The Epistle of Paul to the Philippians
This is a verse by verse study on the Epistle of Paul to the Philippians.
This epistle is written by Paul from Rome when he was in prison there and about 64 AD he wrote this epistle to the saints in Philippi. It was during his first prisonment because Paul had appealed to the Emperor in Rome because he preached the Gospel of the Grace of God Acts 20;24 and because of the hope of the resurrection. For this reason he was in prison. Paul received the Gospel of the Grace of God from the risen Lord from heaven and this was with progressive revelations. He proclaimed this to this world so everyone could hear it who he met Acts 9:15, Romans 16:25, Galatians 1:11-12: But I cerfify you, brethren, that the Gospel which was preached of me is not after man. For I neither received is of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.
When paul wrote this epistle he was a ambassodor in bonds. The the saints of Ephesus he wrote in Ephesians 6:20:For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
The epistle to the Philippian saints is about the same time as the epistle to the Ephesian saints written and the epistle tot the Colossian saints.
Paul visit Philippi two times. The first time when he visit Philippi was with Silas. We can read this in Acts 16:11-40. In Acts 16 verse 9 we read that Paul saw in a vision an Macedonian man and this man prayed him syaing come over into Macedonia, and help us. Paul and Silas went to Macedonia and at Philippi they spoke first to the women who were together in prayer and spoke to them. They spoke also to Lydia the seller of purple and she invited Paul and Silas in her house. Probably the church at Philippi began there in that house. As a result of the rubbing of an evil spirit of a maidservant Paul and Silas were beaten and put in prison. Despite the ignominious treatment prayed Paul and Silas and sang songs till glory unto God and fellow prisoners heard them. shortly after this was an earthquake and all the dungeons opened and the chains fell from all the prisoners. When the jailor saw this he would have killed himself because he thought that everyone was away of the prisoners. But Paul and Silas called this man and said to him that he had not to harm himself.
Desperately, the jailer asks what he must do to receive eternal life. The answer of Paul and Silas is: Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved Acts 16:30 and 31. The next day Paul and Silas left Philippi but first they visit Lydia and the brethren and comforted them and departed from there. The second time Paul visit Philippi we can read in Acts 20 verses 1-6. Read this for yourself
Theme of this Epistle
The epistle to the Philippians is an answer from the apostle Paul on love prove from the church at Philippi which was given through Epaphroditis to him in his priosonment. Read Philippians 4 verses 10 -18. He had goods from them received. Paul send Epaphras back to the saints in Philippi so that they might see him and they would rejoice again and that the Gospel of the Grace of God would be preached in the local church. Epafras had been very ill near death but God had had taken care of him and he had gotten better. In this epistle the apostle Paul warned the saints at the risk of division. and reminds people of their way how to walk as believes with God through our Lord Jesus Christhoe te wandelen and houw to deal with each other as members of the Body of Christ. .
The place Philippi
The Name is from Philip, the father of Alexander the Great. Philippi was in an area of gold and silvermines. This gave the importance of this city. Also was the main road from Asia to Europe. This road walked through or past Philippi. Ceasar August, the Roman Ceasar made of Philippi a Colony. A lot of Romans lived in Philippi and mingled with Greek Macedonian people who lived there already. The inhabitans of Philippi called themselves Romans but in daily life they spoke Greek. Some Jews lived in Philippi. A synagoge was not there because it was a Military colonoy but there was a place to pray outside the walls near the river Gangites Acts 16 verse 13.
The church at Philippi
We have already read above that the church at Philippi began in the house of Lydia, the Zoals we al hebben kunnen lezen hierboven begon de gemeente in het huis van Lydia, the seller of purple.. Lydia was the first who believed in the Lord Jesus Christ there and the contact what the apostle Paul had with this church was very good. We can read this in Philippians 1: 3-9. They were the only church which helped Paul when he was in prison and send him things as goods. We read this in Philippians 4:15 en 16. When Paul wrote this epistle to this church they were an organized group of people who had elders and deacons and helpers.
The Epistle as content
Greetings: Grace be with you and peace.......Chapter 1:1-2
Paul's concern about the believers at Philippi Chapter 1: 3-26
Admonishing: The example of Christ Chapter 1: 27 till Chapter 2: 16
The example of Timothy Chapter 2: 19-24
The example of Epaphras: Chapter 2: 25-30
Admonishing: the example of the apostle Paul : Chapter 3 vers 1 till Chapter 4:9
The saints at Philippi who cared about the apostle Paul Chapter 4:10-20
Greetings : Grace from our Lord Jesus Christ with you all Chapter 4: 21-23.
Chapter 1: Christ is our life.
Chapter 2: Christ is our Spirit (thoughts)
Chatper 3: Christ is our purpose or goal.
Chapter 4: Christ is our Strength!
The Epistle of the apostle Paul to the saints at Philippi
Chapter 1 verse 1 and 2
Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons. Grace be unto you , and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ
Verse 1; Paul and Timothy are servants of Jesus Christ our Lord. The original word here for servant is doulos which means slave or servant. When the apostle Paul lived on the earth you had a lot of slavery in the Roman Empire. A slave or servant served his manster in the best possible way. A example of a slave was Onesimus in the Epistle to Filemon. So Paul and Timotheus are servants of Jesus Christ and they brought the Gospel of the Grace of God. Acts 20:24. to the people and also to the saints at Philippi. All the holy people. What does this mean holy? Holy means apart. Set apart by God and every believer in Christ is set apart by God in Him. In Colossians 1:13 we read: Who had delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us intothe kingdom of his dear Son. We are in Christ and we are His own. Read for yourselves Galatians 2:20.! By God we are declared as holy. Only God can do this We from nature have not deserved ths, also not our works can do this or with our works we can reach this. From ourselves we cannot do anything to reach God. He came to us through His Son Jesus Christ. Through His Grace and mercy we are saved and that not of ourselves Ephesians 2:8-9. The Roman Catholic church have not understood Gods Word and says that the Pope can declare someone holy even after many years when the person is already dead. This epistle is thus to the saints at Philippi but also indirect to us as believers, members in the Body of Christ. With the elders or bishops and deacons. . Elders or bishops: what kind of persons were they in the local church? What kind of tasks they had or have?
In 1 Timothy 3 verses 1-7 we read: This is true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; Not given to wine, no strikeer, not greedyof filthy lucre, but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; One that ruleth well his own house, having hsi children in subjection with all gravity; For is a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God? Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.
This is an enumeration to which an elder or bishop should meet.
In every local church you had elders, people who took care about the members of the church and had the oversight of the local church. They were overseers. Tthey must be people who could not be punished or be criticised of somebody else. They had one wife, not one who had lust for more women. Also not a divorced man. A man to be trustful to his wfe and who loved here every time. as no other. To be aware and attentive. Always seeing what is going on in the local church. Watch out for wrong teachings who would come in the local church. In Acts 20:28 we read "Take heed therefore unto youerselves adn to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of god, which He hath purchased with His own blood. So as a overseer to be aware, awake is very important. The overseer or bishop is a protector of the local church. No other teachings must be preaced than the Gospel of the Grace of God Acts 20:24, Galatians 1: 6-9. In Acts 20: 29 and 30 we read: For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise speaking perverse things to draw away disciples after them. This happened with the saints in Galatians and you can read that in Galatians 1: 6-9. But don't forget that another Gospel than the Gospel of the Grace of God is no Gospel! This mixed Gospel brings not blessing but curse. It is very easy to go away from the Gospel of the Grace of God to a mixed Gospel. which is preached in the so called Christian world. The overseer should this be prevented in the local church. And he has to be a stable man/person. Honerable and someone who is a lover of people. In himself there must be a desire to do this. He is also one who can teach people about God's Word. Moreover, he should also learn himself.
