Philippians, lesson 7.

Lesson 7

Philippians 2: 19-30

VV 19-24, 19 But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you shortly, that I also may be encouraged when I know your state. 20 For I have no one like-minded, who will sincerely care for your state. 21 For all seek their own, not the things which are of Christ Jesus. 22 But you know his proven character, that as a son with his father he served with me in the gospel. 23 Therefore I hope to send him at once, as soon as I see how it goes with me. 24 But I trust in the Lord that I myself shall also come shortly.

Paul planned to send Timothy, his son in the faith, to minister to the Philippians Church, 1 Timothy 1:2, “To Timothy my true son in the faith”. Timothy was recruited by into his missionary team in Lystra. Paul and Timothy had the same Christ-centred and others-centred mindset. Timothy had a proven character, capability, and track record. Paul hoped to be released from prison to visit the Philippians Christians in person. Do you have a Timothy to mentor? Do you have a Paul to mentor you? If you are a mature Christian, find someone whom you can mentor. If you are young in the faith, find someone to be your mentor.

VV 25-27, 25 Yet I considered it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, fellow worker, and fellow soldier, but your messenger and the one who ministered to my need;26 since he was longing for you all, and was distressed because you had heard that he was sick. 27 For indeed he was sick almost unto death; but God had mercy on him, and not only on him but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow.

Paul planned to send Epaphroditus back to his mother church in Philippi. Paul addressed Epaphroditus as a brother, a fellow worker, a fellow soldier, and a minister of Christ. The Philippians Church sent Ephaphroditus to Rome to take of Paul, but he fell sick to the point of near death, but God miraculously healed him. After this, he was very home sick and worried about his mother church.

VV 28-30, 28 Therefore I sent him the more eagerly, that when you see him again you may rejoice, and I may be less sorrowful. 29 Receive him therefore in the Lord with all gladness, and hold such men in esteem; 30 because for the work of Christ he came close to death, not regarding his life, to supply what was lacking in your service toward me.

With joy in his heart, Paul urged the Philippians Christians to receive Epaphroditus with joy, gladness, honour, and high esteem. Epaphroditus ministered to Paul faithfully and selflessly as a servant of Christ, even though he ill to the point of near death. The church today need more Paul, Timothy and more Epaphroditus. These were three great man of the faith that you can imitate and emulate.

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Philippians, Lesson 6

Lesson 6

Philippians 2:12-18

VV 12-13, 12 Therefore, my beloved, as you 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; 13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.

Paul addressed the Philippians Christians as his beloved, indicating his affection and strong bond of friendship. In Philippians 1:1, he addressed them as saints, bishops, and deacons. He implored the Philippians Christians to obeyed God to work out their salvation with fear and trembling. Paul did not advocate salvation by work. The injunction is to “work out” your salvation, not “‘work for” your salvation. Working out your salvation is a response to what God had done for you. God had “worked in’’ the work of salvation to you by grace. This should result in good works of servitude. Good works comes after salvation, not before.

James 2:14-17, “What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead”.

Justification and salvation is by grace, through faith in Christ and not by works. Ephesians 2:8-9, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast”.

Justification and salvation is a miracle of a lifetime. This alone should be enough to make you tremble with fear. God saved you by grace according to His will.

VV 14-16, 14 Do all things without complaining and disputing,15 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, 16 holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.

As children of God, they (and we), should do things without complaining and disputing, be blameless, harmless, and faultless to shine light of Christ into the dark and perverse world. They (and we), should be hold fast to the word of scripture, rejoice and await the day of Christ’ second coming.

VV 17-18, 17 Yes, and if I am being poured out as a drink offering on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. 18 For the same reason you also be glad and rejoice with me.

Paul was very emotional as he anticipated his impending martyrdom for his faith in Christ. He rejoiced because “to live is Christ and to die is gain’’, Philippians 1:21. He was headed for heaven.

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Philippians, Day 4

Day 4.

Philippians 1: 18-30.

VV 19-21, 19 For I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayer and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, 20 according to my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death. 21 For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

Paul had confidence in the prayers of the Philippians Christians for him. He was not ashamed to be in chains for those trumped up charges. Christ will be gloitifed whether he lived or died. Philippians 1:21 is a great verse to commit to memory. If you live for Christ, your death will be a gain. If you live for is anything else but Christ, your death will be a total loss. When a Christian dies, he gains heaven and eternal life.

VV 22-26, 22 But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I cannot tell. 23 For I am hard-pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better. 24 Nevertheless to remain in the flesh is more needful for you. 25 And being confident of this, I know that I shall remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy of faith, 26 that your rejoicing for me may be more abundant in Jesus Christ by my coming to you again.

Paul found it hard to choose between life and death. If he lived, he lived for Christ, if he died, he will be with Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:8, “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord”. Rejoice and be confident in heaven because Christ second coming is imminent.

VV 27-30, 27 Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel, 28 and not in any way terrified by your adversaries, which is to them a proof of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that from God. 29 For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake, 30 having the same conflict which you saw in me and now hear is in me.

Paul urged the Phillipians Christians to be of good conduct, united in spirit and thoughts, faithful to the gospel, and not be afraid of tribulations. Tribulations for Christ’ sake and for righteousness’ sake is unavoidable but the reward of salvation is certain.

Matthew 5:10-12. “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you”.

John 16:33, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world”.

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Philippians Day 2

Day 2.

Philippians 1: 1-7.

VV 1-2, 1 Paul and Timothy, bondservants of Jesus Christ, To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, with the bishops and deacons: 2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

The first church in Europe is the Philippians church. The first Christian convert in Europe is Lydia. Paul addressed himself and Timothy as bondservants of Christ. Greek for bondservant is duolos, which means a slave. Paul addressed the Philippian Christians as saints, bishops, and deacons. Greek for saint is hagios, which means holy. Greek for bishop is episcopal, which means an overseer. Greek for deacons is diakonos, which means a minister. Paul pronounced grace and peace to them from God, the Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. Greek for grace is charis, which means unmerited love of God Grace is getting what we do not deserve. GRACE is God Riches at Christ’ Expense. Greek for peace is eirene, which means inner well-being.

VV 3-7, 3 I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, 4 always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, 5 for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ; 7 just as it is right for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart, inasmuch as both in my chains and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers with me of grace.

Paul thank God whenever he thought of the Philippians Christians. He was only in Philippi for several weeks and yet so many unforgettable events happened in this short period of stay and their bonding was very strong. Paul remembered them daily in prayer for joy, fellowship, and God’s enablement. They were in his heart even though he was under house arrest, chained to a Roman soldier on a 6 hourly shift, 24 hours a day, and 7 days a week.

The greatest gift that you can give to someone is to pray for that person every day, by name.

Philippians 1:6 is a good verse to memorize, “He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ”.

The day of Jesus Christ is the day of Jesus Christ’s second coming. You can believe and claim the promise of Philippians 1:6. When God started working in you, He will bring it to completion before the day of His second coming. Today, you may not even see the result of this promise, but slowly and surely God will make you into the person that will conform to His will. There will be times of waiting, testing, and preparation and this may take months, years, or even decades. Joseph waited 13 years, Paul waited 14 years, David waited for 22 years, and Moses waited 40 years before God could use them.

Paul rejoiced with the Philippians church for their partnership with him in preaching the gospel. Remember that Paul was in prison, in chains, under house arrest, awaiting trial under the brutal Roman emperor Caesar Nero. His future was very uncertain and not all optimistic, yet he rejoiced.

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