Are you ready to be like him…
Often I see people quote scripture and have a “name it and claim it” view. Promises to some are claimed by others. This in most prevalent in replacement theology, they lost it so know it belongs to us. Church replaces Israel. Interesting problem with that is those promises were were conditional, the Covenant had provisions, God set. So to claim those same promises, even if you could (of which I do not believe you can) you still have the provisions to meet.
I can become a follower of that Covenant, then I can receive the blessings, but I am part of them, not replacing them. Oh and by them we are agreeing that it is Israel.
Ok, so we kind of understand that we can’t replace something or someone just because we “name it and claim it”. So let’s stretch that thinking beyond just the replacement theology of Israel. We have other examples of lives lived and promises made/statements made that are of a specific nature. We are the ones that choose to expand.
In Philippians, Paul is writing to the Community in Philippi. I noticed an interesting point in the first chapter:
That your love might be stretched as you dealt with knowledge and discernment, when examining issues that cause division and to not cause others to stumble along the journey. Gee, that could be a prayer for many communities but is was for them, it can apply to us, but one would have to take into consideration that community would also need to be in the same state as Philippi was, make sense? Just because we have read Philippians does not mean we are where the Philippians were, we need to strive.
So let’s take that another level as well, and let’s take some verses in the last chapter:
Php 4:12 I know what it is to be humbled, and I know what it is to have in excess. In any and every situation I have learned both to be filled, and to be hungry, both to have in excess, and to be in need.
OK, so here is Paul, and in context as we have been keeping, he is talking about himself. He is sharing what he has learned along his salvation journey as he strove to be like the Master. So his words and what he shared applied to him. So like Israel and Philippi, are you willing to be like Paul to receive what was given to Paul? Did you really think that you would be given the same as Paul without the walk that Paul walked?
We want to have the blessings that Paul was given, the empowerment he had, then live the life he lived. If you name it and claim it then you will have to live it too…