The elder or bishop had not to drink much wine or strong drinks. With a lot of alcohol in your body it hurts your brains too. In Proverbs 20:1 we read: Wine is a mocker, strong drnk is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise. Also the writer Salomon of Proverbs warns us for the strong drink and wine. The overseer must be a example and not given to much wine.
What does it mean no striker? This is somebody who spend money excessively. Someone who cannot handle money wisely. Not greedy of filthy lucre: What kind of person is this? Someone who takes advantage of another person for his own profit so seek advantage for your own profit A example for this we read in II Corinthians 12 verse 17 and 18. Read this! A overseer must be patient, Not impatient. not proud bus someone who serves God and the local church and loves the people very much with God's love. No fighter, don't argue, not greedy for money. One that can rule is own house and having his children in subjection with all gravity. His children have to obey him and his wife as long as they are not adults. If a overseer cannot rule his own house how can he rule in the local church? He must not be a man who came recently to believe in Christ Jesus.
Paul was not writing alone to the elders but also to the deacons. What is a deacon? Answer: it is a helper. For the first time we read in Acts 6 about deacons in the church at Jerusalem. And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring fo the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily administration. Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason taht we should leave the Word of God, and serve tables. Wherefore brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business. But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the Word. And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, adn Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch. Whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed they ladi their hands on them. So Stephanus who was stoned later in chapter 7, was one of the deacons. What a deacon must be we can read in I Timothy 3: 8-10: Likewise the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, nt given to much wine, not greedy of filghy lucre; Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience. And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon being found blameless. The deacon has to have the same qualifications as a bishop or elder or overseer. One who is not to blame. No one has to speak evil about the deacon. Not doubletongued. What does this mean. It is somebody you can trust. What he says he means it and he says the same to everyone and it must not be a drunkard. not greedy of filthy lucre the same as the overseer. Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience. In I Timothy 1:19 we read: “Holding faith, and a good conscience, which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck. Believe in the Grace of God and in the Gospel of the Grace of God and hold this. Let the deacons first be proved for a while and then after that period he can be chosen as a deacon.
Vers 2: Grace and peace. All the epistles of the apostle Paul begin with Grace and peace form God. Sometimes in combination with mercy. Grace and peace do not come from men but from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ. We live still under the Dispensation of the Grace of God Ephesians 3: 1-3: under God's administration of Grace. and we are the members of the Body of Christ, the Heavenly Chruch. That's why God tell's us Grace and peace. He is the God of Grace and peace. What does it mean Grace? Grace comes from the Greek word Charis. Gods Grace is a Gift for us through the Lord Jesus Christ. Through Him God died for mankind on the cross, in our place there on Calvary for our sins what we couldn't bear. He has done it for us because He was without sin so that He could die for all mankind who are sinners. I Corinthans 15:3-4. He bore our sins in His own body on the cross. After three days in the grace He was resurrected and He lives. In 2 Corinthians 5: 19-21 we read the following words: To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation; Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God. For he hath made Him to be sin for us, Who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him. Dear reader you see and read it. God gives Grace and peace to you, not people can do this. Humankind does not know what Grace and peace is. This is because we are sinners Romans 5: 12. Only God knows what Grace and peace is. For His Grace and peace you have nothing to do. We only has to accept it what God did for us in Christ! Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved Acts 16:31!
Philippians 1: 3-5
I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, Always in every prayer of mine
for you all making request with joy, For your fellowship in the Gospel from the first day
Verse 3: The apostle Paul thanked God a lot for the saints at Philippi! Every time when he thought about them. He, Paul was glad with them and it is also important for us as members of the Body of Christ to remember brothers and sisters in our Lord and to pray for them and to be glad with them. The apostle Paul was a example in this. For every local church he prayed to God. In I Thessalonians 5 verse 17 and 18 we read: Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Dear brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ: prayer or praying to God is very important and this must be part of us. It had a central place in the life of the apostle Paul and so it has to in our lives.
Verse 4 and 5: The apostle Paul prayed always for these saints and was glad with them. They were a example for many saints, not only in that time but still they are a example for us too to follow. They were the only ones who send things to Paul when he was in prison. No local church in that time did this Philippians 4 verse 15 (read this). That's why the apostle Paul was very happy with them and prayed for them many times to God and remembered them always in his prayings! This verse is talking about the Gospel. Which Gospel the apostle Paul is telling us. Well there is only one Gospel, the Gospel of the Grace of God which Paul preached and beside this Gospel, which is for the Body of Christ, the heavenly Church , there is no Gospel Galatians 1: 6-9. Read also for yourselves Romans 16: 25 and 26. The Philippian believers in Christ from the first day they heard the Gospel had fellowship in the Gospel. This is something to think about it!! They had received the Gospel of the Grace of God , not as a human word but as Gods Word. Let us read I Thessalonians 2:13: For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the Word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the Word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe" Gods Word has power. It is as a hammer! Now about fellowship:
1) In I Corinthians 1:9 we have: God is faithful, by Whom ye were called unto the fellowship of His Son Jesus Christ our Lord. See also Galatians 2:20
2) II Corinthians 8 verse 4: Praying us with much entreaty that we would receive the gift, and take upon us the fellowship of the ministering to the saints.
3) Ephesians 3 verse 9: And to make all men see what is the fellowhip of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, Who created all things by Jesus Christ.
4) Philippians 2 verse 1: If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies. See also 2 Corinthians 13 verse 13
5) Philippians 3 verse 10: That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made comformable unto His death
6) Philemon 6: That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus
This Gospel of Grace is mighty to confirm and strenghten us. This Gospel makes us stable in Christ as believers and it is also for the obedience of our believe in Christ my dear brothers and sisters! For the saints at Philippi it was so and it is also for us! Dear reader, brother and sister in our Lord Jesus Christ: learn God's Gospel of Grace as the saints at Philippi and at Thessalonica learned it and received it!!!
Philippians 1: 6-7
Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ. Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart; inasmuch as both in my bonds, and in the defence and confirmation of the Gospel, ye all are partakers of my Grace.
Verse 6: This is a beautiful verse! God began a good work in us, members of the body of Christ, the Church. And He will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ! What a certainty we can find in this verse my brothers and sisters! As we know is this in 2 Timothy 2 verse 13: If we believe not, yet He abideth faithful: he cannot deny Himself. His work in us, His Grace in us He shall never put away and He shall not leave us. What is the day of Christ. Of wich day the apostle Paul is speaking of? Is this the same day as in Revelation 1:10: I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet" The answer for this question is no! What is the day of Jesus Christ? The Lord's day is the day that the Lord shall return on earth and shall set His feet on the mount of olives. This will be the day of judgment before the 1000 year of Kingdom will begin on earth. The day of Jesus Christ is the day that all believers to be gathered to Him! Read for yourselves Philippians 3:20-21, Titus 2:13, I Thessalonians 4:13-18. The day of the Rapture!!! In Romans 8 verse 28 we read: And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose" The conclusion from this is that we rejoice in our Lord Jesus Christ Philippians 4:4: Rejoice in the Lord always; and again I say rejoice
Verse 7: The apostle Paul was in prison when he wrote this epistle to the saints at Philippi. In Ephesians 6 verse 20 we read the following verse: For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein i may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. For the hope of the resurrection in Christ and for the Gospel of the Grace of God Paul was in prison. In Ephesians 3 verses 1 and 2 Paul writes us: For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, If ye have heard of the dispensation of the Grace of God which is given me to you ward. Despite he was in prison and had to answer Ceasar (Acts 20:24), the saints of Philippi were partakers of the Grace which was given to Paul by God through our Lord Jesus Christ, they shared in the Gospel of God's Grace! In Colossians 4 verse 3 we read: Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds. In verse 18 we read: Remember my bonds! And in 2 Timothy 2 verse 9 we read: Wherein I suffer trouble as an evil doer, even unto bonds; but the Word of God is not bound" The Word of God was not bound 2000 years ago. The Bible is not bound! Through all the ages God's Word exists and it shall never be bound in the future!
