* "Kendall K. Down" <t6f5nn$ehp$1 @dont-email.me
Wrote on Mon, 23 May 2022 06:23:03 +0100:
> On 23/05/2022 03:59, Madhu wrote:
>> Another problem is that unanswered, no, and not yet are not always
>> distinguishable unless God makes it plain. If God goes silent, which is
>> it? (the urim and thummin often went silent)
> That is very true. I suppose someone might claim that the Holy Spirit
> will make it plain which is the correct option, but I am not convinced
> that is always the case. The answer, I suppose, is to trust God that
> He will always do what is best.
No doubt, but when he says follow me, it seems to be a call to some
definite action. I'm still on the task of looking through a commentary
or two. the immediate context is (3:12-3:17) is variously captioned as
"Warning against Antinomiansim" or "Perfection and Humility", or
"Practical Theology". The verses describe the "how", Paul's
circumstances and the direction of his response, but I think Paul's call
is for "What". (Don't mind me, I'm just not satisfied with the
explanations I've seen)
Philippians is listed as the best NT church. No known false doctrines,
no known heresies, sure the judaisers and antinomians are but a threat
to guard against in the future, Paul has no absolutely complaints to
bring against the congregation or pull them up for anything. He No need
to exercise apostilic authority (I am an apostle) but just engage in
friendship and fellowship, and they in all likelihood emulated him. The
ideal congregation. And it vanished without a trace! Perhaps even
before 67 AD?
"Born into the world with the brightest promise, the Church of Philippi
has lived without a history and perished without a memorial "
If I fall back on Eastern thought I'd think they did reach perfection,
with which comes cessation.