August 3, 2017

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Philippians 1:11Amplified Bible (AMP)

11 filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God [so that His glory may be both revealed and recognized].

Original: δικαιοσύνη
Transliteration: dikaiosunē
Phonetic: dik-ah-yos-oo'-nay
Thayer Definition:
  1. in a broad sense: state of him who is as he ought to be, righteousness, the condition acceptable to God
    1. the doctrine concerning the way in which man may attain a state approved of God
    2. integrity, virtue, purity of life, rightness, correctness of thinking feeling, and acting
  2. in a narrower sense, justice or the virtue which gives each his due
Origin: from G1342
TDNT entry: 05:12,2
Part(s) of speech: Noun Feminine
Strong's Definition: From G1342equity (of character or act); specifically (Christian) justification: - righteousness.
Total KJV Occurrences: 92
righteousness (46)

after righteousness (2)

righteousness' sake (2)

of righteousness (20)

the righteousness (13)

of the righteousness (2)

to righteousness (2)

from righteousness (1)

unto the righteousness (1)

and righteousness (1)

hath righteousness (1)

unto righteousness (1)

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Philippians 1:11:

Not only is the sinner justified through faith in Christ (Philippians 3:9), but “the fruit of righteousness,” or the righteous life that ensues, is also “through Jesus Christ” through the work of His Spirit (Gal. 5:2223), “to the glory and praise of God” the Father. All three Persons of the Godhead are active in the sanctification of believers.                      

King James Study Bible Notes:
  • ⭕ Introduction to the Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Philippians
  • Introduction to the Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Philippians

    Book of Philippians Explained: Authorship: Paul is identified as author at the beginning (1:1; compare verse 23; 4:18), as customarily in his epistle. The testimony of the early church, including such key figures as Irenaeus, Clement of Alexandria, Tertullian, Origen and Eusebius, confirms that the opening claim is genuine.
  • Phil. 1:11This verse could be translated, “Filled with the fruit that is righteousness, which comes through Jesus Christ for the purpose of glorifying and praising God.” The believer who is pure and...  

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Philippians 1:11 "Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God."
This verse could be translated, “Filled with the fruit that is righteousness, which comes through Jesus Christ for the purpose of glorifying and praising God.”
The believer who is pure and without offense before God (verse 10), has divinely developed in him a practical “righteousness”, or daily moral life that measures up to God’s standards in character and conduct. The ultimate purpose for this “righteousness”, is to glorify God.
The fruit of righteousness here means that they will strive to live holy lives. The "fruit of righteousness" is what righteousness produces. That would be a holy life, without spot or wrinkle. Our righteousness is a gift from the Lord Jesus Christ. Our own righteousness without Jesus would be as filthy rags.
We must put on the righteousness of Christ to be acceptable before God. The righteousness that we are clothed with is a garment of white linen washed in the blood of Jesus. Our righteousness received from Jesus glorifies the Father.
Look with me, just how this fruit comes. Look with me and see what Jesus says about the fruit.
John 15:2 "Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every [branch] that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit."
The “purgeth it” (in verse 2), is saying that God removes all thing in the believer’s life what would hinder fruit bearing. I.e., He chastises to cut away sin and hindrances that would drain spiritual life just as the farmer removes anything on the branches that keep them from bearing maximum fruit.
John 15:4-5 "Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me." "I am the vine, ye [are] the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing."
John 15:8 "Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples."

Fruits of righteousness. Textual evidence favors (cf. p. 10) the reading “fruit of righteousness.” Jesus’ standard for testing the character is, “By their fruits ye shall know them” (see on Matt. 7:15-20). God expects more than mere blamelessness; He looks for positive fruitfulness. Righteousness is not simply the absence of sin, but the presence of the righteous character of Christ in the life of the believer (see on Matt. 5:6, 20). All the preceding steps in their experience, for which Paul was praying, would lead the Philippian believers to a demonstration of the actions of the true Christian. They were to be filled with these fruits. Not a branch here and there, but all our branches are to be loaded with good fruit. 

By Jesus Christ. Paul hastens to remind the Philippians that any righteousness they might possess and any good works they might do, could be theirs only through Jesus Christ (cf. on John 15:1-5; Rom. 4:5). Christian fruit bearing depends on the believer’s connection with Christ. The fruit of the life that abides in Jesus is the same as the fruit of Christ’s own life. 

Unto the glory. God’s honor is best promoted by the holy lives of His children (see on John 15:8; 1 Cor. 10:31; Eph. 1:12; 1 Peter 2:12). 

Dictionary of Bible Themes:
  • 2072 Jesus Christ, righteousness of:  Jesus Christ pleased his Father perfectly in his life on earth and in his death. He now gives believers a new status before God and a new power for living.
  • 5904 maturity, spiritual:  The development of Christlike character and behaviour in the Christian through a renewed mind and tested faith.
  • ⭕  7027 church, purpose and mission of:  The church is called to praise and glorify God, to establish Jesus Christ’s kingdom, and to proclaim the gospel throughout the world.
  • ⭕ 8136 knowing God, effects of:  Knowing God has a transforming effect on a person spiritually and morally and makes that person bold in actions for God. Not knowing God in the present will result in dissatisfaction and degeneration into wickedness and in the future will bring eternal alienation from him.
  • ⭕ 8157 righteousness, as faith:  Full faith and trust make a person pleasing in the sight of God.
  • ⭕ 8255 fruit, spiritual:  The spiritual life and growth of believers is likened to a fruit-bearing tree. As the fruit is evidence of the health and vigour of the tree, so the believer’s life, attitudes and behaviour should reflect the presence of the Holy Spirit.
  • ⭕  8281 insight:  The spiritual quality that enables a person to appreciate God’s mind and will in matters of behaviour, truth and providence, especially where right perception is not obvious. Insight is akin to wisdom and understanding. It is given by God and is to be sought by believers.
  • 8348 spiritual growth, nature of:  Having given spiritual life to his people, God expects them to grow to maturity.
  • ⭕ 8440 glorifying God:  The giving of glory to God through acts of praise and obedience. Believers are to glorify God in their lives, as Jesus Christ glorified him in his life.
  • 8602 prayer:  Fellowship with God through Jesus Christ, expressed in adoration, thanksgiving and intercession, through which believers draw near to God and learn more of his will for their lives. Scripture stresses the vital role of the Holy Spirit in stimulating and guiding prayer.
  • ⭕  8619 prayer, in the church:  The prayer life of the NT provides a pattern from which the modern church can learn, both in terms of the importance of prayer, and also matters for prayer.

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