Weekly Pursuit – Week 3 of April

Apr 23, 2019 by

Verses:

Phil. 1:19 “For I know that for me this will turn out to salvation through your petition and the bountiful supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ.”

 

Excerpts:

[In Philippians 1:19] the phrase your petition indicates the supply of the Body. Apparently Paul was in prison; actually he was in the Body. Imprisonment did not isolate him from the Body or cut him off from the supply of the Body. Paul had the clear sense within that he was in the Body and that the members of the Body were supplying him, supporting him, and standing with him.

 

In 1:19 Paul speaks first of the saints’ petition, then of the bountiful supply of the Spirit. The reason Paul speaks of the supply of the Body before the bountiful supply of the Spirit is that the Spirit is upon the Body. Psalm 133 illustrates this: the ointment poured upon Aaron’s head flowed down to the body. This portrays the fact that the ointment, the bountiful supply of the compound Spirit, is upon the Body.

 

According to Exodus 30, the compound ointment was for the anointing of the tabernacle and the priests. Paul lived in the Body. Paul also shared in the priesthood. Because he was in the Body, the tabernacle, and because he was part of the priesthood, God’s service, he was in a proper position to receive the flow of the ointment which is upon the Body. If we are one with the church and stay in the priestly service, we enjoy the rich anointing of the all-inclusive Spirit. Even a little praying or calling on the name of the Lord, perhaps simply saying Amen, causes us to enjoy this anointing. (Life-study of Philippians, msg. 5)

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