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Philippians 3

3:1 Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not grievous, but for you it is safe. 2 Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision.

Unlike here in the USA dogs were not considered lovely pets. To be called a dog was an insult. Dogs were way down in the order of animals. It would be more like if someone was to call someone else a dirty dog. Here they are being compared to evil workers.

This is the marginal for the word concision from the Companion Bible:

"The Verb katattemno occ. in the Sept. of heathen mutilation. Lev. 21:5, 1 Kings 18:28. Paul regards the circumcision of the Judaizers as a mere ordinance, no better than a heathen one Cp. Romans 2:25-29, 1 Cor. 7:19, Gal.5:6,6:15"

1 Kings 18:27,28
27 At noon Elijah began to taunt them. “Shout louder!” he said. “Surely he is a god! Perhaps he is deep in thought, or busy, or traveling. Maybe he is sleeping and must be awakened.”28 So they shouted louder and slashed…

Philippians 2

Philippians 2:1 If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,

So right off I see a problem because of the word therefore. 

Therefore is a conjunction tying what was said in the last few verses of chapter 1 into the context of chapter 2. The end of chapter 1 was talking about how we should behave and what we can expect to see happening because we have taken a stand for Christ. This first verse also divides right in the middle of a thought. Mind you I am not saying God did it wrong just whoever divided this book into chapters and verses. If you ever needed proof that there is no divine authority behind chapters and verses all you need to do is look here in Philippians to see how poorly it was done.

Philippians 2:1 If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,
2 Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same lo…

Philippians 1

Video Teaching

I want to take a look at the book of Philippians. Now we will tackle it one chapter at a time. I do not claim that I know everything there is to know about this epistle but I will be sharing what I know about it.
The first thing we need to remember is that no prophecy of the scriptures is of any private interpretation. We also know that one of the things that scripture is good for is reproof according to 2 Timothy 3:16. When you read the Pauline Epistles you need to keep in mind which ones are doctrine, which are reproof and which are correction. So as we tackle Philippians it is good to remember that it is a reproof epistle. I also believe we need to look at it as a whole and remember there is a context to all these verse we love to quote they help to form an overall picture. No verse should be cheery picked to try and make the word say something it does not say. A great example is Philippians 4:13 I can do all things. That does not mean you can walk off the side of a …