Philippians 1: 8-11
For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the
bowels of Jesus Christ. And this I pray, that your love may
abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment;
that ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be
sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; Being filled with
the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the
glory and praise of God.
Verse 8: God is my Record, is my witness. In Romans 1:9 we read: For God is my Witness, Whom I serve with my spirit in the Gospel of His Son, that without ceasing I make mention oof you always in my prayers. What does it mean God is my Witness, my Record? This means that God is with Paul and also with us. Read Galatians 2:20. God is allmighty. He knows everything and sees everything. Nothing is hidden before Him. Even when Paul was in prison during the time he wrote the epistle to the Philippian saints. He wanted to see them, that was his love for them despite the suffering he had to suffer for Christ.
Verse 9 The praying of the apostle Paul is that their love became more and more abundantly! Not only in knowledge but also in practice. This is the love of Christ, not the love of men. The agape and this is the love we cannot and have not from ourselves my dear brothers and sisters. First you have to have the theory from God's Word and to understand His love and ask God to work in you. Knowledge has to do with the deep knowledge of God or epignosis
Verse 10: That ye may approve things that are excellent. What things the apostle Paul is speaking? Things that Differ. That they should distinquish things that are truth from false things. That you may sincere. With other words that ye may upright. Without offence till the day of Christ. This is the same day as the Rapture, the allow meeting to Him. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. That people may not to blame for something and also us as individuals in Christ Jesus.
Verse 11: Being filled with the fruits of righteousness. What does that mean? The Greek word here is karpos. This is the unseen power of the Holy Spirit in us that believe. We have to lead ourselves by the Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit through His Word. In Galatians 5 verse 22, 23 we read: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness,temperance: against such there is no law. Because we read also in verse 25 of the same chapter: if we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Oh my brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ: let us be led by God's Holy Spirit through His Word and the Word of His Grace. That His work may work in us every day also to other people. Then it is to the praise and glory of God!
Philippians 1: 12-15
But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened
unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the Gospel; So that my
bonds in Christ are manifest in all the palace, and in all other places; And many
fo the brethren in the Lord, waxing confident by my bonds, are much more bold to
speak the Word without fear. Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife;
and some also of good will.
Verse 12: The apostle Paul is in prison and during this time he wrote this epistle to the saints at Philippi and also brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus Christ in other places hear and also read the Word of Gods Grace through his epistles and preachings. He, Paul was in bonds. But in this bad situation the Word of Gods Grace, the Gospel of the Grace of God was more and more preached to people. It became well known in the Roman Empire. The more oppression the more the Gospel was brought to the people: the furtherance for the Gospel of Grace went on. You see my brothers and sisters: Gods Word of Grace is not bound.
Verse 13: The apostle Paul was in bonds because of the Gospel of the Grace of God but read very carefully what happened: his bonds, his sufferings became known in all the palace of Ceasar. Everyone came to know this and in more places it became known that the apostle Paul was in prison and was bound with bonds. In that time there was no internet, no TV, no cell phones, no media etc. This went from mouth to mouth. The palace here in latin is praetorum. How could this happen? Well there was always a soldier (different soldiers) who guarded him Paul when he was in prison and those soldiers told others from him. We can read this in Acts 28 verse 16, 30 and 31. Read this for yourselves. My brother and sisters the Gospel of the Grace of God became widely known! You have to ask yourselves why the apostle Paul continued to preach the Gospel of the Grace of God and that he wrote the Epistles? The answer is that he got the power to continue from our Lord Jesus Christ from heaven. 2 Corinthans 2: 14-16: Now thanks be unto God, which alwyas causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of His knowledge by us in every place. For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish: to the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life And who is sufficient for these things? It was the life in Christ what helped the apostle Paul to continue. In Him in Christ we are more than conquerors Romans 8:37 he wrote to the saints at Rome and indirect to us too. Not only to believe in Christ but also to suffer for Him. Colossians 1:24-29 and Philippians 1:29
Verse 14 What a positiv news: many of the brethren in the Lord gained the confidence to proclaim the Word of God with much boldness without fear for people. The bonds or chains of the apostle Paul who were on his feet and maybe also on his hands, wrists did not discouraged them, the opposite happened they got more courage to preach the Gospel of the Grace of God to people. Oppression leads to more activity! In Romans 8 verse 33-37 we read the following verses: Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? it is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, Who is even at the right hand of God, Who also maketh intercession for us. Who shall seperate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us. The brothers and sisters in our Lor Jesus Christ were convinced and trusted in God that He would helped them to preach the Word of God without fear and trembling. |They were a example and the apostle Paul was very happy with these felllow brothers and sisters. To the saints at Ephesus the apostle Paul wrote in Ephesians 3 verse 13 the following: Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory. It was the deeper wish of the apostle Paul that the saints in Ephesus would not faint but had the courage to continue to preach the Gospel of the Grace of God to others and grow in Grace. We also who live 2000 years later and are members of the same Body of Christ. In 2 Timothy 2: 3 we read another verse: Thou therefore endure hardness as a good soldier of Jesus Christ That's how we should live as members of the Body of Christ my dear brothers and sisters: to endure hardness as a good soldier of Jesus Chrsit as Timothy had also to do. We have to stand for this despite all the adversityigheid. Read for yourselves Romans 8 verse 16 and 17.
Verse 15: The apostle Paul had heard that there were brethren who preached Christ even of envy and strife. What does that mean? Some brethren were jealous on Paul's ministry that this brought so much fruit with it and were maybe proud of themselves to do it much better but in a way of hard discussion with people and with envy. This was not the way Paul was preaching and how he dealt with people. But some did it also of good will. They didn't discuss with people and brought the Gospel of the Grace of God without fear, envy and strife. It's a tactic to bring it without discussion, envy and strife. A novice in Christ is not yet proficient to bring the Gospel of the Grace of God. Let us always be in our mind that we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against pincipalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Ephesians 6:12
The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing
to add affliction to my bonds. But the other of love, knowing tat I am
set for the defence of the Gospel. What then? Notwithstanding, every
way, whether in pretence, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I
therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice. For I know that this shall
turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit
of Jesus Christ
Verse 16: There were brethren in the Lord Jesus Christ who preached Christ with a lot of strife, contention. This was not pure! In a quarrelsome way! Greek word eitheia=wrangling strife. This can do a lot of damage. This let you see as reader that a person is not spiritually grown. In 2 Timothy 2 verse 23 and 24 we read: But foolish and unlearned uestions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes. And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient. Thus with a lot of strifes to bring the Gospel of the Grace of God is not the manner how we have to proclaim the Gospel of the Grace of God. Those people who did this in this manner were maybe proud of themselves and also jealous because also in prison the ministry of the apostle Paul continued. Paul however suffered a lot for the Gospel of the Grace of God.
Verse 17: There were also brethren out of love proclaimed the Gospel of the Grace of God to others. They understood very well that the apostle was for the defence of the Gospel. They were spiritually grown. In I Corinthians 9 verses 16 and 17 we read: For though I preach the Gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea , woe is unto me, if I preach not the Gospel! For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation of the Gospel is committed unto me" Let us preach like Paul as an example for us, how he preached the Gospel of the Grace of God and be gentle to every person we met!
