Abounding in Full Experiential Knowledge and Discernment

1Paul and Timothy, servants belonging to Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus, the ones in Philippi, with the Bishops and Deacons. 2Grace is to you and peace from God our Father and Lord Jesus Christ. 3I thank God upon all the remembrances of you, 4always in all my supplication on behalf of all of you, I am making, generally associated with joy, the previously mentioned supplication, 5on the basis of your fellowship in the Gospel from the first day until now. 6I am in a state of having been persuaded of this same thing, that the one having began in you a beneficial work will bring it to its intended end right up until the day of Jesus Christ. 7Just as it is right for me to think this concerning all of you, because I have you in my heart; in both my bonds and in the defense and confirmation of the Gospel, all of you being my partners of the Grace.8For God is my witness, as I long for all of you with the compassions of Christ Jesus. 9And this is my communication of worship, in order that your love yet more and more should abound in full experiential knowledge and all discernment, 10for the purpose that you approve the things that differ, in order that you all are sincere and do not cause offense unto the day of Christ, 11having been filled up concerning the fruit of righteousness, the one through Jesus Christ, unto an expression of a proper opinion and praise concerning God.

Paul’s communication with the Father is for the saints continued growth in love that will about in full experiential knowledge and discernment. He is not just asking that the saints have the knowledge to discern the things that differ, but to have experience to the point of fully knowing how to properly examine things and know if they are good – their appearance is good- or lack in character. Discernment is only used one other place in Scripture. In Hebrews 5:14, those who are mature are able to correctly use discernment to identify when something is appropriate for them to be involved with or leads to an expression that lacks in who they are in Christ when they put it to the test to see what is good in it.

With a full experiential knowledge and discernment of what it good and evil, we can properly manifest a character that is serious about who we are in Christ and examines all things to see what differs; therefore choosing the better or more excellent option by which we manifest a correct opinion of God and bring praise – the fruit of our lips confessing His character – to Him.

Hebrews 13:15 therefore through Him let us through all offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips confessing His name.

Hebrews 5:14 and solid food is pertaining to the mature, the ones through practice have their senses trained facing discernment of good – in appearance- and evil – lacking in character

 

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