That which is included in our passage of the day must be taken into account. We must reckon with it – inwardly. It must occupy our thinking.

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 Philippians 4:8

  • Today we’re going to talk about our thinking
  • The word we find in the passage is “logizomai”
  • It means to reckon, to count, to compute – to take into account
  • This word deals with reality
  • If I reckon that my bank account has $25 in it
  • The it has $25 in it
  • Otherwise, I am deceiving myself
  • This word refers more to fact than supposition or opinion
  • Our theme “Thinking” from Philippians 4:8 today
  • The word for “think” that we find in our first verse of the day
  • Appears 41 times in the New Testament
  • It’s translated “think” 9 times
  • “Impute” 8
  • “Reckon” 6
  • “Count” 5
  • “Account” 4
  • “Suppose” twice
  • And “reason” and “number” once
  • It is the word found in Mark 15:28 regarding Jesus…

“And the scripture was fulfilled, which saith, And he was numbered with the transgressors. “

  • When Jesus was crucified
  • He was thought to be, reckoned to be
  • One of the transgressors
  • And was indeed included among them
  • That which is included in our passage of the day must be taken into account
  • We must reckon with it – inwardly
  • Our job is to deliberate upon it
  • It is to occupy our thinking
  • Let’s read…

Philippians 4:8

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. 

  • Let’s start with the word true
  • For we are to think upon that which is true
  • This is loving the truth
  • Speaking the truth
  • And being truthful
  • This word is found elsewhere in the New Testament in John 4:16-19

16  Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither. 

17  The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband: 

18  For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly.

  • The word that ends the passage “truly” is the same word
  • Jesus has touched on a deep reality in her life
  • Not that which appears to be true
  • Not that which the world would have us believe is true
  • Not even that which we would tell ourselves is true
  • But that which is indeed true (good, bad, or ugly)
  • The next word: honest
  • This means “venerable”
  • To be venerated for character
  • Honourable
  • Three times this word is translated “grave”
  • The word is listed in our qualifications for a deacon
  • These men are to be “grave”
  • Or to be regarded for the sake of their character
  • Think also upon that which is “just”
  • This is something righteous, which observes divine law
  • It is translated righteous or just 81 times in the New Testament
  • The first time we see it: Matthew 1:18-19
  • And it provides a vivid picture…

18  Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. 

19  Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily.

  • No matter the embarrassment, or the hurt, or the pain
  • Whether he understood or not
  • Joseph was just
  • He refused to make her a public example
  • He was righteous
  • He observed divine law
  • Think on that which is “pure”
  • This is purity from carnality
  • Chaste
  • Pure from every fault
  • Immaculate
  • Clean
  • This is character that is free from the pollution of the world
  • We see it in Titus 2:3-5, translated chaste

3  The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; 

4  That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, 

5  To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. 

  • This kind of purity glorifies God
  • Doesn’t allow for accusation against Him for our sake
  • We should also think on that which is “lovely”
  • This is acceptable, pleasing
  • This particular word is used only once in the New Testament
  • These are the things that are genuinely lovely
  • Also, that which is “of good report”
  • Or worth talking about
  • This word, also used just once in the New Testament
  • Other translations render it reputable or commendable
  • What are we to reckon with?
  • To deliberate upon?
  • What should occupy our minds?
  • That which is true, honest, just, pure, lovely, and of good report
  • Our thoughts should be in direct opposition
  • In pure contrast to the thinking of the world
  • If there be any “virtue” or moral excellence
  • If there be any “praise” or commendation
  • Think on these things
  • This kind of thinking can only be shaped by the word of God
  • It is distinct from the world

Psalm 19:7-10

7  The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. 

8  The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. 

9  The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. 

10  More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. 

  • His law is perfect
  • It has a deep, profound, and permanent effect
  • His testimonies are certain, without doubt
  • Bringing wisdom to those who had no wisdom
  • Who, in and of themselves, were simple
  • Perhaps even foolish
  • Everything He says is right
  • And cannot be wrong
  • It makes the heart rejoice
  • It is pure
  • And provides enlightenment in a world that is desperately dark
  • If we read it, with the proper reverence for Him
  • A clear view of who He is
  • We come to see that what He says is enduring
  • Nothing will erase it for all eternity
  • It is very truth
  • Completely right
  • Its value is greater than all riches in this world
  • The taste of it sweet, to those who will but taste
  • How can we think upon that which is true, honest, just, pure, lovely, and of good report
  • Think on that which God says
  • Reckon with it

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