Verse 18: The most important thing in what Paul rejoiced was this that Christ was proclaimed. If this was proclaimed with much strife or in gentleness and with all patience: Christ was preached and he was glad. Probably was this alone in Philippi because we cannot find such verses in other epistles of Paul.
Verse 19: The apostle Paul is speaking of salvation here. What kind of salvation he is speaking off? Probably the apostle Paul speaks here a about his speedy release from prison! The Gospel of the Grace of God was preached and Paul was glad about this because it became more and more known. When he, Paul could be released then he could again visit his fellow brethren everywhere and here in Philippi too. Through their prayer it became more and more clearly that Paul should be released. And with the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ. This was a confirmation that soon this would be reality and this gave the apostle courage in the Lord.
Phippians 1 :20-24
According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not. For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.
Verse 20: The apostle Paul speaks here that it is his hope and his expectation that he in nothing shall be ashamed. In Romans 1 verse 16 we read: For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. And here in nothing he wouldn't be ashamed! That Christ would be magnified in his body above all things whether by life or by death. That Christ have the first place in his life and this should be our desire too my brothers and sisters! In Acts 20:24 we see something remarkable: But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the Gospel of the Grace of God. The apostle Paul was not afraid to die for the Gospel of the Grace of God. In Acts 21 verse 13 we read : Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? For I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the Name of the Lord Jesus. The apostle Paul trusted in Christ because Christ was always with him he knew. We can have this too my brothers and sisters as we stand fast for the truth. Jesus Christ is the most important Person in our lives and He must have in the daily life the Preeminence or first place.
Verse 21: Christ was in the life of the apostle Paul and also in our lives my brothers and sisters! We are sealed with the Holy Spirit of God Ephesians 1:13, 14 and 4:30. In Colossians 3 verse 4 we read: When Christ, Who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with Him in glory" This is our future my dear brothers and sisters!! Look to that day! To live is Christ and to die is gain! The aposlte Paul was in prison and his life on earth was uncertain what would happen. To die and to be with Christ in glory was much better than the life what he had with a lot of suffering every day. In Romans 8 verse 38 and 39 we read: For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come. Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Paul longed to be with Christ which is far better. In II Corinthians 5 verses 4-9 we read : For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality miht be swallowed up of life. Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, Who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit. Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: For we walk by faith, not by sight: We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent form the body, and to be present with the Lord. Wherefore we labour, that whether present or absent, we may be accepted of Him" The life of Paul was complete subject to Christ.
Verse 22-24: To live in the flesh. The question was if this would be fruitful? Paul was in a dilemma. To be with Christ was much better: to be in heaven litterally! He knew how the situation was in heaven because in Acts 26 verse 16 with his stoning God took him to heaven and in II Corinthians 12 verses 4-6 we read about this. He said yet what I shall choose I wot not! The desire was to leave this earth and to be in heaven with Christ which is the best place to be my dear brothers and sisters. To abide, he adds this, on the earth is more needful for the saints at Phillipi and all the members of the Body of Christ. To tell the people the Gospel of the Grace of God 2 Corinthians 5: 18-21. How people can get peace with God forever! That is also important.
Dear reader if you read this and you are not saved: know that you are a sinner! You are lost forever because you are in Adam and with your own works or religious works you cannot reach God. The only thing you have to do is to accept the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour. Believe on Him and thou shalt be saved Acts 16:31. He died for you and me on that cross on Calvary. He died not His own death, He died our death and paid the price of all our sins. He died, He was buried and He rose from the death to give us eternal life!!!!! I Corinthians 15:3-4. Acknowledge that you are a sinner and Christ came into this world to save sinners like you and me. Believe on Him before it is to late. Do it now. Tomorrow can be to late!
Philippians 1: 25 and 26
And having this confidence, i know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your furtherance and joy of faith; That your rejoicing may be more abundant in Jesus Christ for me by my coming to you again.
Verse 25: The apostle Paul trusted upon the Lord that He would give him more time on earth and freedom without bands., withou chains. Whithout prison! He had the time to visit all the brothers here in Philippi and others on his way and to speak freely with brothers and sisters about the Gospel of the Grace of God so that they all had joy of faith. Also for the spiritual growing of brothers and sisters. That he may still alive on earth was needy and you can see in these verses here that he longed to see the saints in Philippi lifely. On the other side he wanted to be with the Lord in heaven which is far better because of the much suffering he had to suffer for God. Soon he should be released from prison.
Vers 26: The apostle was sure when they saw him again they would rejoice and that rejoicing was abundantly. His mission under the believers again in Philippi gave the apostle the oppertunity to help them further in the faith. He wanted them to grow and they would not stop. If people are sufficient with their believe in God most of the times they don't want to grow spiritual. He believed soon he should see them again and that the Gospel of the Grace of God would be preached by him to them Romans 16:25-26.
Only let your conversation be as it becometh the Gospel of Christ; that whether i come and see you, or else be absent, i may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the Gospel. And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God. For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ not only to believe on Him, but also to suffer for His sake. Having the same conflict which ye saw in me, and now hear to be in me.
Vers 27: There are 3 things here who are important :
1 Stand fast .
2 In one spirit
3 With one mind striving together
The apostle Paul was absent. He was in prison but soon he would be released but it was not sure when he wrote this Epistle to the saints at Philippi. If he came to them and see them. Here he speaks that he longed to see them. But he was also realistic that he would be absent from them.
1 Walk with dignity according the Gospel of Christ. Conversation is manner of life. It was not only to know the Gospel of the Grace of God but also to walk according to the Gospel: the practical life. Their walk was also important every day. One affects the other! We cannot live without the Word of Gods Grace because there we find how we have to walk in daily life, how to behave ourselves. Our walk is in heaven from whence we look for the Savior Jesus Christ who shall take us with Him to heaven. Philippians 3:20-21. Ephesians 4 verse 22-24 we read: That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts. And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
2 Stand in one Spirit! In Ephesians 4 verse 3 and 4 we read: Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, evena as ye are called in one Hope of your calling. It is with one spirit and to keep the unity of the Spirit. The seven oneness to stand for. There were a lot of troubles in the church at Philippi. There was division between them what we can read in Philippians 4 verses 1 and 2. Also in that time there were divisions and people split from each other. Nothing new under the Sun! The apostle Paul admonishes the saints at Philippi with these words.
3 With one mind together striving for the faith of the Gospel. One mind! What is that difficult. That was difficult in that time and now today it is more difficult. The professing church or the Christian world does not know what this means. Our wrestle is not against flesh and blood but agains principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Our war is against satan and his hosts! Where God's Word is preached satan comes also with his lies. Again don't give up the mood my brothers and sisters and hold fast the sound doctrine of God's Grace: Romans-Philemon. Romans 16:25-26.
Verse 28: The believers at Philippi had probably problems with people who were against the Gospel of Grace. They were afraid those persons on just manner to explain the Gospel of the Grace of God. They were terrified from their adversaries that's why the apostle Paul admonished them here in this verse. The satan is the one who is behind all this and we just as the saints in Philippi have not to be afraid for these adversaries. In Romans 8: 15 we read: “For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba Father. We have not to lead ourselves by our flesh but to put on the new man in Christ because we are new men in Christ and we have to lead us through Gods Spirit Who is living in us by His Word, the Bible This we have to know Romans 8:31: What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? Ans in verse 37 from the same Chapter we read: Nay, in all these things we ae more than conquerors through Him that loved us. We have not the spirit of fear but we have the Spirit of God and are sealed with this Spirit Ephesians 1:13,14, 4:30. We have to trust His Word and to trust on Him who lead us and bring everything in prayer. Our adversary use those persons who are against the truth to to achieve his goal. Let us ask God to have the courage and boldness to preach the Gospel of the Grace of God, the Mystery, to people. Read Efeze 6:19 and Colossians 4:3,4. We have not to shame for Gods Word. We read II Timothy 1:8: Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the Gospel according to the power of God.
