken unto men is the ground of all religion. Theologians often distinguish between natural religion and revealed. We may fairly question if all worship is not based on some revelation of God. Prayer is the echo in man’s spirit of God’s own voice. Men learn to speak to the Father Who is in heaven as children come to utter words: by hearing their parent speak. God speaks first, and prayer answers as well as asks. Men reveal themselves to the God Who has revealed Himself to them.
Joshua 1:6-9 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
6 Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them. 7 Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may have success wherever you go. 8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid, and do not be dismayed, for Jehovah your God is with you wherever you go.”
At Babel, for the first time, humanity introduces corporate idolatry in an attempt to build their own kingdom rather than God’s kingdom. – Kenneth Gangel
In the Garden of Eden, Satan declared that the solution to real freedom is independence from God. What a wicked and atrocious lie that has proved to be! Really, the more humans have ignored the moral and spiritual limits set by God, the more humanity as a whole has suffered. This worsening situation also affects us as Christians. Nevertheless, we have the hope that “the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God..” (Rom. 8:21)