Saturday, February 20, 2010
More Motyer, now on Philippians 1:9
Philippians 1:9 And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment...
With every new expositional sermon series I preach, I gravitate toward certain commentaries in my preparation. I have just begun preaching through Philippians but have already thoroughly appreciated and enjoyed Alec Motyer's comments on this letter of Paul.
Motyer, is an able bible scholar, though he denies it. "I'm not really a scholar," he says. "I'm just a man who loves the Word of God" (this is from a nice article about him by Banner of Truth). More specifically, Moyter is an Anglican. It has been noted by one of his friends that most orthodox American Anglicans might regard the Catholics as their nearest denominational neighbors, for Motyer it is Presbyterians of a more conservative color (like me). He is very much a product of the definitely Reformational Church of Ireland in which he was reared-in many ways a modern Puritan. Motyer is strongly and wonderfully aligned with J.I. Packer and John Stott as well.
Commenting on Philippians 1, after noting the sovereign work of God to justify and sanctify us, he comes to verse 9 and comments-
“The remainder of our earthly life is an outworking of what God has already ‘in-worked’. We are called to become what we are. This is the mighty imperative of Christian ethics. Every other ethical system calls us to the costly effort of becoming what we are not. But in the full salvation already bequeathed to us in Christ, the new nature is already ours, waiting for expression, poised for growth, until its potential is triggered by our obedience to the word of God. For the Philippians the special and immediate line of obedience, as Paul discerned it, was love.”