Verse 29. The Grace of God through Christ was given to the saints at Philippi and we too my brothers and sisters who live 2000 years later is this same Grace of God given. It is not alone to believe the Gospel of the Greace of God but also to stand for it and automatically you have also to suffer for it. The apostle Paul suffered a lot, physical and spiritual. There were a lot adversaries in his time and today it is the same. As we know from the Scriptures there were a lot of people who were against the Gospel of God's Grace. Some of them were enemies of God and others didn't want to suffer for the Gospel of the Grace of God and didn't want to grow spiritual. The same we have today. There are a few people, persons who want to believe and suffer for the Gospel of Gods Grace. The apostle Paul is our example of suffering for the Gospel of Gods Grace and he was the first one who proclaimed, dealt out this Mystery. . In 2 Corinthians 11: 22-33 and in 2 Corinthians 6:4-10 “But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses, In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings. By pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindnessm, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned By the Word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, By honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report: as deceivers, and yet true. As unknown, and yet well known; as dying and, behold, we live: as chastened, and not killed; As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet posssessing all things"
Verse 30: Having the same conflict, the same conflict what the apostle Paul had and here he admonished the saints at Philippi and us and to contiue in this conflict with our adversary. Read Ephesians 6:12. The saints at Philippi had seen the conflict and as we stand for the truth we have this same conflict and feel it everyday. And we may say with the apostle Paul this in Philippians 4:13: I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me". Let us follow the apostle Paul in this my brothers and sisters and not to be ashamed for the Gospel of the Grace of God.
Philippians Chapter 2
Verse 1-4 is about our walk in Christ
Verse 5-11 is about Christ as Example and Servant.
Verse 12-16 is about our walk
Verse 19-21 is about Timothy
Verse 25-30 is about Epaphroditis
Philippians 2 verse 1-3
If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love,
if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies
Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one
accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in
lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves
Verse 1 A In Christ there is always consolation !! Romans 15 verse 5 is telling us: Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus. And in 2 Corinthians 1: 5-7 we read what the apostle Paul wrote to the saints at Corinth and inclusive us: For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ. And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings whcih we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation. And our hope of you is stadfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation. Another beautiful verse we read in 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17: Now our Lord jesus Christ Himself , and God, even our Father, Which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through Grace, Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good Word and work. Allone in our Lord Jesus Christ we have consolation, everlasting consolation! Think about this for a moment. What does it mean consolation? The answer is cheer up, to encourage. God encourages us through His Son Jesus Christ.
B In any comfort of love. The Greek word is paramuthia=to relate near, encourage. Over which love we speak here? Answer: Gods love! His love what He had done for us in His Son Jesus Christ: That He died in our place on Calvary, He died our death there and took all our sins upon Himself on the cross! He was buried and rose again from the death because death could not hold Him. Let us read with each other Romans 4:25: Who was delivered for ou offences, and was raised again for our justification" It is His love and comfort to us: Romans 5:8: But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" Yes dear reader, yes my brothers and sisters: He died in our place on that cross on Calvary when we yet sinners! This truth you can only read in the epistles of the apostle Paul . From his epistles we can receive everyday consolation!
C Any fellowship of the Spirit: This is very important for us as members of the Body of Christ to be likeminded. Read Ephesians 4:3-6. What is fellowship? This is to have spiritual contact with each other through the Word of Gods Grace and the Bible. And to rightly dividing the Word of God 2 Timothy 2:15. And also to pray with each other to God. Gods Spirit is working with Gods Word Romans 10:17!
D If any bowels and mercies! In Colossians 3:12 we read the following verse: Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering. This has to work in our daily life my dear brothers and sisters!! We can do this alone in Him: feelings of compassion to others.
Verse 2: These 2 verses 1 and 2 answer each other. If there is any consolation in Christ verse 1 begins and in this verse the question of the apostle Paul if the saints at Philippi to fulfil his joy to be likeminded. The saints at Philippi had a relation with God through the Lord Jesus Christ. Now the apostle encourages them to be likeminded under each other. Any consolation of love is the answer to the question if they had the same love as the apostle Paul had. Paul was given the following: Unto me, who am less thatn the leat of all saints, is this Grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ Ephesians 3:8. Oh that they may do the same as the apostle Paul did to proclaim the Gospel of the Grace of God with a lot of Love of God. Read Colossians 2:9-15. Being of one accord, of one mind. That they, the saints at Philipi would be likeminded together. In Romans 12 verse 16 we read the following verse: Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not hight things but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. In Romans 15 verse 5 we read: Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus.
In I Corinthians 1 verse 10 we read: Now I beseech you, brethren by the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. Also in Corinth there were divisions and disagreements and also under the saints at Philippi. Today it is the same under believers in Christ: a lot of divisions and disagreements. It is not a good example for this world who look to the saints. Here in the Netherlands we have so much divisions and disagreements so that it is very difficult to tell people the truth namely the Gospel of the Grace of God. Thats why I call people here in the Netherlands to learn the Gospel of the Grace of God which is the only Gospel for today for you! Read Galatians 1:6-9!
Verse 3: We have studied in Chapter 1 verse 16 that some of the saints at Philippi who were in Christ preached the Lord Jesus Christ not pure! It went not with love of God and patience and yet it was preached to people and people heard Gods Word of Grace. In this verse the apostle Paul admonishes the saints at Philippi and special the ones who did this not to do things in strife and vainglory. Strife comes from the Greek word eitheia= to provoke: to anger: contentious. This they had not to do and also us who live 2000 years later we have not to do this. We have to be friendly first against other persons. We have to love each other in the Lord: in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Romans 12 verse 10 tell's us: Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another. So it is for us individually to do away the old man and to put the new man on, otherwise it will not work. Conclusion: as servants of the Lord we do not to strife and not be proud of ourselves but we give God the first place and we love each other with brotherly love.
Philippians 2 verse 4 and 5
Look not every man on his own things, but every
man also on the things of others. Let this mind be
in you, which was also in Christ Jesus
Verse 4: That's how it should be my dear brothers and sisters. Now we are in Christ, new men, new women and we are not focused only on ourselves but we have to focus on the other person in the Body of Christ and also the ones who are outside, the unbelievers. In I Corinthians 10 verse 24 we read: Let no man seek his own, but every man another's wealth. Focused on the other that's what we learn here and that the other person may learn God's Word of Grace, teaching the other God's Grace like the apostle Paul did. In Acts 20 verse 27 and 31 we read: For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the cousel of God. Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears. The happiness you have in God through our Lord Jesus Christ and His Grace give you your heart to another person! From nature we are so focused on ourselves. By nature we are self centered. If we look into this word through fast communications as smartphones through apps, facebook, games, music men in general became more and more focused on this and for his own pleasure! The modern man Anno 2021 doesn't read much anymore. But here the call of God's Word for us my dear brothers and sisters: We have not to walk like the others in this world. We know God's Word of Grace or want to learn this so we have to be focused not on ourselves but on the other brother or sister in the Body of Christ. If you are focused on the other person the less self centered you behave.
Verse 5: Let this mind be in you. It is not a feeling but a mind! Keep an eye on! Which mind is this? This is the mind of Christ and we have the mind of Christ. This mind has to work in us my dear brothers and sisters! Our Lord Jesus Christ thought not on Himself but came into this world to save sinners I Timothy 1:15! He died our death on the cross on Calvary. He came to this earth and left heaven with all the glory and humbled Himself and became poor as men. It was to save us my dear brothers and sisters! To save us from all eternity. To give us eternal life! He died our death so saving us from the eternal death! I Timothy 1:15: This is a faithful sying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief"
Philippians 2 verse 6-9
Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal
with God: But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of
a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion
as a man, he humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even te
death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him,
and given Him a Name which is above every name.
