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Philippians 2:16-18

The Apostle’s Great Joy

Joy in “the Work”
God delights in the work of His hands and so should we. This
applies to His work of creation and providence but to the work
of redemption as well. Salvation is the context of our text and
work is an operative word in the plan of salvation. God did the
work of saving us through the substitutionary sacrifice of Jesus
Christ. The saints are told to work out their salvation with fear
and trembling. And the Apostle Paul’s “work” is to bring the
message of salvation to sinners and to instruct saints how to live
the Christian life. His labor in the Gospel is his love and his
passion, and his life is spent on it. So when he sees the fruit of His
ministry he can legitimately rejoice along with God in it. Paul is in
tune with the “sentiment” of God when it comes to salvation –
the Lord rejoices in it and so does he. The apostle invites
believers to rejoice too. We too should rejoice in God’s great
work of salvation – certainly for our own – and also in other’s
who have come from death to life through Jesus.
Revelation 7:9-12
I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could
number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and
languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb,
clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and
crying out with a loud voice,
“Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne,
and to the Lamb!”
And all the angels were standing around the throne and
around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on
their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying,
“Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom
and thanksgiving and honor and power and might
be to our God forever and ever! Amen.”