"Let us walk by the same rule..."
Text: Philippians 3:16
A GENTLE WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT
Paul continued to encourage and exhort the Philippians with this word.
“Nevertheless, to the degree that we have already attained,
let us walk by the same rule, let us be of the same mind.”
VARYING DEGREES OF SPIRITUAL MATURITY
1. This is to be expected.
2. The apostle John listed three categories in his first general epistle.
a) Little children 1 John 2:12
b) Young men 1 John 2:13
c) Fathers 1 John 2:13
ACKNOWLEDGING THAT NOT ALL WOULD HAVE THE SAME MATURITY
Paul did not come up with the same list as John. However in his pastoral epistles he did acknowledge the following:-
1. The apostles (like Paul)
2. The leaders of the church (pastors/ deacons)
3. Mature believers who may not have any specific leadership roles
Paul’s word of encouragement was correctly put.