Verse 6: From this verse till verse 10 we read what Christ had done for us. We read about the seven humiliations of our Lord Jesus Christ. Christ we see here in this verse was and is God. In Colossians 1 verse 15-17 we read: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him. Adn he is before all things, and by Him all things consist. What we read here is something special and with a lot of respect far above our minds. Through the Scriptures we can accept this through faith. Christ is God. Being in the form of God: Greek word morphe: the expression from the inward nature of His being! Christ is God, equal and for all eternity! He had not to reach that place because He had this place. This is the first humiliation what we read here. We read here further on that He thought it not robbery to be equal with God. The Greek word is hapagmos. He made Himself empty. Not that losed Himself from the Godhead. John 1:47-49 Read for yourselves. He did this freely to save the world! To save you and me my dear brothers and sisters! Why He wanted to save this world? Because He loves us (agape). He gave Himself for us. I Timothy 1:15: This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief" Yes for you and I He came because we are sinners and He loves sinners and wants to save them. He went voluntary to the cross and died for our sins on that cross which took place on Calvary! He without sin died for you and I sinners and with sin. He paid the price for our guilt there on that cross! That guilt we couldn't bear it ourselves.
Verse 7: Made Himself of no reputation: This is the second humiliation! What does this mean? It comes from the Greek word Kenoo. Reputation – it’s cultivation, elevation, and protection – was of no importance to our Lord Jesus Christ in His ministry. He became such a Man. And it was only in this form that He could serve, love, give, teach and, yes, lead. The third humiliation we read He took upon Himself the form of a servant! A servant serves his master, not himself and is submissive. The fourth humiliation here is the incarnation: Christ became equal with men alone without sin with this purpose that He could save the world. He was 100% God and 100% Man.
Verse 8: Being found in fashion as a man. In Hebrews 2: 14 and 15 we read: Forasmuch then as the children are partakers fo flesh and blood, He als Himself likewise took part of the same: that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death , that is , the devil. And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. God was and is God and Man. He was and is both when He was here on earth to save us from the eternal death. In Hebrews 2:9 we read: But we see Jesus, Who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour, tha the by the Grace of God should taste death for every man. He deid on the cross, in our place and took all the sins of us upon Himself and that from the whole world! The fifth humiliation is in this verse that He as Man Himself humiliated. The Sixth humiliation is that He was obedient unto death. As a servant who was obedient to his master so was the Son of God obedient to His Father. It had to happen, there was no other way to save the whole world inclusive us my dear brothers and sisters! The seventh humiliation is that He was not only obedient to death but on the deaht on the cross. The most cruel death you can imagine. As a murderer they crucified Him on Calvary between 2 murderers. He without sin died there for us sinners. The most terrible death you could die. He died not His own death but our death! He did this pure voluntary to save us sinners and to make the way open to God. Read I Peter 2:24, Hebrews 12 verse 2. I Timothy 2: 5 we read: For there is one God, and one Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus
Verse 9: For this reason what He had done for mankind and for His faith and obedience God also hath highly exalted Him and given Him a Name which is above every name. In 1 Corinthians 15 verse 3 and 4 we read: For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures; And that He was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the Scriptures. Romans 8 verse 34 tells us: Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, Who is even at the right hand of God, Who also maketh intercession for us. Read also Ephesians 1: 20 and 21
Philippians 2 verse 10 and 11
That at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in
heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth. And
that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father
Verse 10: God the Father has given His Son a Name above all names. He hath highly exalted Him. Christ sits on the right hand of the Father, far above all governments, might and powers and dominions. We can read this in Ephesians 1: 21 and 22: Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion and every name that is namded, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be the head over all things to the church.
Highly exalted and a Name above all names given from God the Father with this reason what we read here in this verse that at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow! Every human being has to bow for Christ in the future. The first event when people have to bow down their knees is at the Bema when all the members of the Body of Christ and we inclusive as members too shall willingly bow our knees. In Romans 14 verses 10-12 we read the following verses: But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. So then eveyr one of us shall give account of himself to God.
The second event will take place on the Day of the Lord. This will be the judgment over Israel and the nations as Christ will return to earth in power and glory on the end of the Great Tribulation. He will divide the believers from the unbelievers. The believers will be resurrected. Read Isaiah 45 verse 23!
The third event will take place at the Great White Throne after the 1000 years of reign on earth. On that day unbelievers from all ages would be judged. They will bow down their knees before Him. This is the second resurrection. They will be judged to their works Revelation 20: 12 and be cast into the lake of fire verse 15
Verse 11 Every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. Also the unbelievers from all ages who will stand before the White throne in Revelation 20. They should confess and recognize that Jesus Christ is Lord! Every tongue: In Greek we read exomologeo is to acknowledge or agree fully. The unbelievers will be punished day by day until eternity. 100% separated from God. II Thessalonians 1 verse 9: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of His power"
Dear reader, you can still choose. Now is the time, day of salvation! Tomorrow can be to late! because tomorrow you can die! We are still living under God's Grace and under His administration of Grace. Acknowledge you are a sinner and come from Adam who was the first sinner in this world. You are born a sinner, separated from God.! But you can choose now. Believe(accept) that the Lord Jesus Christ His life gave for you as sinner on the cross and that He took all your sins in His body on Calvary, that He was buried and that He is resurrected and that He lives. I Corinthians 15: 3-4. He died for you so that you can live forever! Be ye reconciled to God! II Corinthians 5: 20 before it is to late!! Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved!
Philippians 2 verse 12
Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence
only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation
with fear and trembling
Verse 12: From this verse on you have the daily practice. How to walk with God daily and what disires God from us? The saints at Philippi were always obeying. They walked very well not only in Pauls'presence but also now when he was in prison and was absent from them. He heard about them through Epaphras. They had heard the Gospel of Gods Grace and had accepted it as Gods Word and not as human words. You see my brothers and sisters they were obeying and for us this is a very good example to follow. In I Corinthians 1 verse 30 we read: But of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, Who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification and redemption. This was the position of them in Corinth and in Philippi and also the position we have in Christ my dear brothers and sisters! And we have to walk according this position my fellow saints! Romans 10 verse 17 tells us: So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. We read also Galatians 5 verse 16: This I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. This we have to do my brothers and sisters like the saints at Philippi with fear and trembling!
Philippians 2 verses 13 and 14
For it is God Which worketh in you both to will
and to do of His good pleasure. Do all things
without murmurings and disputings
Verse 13: Hear we read my dear brothers and sisters that it is God Who works in us to will and to do of His good pleasure. It is according His approval. We, from our nature are not capable to do something good because we are born sinners but in Christ and as we are led by Him, by His Spirit we are competent as members of the Body of Christ, the Church to do good because He works in us by His Word! 2 Corinthians 3 verses 4 and 5 we read now: And such trust have we trough Christ to God-ward: Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God" This is what the apostle Paul wrote to us 2000 years ago and it is still working because we live still under the Dispensation of the Grace of God Ephesians 3:1-3. Dear brothers and sisters in Christ we are not from ourselves anymore but from Him. Galatians 2:20 tell's us the following: I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live: yet not I but Christ liveth in me, and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, Who loved me, and gave Himself for me. Now the question arises: How does God works in us? Answer: through His Spirit with which we are sealed till the day of redemption Ephesians 1:13-14 and Ephesians 4:30! In Romans 8 verses 15 and 16 we read: For we have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry Abba Father. The Spirit itself heareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children (sons and daughters) of God" His Spirit works with His Word Romans 10:17 and we have to lead ourselves by His Spirit Which lives in us. Ephesians 1:10 tells us: For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them" This is the purpose, the goal of God with us the members of His Body, the Body of Christ, the Heavenly Church! And to make known the following in Ephesians 3 verse 10: To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God"
Verse 14: We have seen that God works in us as members of the Body of Christ, the Heavenly Church trough His Holy Spirit whereby we are sealed. Now the daily life and God asks us not to murmur and to dispute. What does that mean? Make no mistake, murmuring is sin. "Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world" (Phil. 2:14-15). "Be hospitable to one another without grumbling" (1 Pet. 4:9). It causes one to perish (1 Cor. 10:10). If we have been led by God's Spirit by His Word then we are not busy with our flesh. We have always to choose as believers and more to be spiritual minded.
