I figured starting with the central verse makes sense. Have you ever heard of how to identify a counterfeit? Study and know the real one, the standard. Don’t study the fakes, study the real thing so well the fakes will be obvious.
So I strongly encourage you to, pause, reading this post to read Philippians 4:1-9.
You are back. But did you read the passage? Really, please stop and ready the passage if you didn’t, it is way more important than this post.
What an amazing list of encouragements. Maybe in future posts I will take on each phrase starting from verse one, one-by-one. Back to verse 8 for now.
Ok, so this will have to be a few posts. My guess is it needs to be the next eight or more. The alternative is to put up with a very long post. There are eight concepts Paul challenges us to dwell upon. One phrase or vague summary will not do justice to these concepts.
There are too many questions to answer in one post. What is truth? What does honorable really mean? “Just” what? (Attempt at a joke.) Is there anything truly pure? How is lovely different than beautiful? Is that recommendable or commendable? Is this a rhetorical question about moral excellence? “Any praise – huh?
We can’t dwell on things we don’t understand. In the last few years I have learned there is a big difference between recognizing something and being able to define it well. I believe few reading this post would say they have no idea what is true. But what is true? How would you explain it to someone who believes truth is relative? What did Paul mean by what is true? What is the root meaning of the word in the original language?
I hope you are just as excited as am I to be digging deeply into each amazing detail of how we are to dwell, focus our attention. Jeremiah 29:13, Matthew 7:7, and John 8:32 come to mind as we continue this journey.
By the way; 1. I am just taking this one post at a time as you can tell, 2. I will be doing most of my Bible study with the Holman Christians Standard Version, but not limited to this version, and as much as possible the original Greek, 3. I am not a Greek scholar to say the least.
Heavenly Father, how am I “dwelling” today?