A Short Study of Philippians 4:8

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
(Philippians 4:8)

Brethren, give yourselves to meditate on these things of the gospel of Jesus Christ. As Paul says in other scripture, “Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.” (1st Timothy 4:15). Take note of these eight words that describe the gospel.

  • 1). The gospel of Christ is unquestionably “true”. In the word of the gospel we have the truth declared about sin (Romans 3:9-23); the truth declared about salvation (2nd Timothy 1:9; Acts 4:12); the truth declared about God (Romans 3:4; Isaiah 45:21-22). Our Lord said it is the truth that sets sinners free (John 8:32).
  • 2). The gospel of Christ is indisputably “honest” or honorable. When God justifies a sinner through the blood atonement of Jesus Christ (1st John 4:10), God always justifies the ungodly in His described way that honors His holy law and satisfies His righteous justice (Isaiah 42:21; 1st Peter 1:18-20).
  • 3). The gospel of Christ is undeniably “just” or righteous. The question of all questions is, how can God be just and justify the ungodly? The only right answer is found in the gospel of grace (Romans 3:24-26). It is only revealed in the gospel how God can show mercy not at the expense of His holy justice (Psalm 85:10; Isaiah 45:20-22).
  • 4). The gospel of Christ is irrefutably “pure” or perfect. Nothing but the blood of Christ can cleanse us from all sin (1st John 1:7). Jesus Christ alone, by Himself purged us from our all our sin (Hebrews 1:3).
  • 5). The gospel of Christ is incontestably “lovely”. To you who believe Jesus Christ is most precious (1st Peter 2:7); He is altogether lovely (Song of Solomon 5:16). We love Him only because He first loved us (1st John 4:19).
  • 6). The gospel of Christ is obviously a “good report”, or good news. The gospel is the power of God unto salvation to every one that will believe it (Romans 1:16). Christ died for the ungodly (Romans 5:6). God justifies the ungodly (Romans 4:5). Jesus Christ came to save sinners (Matthew 9:13).
  • 7). The gospel of Christ is definitely a “virtue” or excellent. Christ completely provides for all His church everything that God demands (Philippians 4:19; Colossians 2:9-10).
  • 8). The gospel of Christ is absolutely worthy of all our “praise” and glory to God alone (Revelation 5:9-14; Psalm 115:1 Galatians 6:14).

T. Harding

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