Philippians 2 verse 15 and 16
That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God,
without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse
nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world. Holding
forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ
that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.
Verse 15: That ye may be blameless and harmless! This is the request of God that we will be like this. Without rebuke! To live without giving cause of reproof or censure. For God we are without guilt and in our walk nobody of the unbelievers has to say something evil of us. They have to see the difference between them and you as believer. We are living under unbelievers and God can shine through us as light, as lights in the world. How? To let us lead by God through His Word. So again sincerely do things for the Lord and not for the people.
In I Thessalonians 5 verses 4 and 5 we read: But ye brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are the children of light, adn the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness"
Verse 16: What does this mean: Holding forth the Word of life? What is the Word of life? This is the good news of the cross, the glory of the cross my dear brothers and sisters! Christ died for our sins, in our place on Calvary on the cros, was buried and rose from the grave I Corinthians 15 verses 3 and 4. Romans 5: 8-10. This is the Gospel of our salvation. This is the Gospel for this sin world! If we tell the people in this world this then the apostle Paul would rejoice in the day of Christ, on the day of the Rapture! We have also like the apostle Paul rejoice in the glory of the cross of Christ and not to boast in ourselves. In Galatians 6 verse 14 we read: But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world. We have to hold fast this Word of Gods Grace and tell others about it! In Titus 1 verse 9 we read: Holding fast the faithful Word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers. We have to follow Paul as he followed Christ and obeyed the instructions of Him. First we have to know (deeper knowledge) it for ourselves otherwise we cannot explain or deal it to others. If we do that the whole work of the apostle Paul is not in vain. Philippians 3 verse 17 tells us: Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.
Philippians 2 verse 17 and 18
Yea and if I be offered upon the sacrifice
and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all
For the same cause also do ye joy, and rejoice with me.
Verse 17 and 18 : The apostle Paul is the first example of the practical outworking of having the mind of Christ. He proclaimed the whole counsel of God in his ministry. Even if he had to give his life. He wasn't afraid. He offered his life for them that believed in Philippi. Because it was for them that they might be stronger in the Lord Jesus Christ. This is agape. Not love of men in general but God's love! In Philippians 4 vers 4 is written: Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say Rejoice. The apostle Paul rejoiced in the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Gospel of the Grace of God and that he was chosen to proclaim the whole counsel of God. The Philippian saints began to understand God's Grace and that that brought them salvation, they willingly devoted the remainder of their lives tot the things of God. There was no sacrifice too big in their desire to glorify God because they understood His Grace. For us as believers my dear brothers and sisters is it also important to have joy in our Lord Jesus Christ and rejoice in God's Grace. In our lives just as the Philippian saints we have setbacks through diseases, dismissal or grief because one of our loved ones died or something else. Anyway we can rejoice in Him because we are in Him and have everything in Him. And He is always with us don't forget this. We can rejoice just as the saints at Philippi in the Lord always and glory in the cross of Christ what He has done for us!!!
Philippians 2 verse 19 and 20
But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timotheus
shortly unto you, that I also may be of good
comfort when I know your state. For I have no
man likeminded, who will naturally care for your state
Verse 19 : From this verse till the end of this Chapter the apostle Paul told the saints at Philippi about Timotheus and Epaphroditis or Epaphras. These men were fellowlaborers and fellow soldiers in the Lord Jesus Christ of Paul. Paul trusted in the Lord to send Timothy to them. Timothy the son of the Jewish mother Eunice and of a Greek father.In Acts 16 verse 1-3 we read the following verses: Then came he (Paul) to Derbe and Lystra: and, behold a certain disciple was there, named Timotheus, the son of a certain woman, which was a Jewess, and believed; but hsi father was a Greek. Which was well reported of by the brethren that were at Lystra and Iconium. Him would Paul have to go forth with him; and took and circumcised him because of the Jews which were in those quarters: for they knew all that hsi father was a Greek. In II Timothy 1 verse 5 we read another verse: When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am pursuaded that in thee also. From a child Timothy had known the Scriptures and he was a disciple with a very good report that's why Paul took Timothy with him on his journeys. The apostle Paul laid also his hands on him, to ordain him as pastor of Ephesus. I Timothy 4 verse 14. The apostle Paul was in prison and he wanted to know how the saints were at Philippi and to strengthen them in the faith so that he Paul had a good comfort over them.
Verse 20: The apostle Paul knew no man like Timothy. He was really a fellowlaborer and later a pastor. He could care for people and he had all the natural character traits of a bishop, a teacher etc. He followed Paul as he followed Christ I Corinthians 11:1. Timothy was a upright man and very capable. Always a good report of the apostle Paul. So with a rest assured Paul send him to Philippi!
Philippians 2 verse 21
For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ's
Verse 21: Men in general are self centered! This was in the time of apostle Paul 2000 years ago. Today it is the same. Men is still self centered. They are only busy with oneself but not with God's Word and surely not with God's Word of Grace and the rightly dividing Acts 20:24, 32, Romans 16:25,26 and 2 Timothy 2:15. Sure the unbelievers are not busy with God's Word we know. In this verse we read also about believers who were not busy with God's Word. How many we have today who live so. There was in the time of the apostle Paul a minority who was busy with God's Word and wished to serve the Lord Jesus Christ and went deeper into the Scriptures and today it is the same my dear brothers and sisters. Nothing new under the sun.
Philippians 2 verse 22
But ye know the proof of him that, as a son
with the father, he hath served with me in the Gospel
Verse 22: But Timothy, and the saints at Philippi knew this, was a different man in Christ! He had as a son helped Paul. Paul was his spiritual father. Oh how Paul loved Timothy. He was a young man and very young when he joined Paul in his journeys. Timothy was not self centered. Jesus Christ was the One Who was the first in his life. Timothy joined Paul in the Gospel and they were servants of our Lord. Oh that we may live like these men Paul and Timothy and that our our own self more and more on the background may be. That we just like them be led by Gods Spirit through His Word! Satan hates the Gospel and he will do everything to hinder us and others so that the Gospel of God's Grace may not be preached and learned. There are now at this moment a lot of temptations he uses like Facebook, TV, Hobbies, Internet via cellphones, smartphones. If people and inclusive ourselves are only looking to these things than we became self centered, egocentrisch. This is not the will of God my dear brothers and sisters. God's will is that we just lie Timothy serve Him through His Word and will tell others about His Word of His Grace. Let us hold fast: But thou hast not thus taught Christ
Philippians 2 verse 23 and 24
Him therefore I hope to send presently,
so soon as I shall see how it will go with me
But I trust in the Lord that I also myself shall
Verse 23: Him is Timotheus here. Paul hoped to send him very quickly to the saints at Philippi to encourage them and strenghthen them in the believe. He Timothy was already a pastor and could take care about them there at Philippi. He was capable to do this and Timothy could tell them how it was with Paul in prison there in Rome and if he will be soon released from prison because we see in the next verse the following:
Verse 24: The apostle Paul trusted fully in the Lord that soon he would be released from the prison he was in and that he as a free man could move and visit the saints at Philippi. The apostle Paul trusted not in men but only in the Lord and that was his strength. How the apostle Paul longed to see them
Philippians 2 verse 25
Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus,
my brother, and companion in labour, and fellowsoldier,
but your messenger, and he that ministered to my wants
Verse 25: There was another man, a brother in the Lord Jesus Christ, who the apostle Paul send to the saints at Philippi and that was Epaproditis. He was not only a brother, he was a companion in labour with Paul and a fellowsoldier. He was also the messenger of the local church at Philippi. He informed Paul in prison about the spiritual state of the saints at Philippi. He brought goods and maybe financial things from the saints of Philippi to Paul in prison. Read 2 Corinthians 11: 8 and 9 and Philippians 4:15 and 61. From the Scriptures here we can understand that Epaphrodtis a time with Paul has been in prison.
