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In Philippians 2:14, the apostle Paul says, “Do all things without murmuring and reasoning.” This is a very small verse that many of us pass over…maybe even take for granted. But in today’s life-study from the book of Philippians, we’re going to focus on how it affects our obedience…to work out our salvation…to live Christ…to express Christ and to hold forth Christ.
These are two little annoying things (murmuring and reasoning)…always troubling us in our daily life to undermine the real experience and enjoyment of the Lord.
In verse 12 is to work out the salvation. Then in verse 13, it is God who operates in us that we may work out the salvation. Now in verse 14, the apostles writing is very practical. He only mentions 2 things in a negative way. Murmurings is something always out of our emotions; and reasonings is something out of our mind. So Paul says do all things without murmurings and reasonings.
By the context, you could see that if we murmur or we reason this surely means we do not obey. Obedience to God kills all the murmurings and reasonings. And these two things could only be transformed by obeying the God who operates in us. Salvation is God, and the working out of the salvation is our obeying. Obeying what? Obeying whom? Obey the very operating God. God is our salvation, and our obeying of God is working out of salvation.
If we do obey God, this obeying will kill ALL murmurings and ALL reasonings. When you sisters murmur, you do realize that you are disobedient to the inner working God. And with us, the brothers, we also have the full realization whenever we reason with the brothers, we have the deep conviction that we are just rebellious. Not rebellious to the brothers to whom (or with whom) we reason. But rebellious to the inner working God.
So just by one thing, we kill these two gophers…and this one thing is just obedience to God. By this you can see, Paul…his consideration is altogether not doctrinal. His consideration is altogether experiential. Because murmurings and reasonings are too crucial in our Christian life.
The satanic life which we received by the fall really expresses itself by murmuring and reasoning. Somebody who’s really enjoying Christ and really experiencing Christ…you never hear murmuring and reasoning. For sure, those murmurings and reasonings are the expression of the satanic rebellious life and nature. But there is one life…that is the life which is Christ Himself…which in this chapter it is presented as the inner operating God. That life has no murmurings and no reasonings in it.
When we go along with that life, even our murmurings and reasonings get killed. Our obedience to the Lord is really the poison to these two gophers of murmuring and reasoning. On one hand, God Himself is our salvation. Philippians is really a book of salvation; almost every chapter, salvation is brought out.
But the working out of the salvation (as is mentioned here in Phil 2) is by obeying the inner operating God. This is the key…and this is the secret to really living a life apart from murmurings and reasonings. And even putting murmurings and reasonings to death…that is to the death of the cross. We really see Christ as our pattern earlier in this chapter, and now that pattern is in us.
As we go along with that pattern, we live out a life that doesn’t display murmurings and reasonings…but rather glorifies and expresses God. And even…as we shall see…shines forth God and holds forth God as life…expressing Him.
Obedience is better than sacrifice. Obedience is a big secret to enjoying the inner operating God and to be a person who lives Christ and expresses Christ and magnifies Christ. So the real need is for us to obey the inner operating God. Even as we would just open to Him and turn to Him and be one with Him, we can even partake of His perfect and complete obedience. Then we really enjoy a life that doesn’t murmur or reason but expresses God under all circumstances.
Hallelujah for such a life!