Adveniat Regnum = Walking the Walk
Adveniat Regnum = Kingdom Come in Latin
PART FOUR OF SIX
“Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us. For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things” (Philippians 3:17-19).
The third point this week is How to Walk the Walk.
We see a good example of how to walk the walk in verse 17. We see bad examples or how not to walk the walk in verses 18 and 19.
John MacArthur said, “Since all believers are imperfect, they need examples of less imperfect people who know how to deal with imperfection and who can model the process of pursuing the goal of Christlikeness. Paul was that model.”
Paul was not perfect and certainly did not think himself so. In fact, he called himself the “chief of sinners.” When Paul says “imitate me as I imitate Christ,” he is saying, in effect, “Hey, I am messed up and imperfect just like you, but I know this one thing; how to surrender my life to pursue Christ.”
He says to us, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” This is not a self-help mantra. It is a declaration that I can be content at whatever is thrown at me because my foundation is built on the Rock and I know the battle has already been won.
Paul is saying I can be content even sitting in a Roman prison because my joy is not found in the circumstances of this life but in Christ’s redeeming work on the cross.
Paul was in jail but he was totally free. I want to tell you something….there are people on death row more free than some “free” in the world today, but it does not have to be that way. You only have to look at Paul and his example of how to walk the walk.
In verses 18 and 19 Paul shows the bad example of how to walk the walk. One main group Paul is talking about is false teachers. But the enemies of the cross he talks about with great sadness are many in Philippi who walked in a manner contrary to his teaching, enemies of the biblical truth of atonement Jesus made for us on the cross and its ongoing effect in our life. These people would not follow Jesus by taking up their cross through self-denial. These are people who did not claim to oppose Christ, but they did not pursue Him or being like Him. Apparently they appeared to be friends of Christ and had even reached positions of leadership in the church.
Unfortunately, we have to include our old friend Clarence (https://wordpress.com/block-editor/post/cotidie.blog/576) in this group as one who was saved so “as by fire” and did not pursue Christlikeness.
We have a good example of how to walk the walk in Paul and a bad example in Clarence. Who do we want to imitate? I remember hearing a quote; I believe it was said by Abraham Lincoln, “I learn something from everyone I meet. Most of it is what not to do.”
We must learn from Paul what to do and from Clarence what not to do. Walking the walk means you just might be someone “less imperfect” for someone “more imperfect” to follow.
Just for today, walk the walk.
Tune in tomorrow for Part Five…..