Philippians 2 verse 26 and 27
For he longed after you all, and was full
of heaviness, because ye had heard that he had
been sick. For indeed he was sick nigh unto death:
but God had mercy on him; and not on him only,
but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow
Verse 26 and 27: Epaphroditis longed to see his brothers and sisters at Philippi back and to have again spiritual fellowship with them. He had a lot of love and that was the love of God for them. But he was ill, sick near death. This was very serious. In the time he became sick the apostle Paul had not the gift anymore to heal him. It was after Acts 28. The Acts period which was a transition period was gone and God's Word became complete. The healings and miracles were not anymore working so it was now with medicins (natural) a person could be healed or he could also die. Now Epaphroditis was almost dead. But what happened?
God had mercy on him so that He healed Epaphroditis and the apostle Paul could send him back to the saints at Philippi with the Gospel of the Grace of God and that Epaphroditis. Epaphroditis was one of the saints at Philippi and had brought to Paul goods from the saints at Philippi. This is the way how God works now under this Dispensation of Grace. And God had also mercy on Paul that he should not have sorrow upon sorrow. Paul was in prison and the circumstances in that time were very bad in prison. Beside that he was concerned about all the saints and specially about Epaphroditis who was very ill near death. Believe it Paul prayed a lot for his brother and for all the saints who he knew! This verse let you see that God can heal people, have mercy on persons. Only it is not a condition that He will do it. In 2 Corinthians 12 verse 9 we read: And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory n my infirmities, that hte power of Christ may rest upon me. Paul had a thorn in the flesh and he besought the Lord thrice , tat it might depart from him and what we read: His Grace is sufficient!!! He is sovereign to heal persons. This is possible but not a condition of God. What we have to do is also to take care about our bodies. If we are sick we take medicins or go to a doctor and let him or her investigate us and possible send us to a hospital to a specialist or give us medicins for healing. Sure prayer is also very important when a person is ill we know or if we are ill and want to be better. We ha ve also to think that we all have a mortal body and that our hope is not here on earth. Philippians 3 verse 20 and 21 tells us: For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto His glorious body, according to the working whereby He is able even to subdue all things unto Himself
The reality is that illness and suffering and death belongs to this life on earth! In Romans 8 verse 18 we may read the following verse: For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us
Philippians 2 vers 28
I sent him therefore the more carefully,
that, when ye see him again, ye may rejoice
and that I may be the less sorrowful
Verse 28: Paul send as soon as possible Epaphroditis back to the saints at Philippi that they see him again and could rejoice to see him. And that Paul would have less sadness. Epaphroditis was fully recovered because God in His Grace had mercy upon him and had healed him because he was nearby death. Paul was very thankful that his fellowlaborer and fellowsoldier and brother was recovered from his sickness and that God had healed him.
Philippians 2 verse 29
Receive him therefore in the Lord with all gladness; and
hold such in reputation.
Verse 29 Epaphroditis was under his way to the saints at Philippi. From Rome to Philippi was a long journey in that time. A lot of the journey was by feet so this took a long time. The saints at Philippi had to receive him in the Lord with all gladness. And what also was important and also for us as members of the Body of Christ is that he was teacher and probably also a pastor teacher of them. In I Timothy 5 verse 17 we read: Let the elders tat rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the Word and doctrine. We have to have respect for them that learn us in the Word of Gods Grace and also in the rest of the Bible. Double respect what the apostle means here.
Philippians 2 verse 30
Because for the work of Christ he was nigh unto
death , not regarding his life, to supply your lack
of service toward me.
Verse 30: Because of the work of Christ, because of Gods Work read Ephesians 2:10 Epaphroditis was nigh unto death. Epaphroditis was not afraid and counted not his life for himself. He was not afraid to die for the preaching of the Grace of God, for the Gospel of the Grace of God. The saints at Philippi had a lack in their service to God and Epaphroditis came therefore to Paul in prison to tell him that and asked maybe advice of Paul. We do not know exactly but it could be. We know for sure that he was for the work of the Lord Jesus Christ nearby death. And so this chapter ends with this.
Philippians 3 verse 1-3
Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write
the same things to you, to me indeed is not grievous,
but for you it is safe. Beware of dogs, beware of evil
worrkers, beware of the concision. For we are the
circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice
in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh
In this chapter our Lord Jesus Christ is the central Source for every believer to rejoice in Him.
Verse 1: The apostle Paul says here finally but it is that he continues here or furthermore. Paul gives the saints at Philippi inclusive the Body of Christ (also us) the instruction to rejoice in the Lord Jesus Christ. For the things we are in Him, what He has done for us and what He does on this moment for us. That He gave His life for us on the cross Romans 5:8! That we have forgiveness from all our sins through His blood on Calvary! That we have eternal life in Him and that is for everyday to rejoice in. Philippians 4 verse 4 : Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say rejoice. For the apostle Paul it was a joy to write the saints at Philippi this and it would helped them to overcome sadness, to be grievous etc. For us my brothers and sisters if we look the more to our Lord Jesus Christ we become more glad than to look to the circumstances we live under or to see only the world.
Verse 2: Beware of dogs. Satan have also his ministers and those persons are named dogs or evil workers. Satan always change the Word of God and he is very cunning. He is very cunning. In the time of Paul the ministers of satan were Jews, religious Jews to thwart the Word of God's Grace Acts 20:24. In the time when God was busy with Israel His folk, the Gentiles were dogs. Matthew 15:26 but now the situation has changed because there is no difference between Jew and Gentile anymore through the cross Ephesians 2:11-22. We live still under the Dispensation of the Grace of God and God calls everyone to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and being saved forever. Now satan comes as a angel of light and his ministers too. These ministers could be people who are believers but are against the Gospel of the Grace of God. In the time of the apostle Paul those dogs or ministers were the religious Jews who wanted that everyone went back under the Law of Moses and be circumcised. Circumcision was a ritual around which there was much quarreling. Nowadays it is waterbaptism!
Verse 3: We are the circumcision which worship God in the spirit says the apostle Paul. In Colossians 2 verse 11 we read the following verse: In Whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ. We are circumcised in Him and that is the spiritual circumcision my brothers and sisters! This is the circumcision without hands which took place on the cross!!! Our old man died with Christ on the cross, was buried with Him and we are now new men in Christ because He was resurrected and we too with Him. This is our identification with Him! This is our circumcision, baptism! Romans 6: 3-5, Colossians 2: 11-15. What is better now on this moment: the waterbaptism what is a human ritual and a so called work to be accepted of God or the spiritual baptism, circumcision which saves us for all eternity? Waterbaptism is not necessary anymore because all is accomplished on the cross through our Lord Jesus Christ! And we are complete in Him. This is very clear and I hope and pray dear reader, brother and sisters that you may understand this. We serve Christ and rejoice in Him and have no confidence in our flesh.