14) Do all things without murmurings and arguings: 15) that you may be blameless and
harmless, the children of God, without rebuke, in the middle of a crooked nation even having
been perverted, among whom you shine as lights in the world; 16) holding forth the word of
life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither labored in vain.
Having encouraged the Philippians to cultivate their hearts to prepare for their salvation, Paul
speaks of how they were to conduct themselves performing the good works God wished for
them to perform.
They were not to murmur nor argue among themselves. They were not to have those quiet
complaints which would ferment in their circulation from person to person, poisoning the church
and each individual it contaminates. Nor were they to have those loud and obnoxious
wranglings with each other which almost immediately create fissures in the church and ill
feelings among members individually.
They were to be blameless and harmless. That is what they should be as the children of God: a
shining light in the midst of a dark and perverse world that holds out the gospel to show the way
in both word and deed.
Freedom from the quiet complaints of murmuring and the outright wrangling of arguing would
allow them to be blameless and harmless. Their conduct would be such that no one could hold
out a reason for their punishment before God, and their minds would be free from the poison
and impurities that the jealousy, envy and factiousness of arguing would engender. No one
would have any reason to rebuke them for their conduct.
They would establish themselves in word and deed as the children of God, even though they
lived in a world, nation and among a generation that was characterized by its crookedness and
perversity. The children of God do not live separate from the world, but in the world. They do not,
however, live as does the world. They thus stand out because of the difference of their speech
and conduct. They are guided by the words of life, the gospel, the doctrine of Christ, the New
Testament. The difference between the children of God and the world, is the difference between
daylight and dark. They shine in their righteousness. They shine in their holiness. They shine
as a reflection of the Light of the world: He Who created light.
This conduct would thus validate Paul's work in the judgment day. It would show that he had not
done all of this for nothing: there was a result from his work.