God Finishes What He Begins

Philippians 1:6

God didn’t get his people part way out of Egypt or halfway through the Red Sea. In this lab, Pastor John reminds us that our God completes what he begins.

Principle for Bible Reading


One helpful way to read the Bible is to cross-reference words and phrases that someone has said elsewhere, especially if it’s by the same author. In fact, the apostle Paul makes references to previous statements he wrote that can shed more light on a passage.

For example, he says, “I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6).

What does the phrase “work in you” mean exactly? He gives us a clue in the next chapter: “Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure” (Philippians 2:12–13).

When we cross-reference these texts, we can learn that God does a miraculous work in us in order that we may please him with our lives until the day of Jesus Christ.

Most Study Bibles have cross-references that connect you to other texts in the Bible that relate in some way to that text. Whether connected thematically or by a common phrase, cross-referencing enhances our study when we take the time to look up the verses.

Study Questions

  1. What hope do you have that you will wake up a Christian tomorrow? In ten years?
  2. Read Philippians 1:6. What reason does Paul give for why he believes the Philippians will finish the race to the end?
  3. How does the knowledge that God will finish his work in you encourage you to persevere this week?