March 27th Phillipians Teaching

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Paul is in Rome and in jail when he wrote to the Phillipians Starting in Chapter 2 is “Therefore”. Therefore is another way of saying “Because of this” so we need to back up and look to say what Paul is saying because of this for.

Striving and Suffering for Christ
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.
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When the Jews came across the Jordan, their reputation preceded them. They were known by many by their God. They were known by their adversaries.

Charis = Grace

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.
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Grace of salvation and grace of suffering. The Phillipians saw Paul persecuted in Phillipi and now he is persecuted in Rome.

Paul doesn’t just offer up some pious platitudes; the man is a practitioner. In fact, in 1:30 he uses himself as an example and indicates the Philippians have seen him suffer. Nearly ten years earlier they had seen Paul thrown into a Philippian jail and then run out of town for his faith (Acts 16:16-40). And now at the time of this writing he is in prison in Rome.39 Yet, Paul counts suffering for the gospel a grace gift. The reason: Suffering changed his life and shaped his eternal perspective.

Philippians 2
New King James Version (NKJV) Unity Through Humility
2Cor 1:15 2Cor 13:11

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Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, 2 fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. 3 Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. 4 Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.

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and so fulfill the law of Christ. if anyone has a complaint against another. if a man is overtaken in any trespass. kindness. their needs. 2 Bear one another’s burdens. when he is nothing. Paul talks about this more in verses 5 through 11. 14 But above all these things put on love. What are the interests of others? Their welfare. their salvation. Not only was this communicated to them. James also communicates this as well. 12 James 5:19-20 New King James Version (NKJV) Bring Back the Erring One Brethren. so you also must do. put on tender mercies. do all in the name of the Lord Jesus. to which also you were called in one body. giving thanks to God the Father through Him. humility. and forgiving one another. The following verses echo the sentiment that Paul is communicating to the Philippians. Verse 3: **Just as Christ lowered himself to the form of a man. and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone. holy and beloved. 3 For if anyone thinks himself to be something. longsuffering. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom. their comfort. teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs. and Colossians. etc. considering yourself lest you also be tempted. 13 bearing with one another. you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness. 4 But let each one examine his own work. he deceives himself. but also the Galatians. Colossians 3:12-17 New King James Version (NKJV) Character of the New Man Therefore. This was the job of the servant when entering the house. 17 And whatever you do in word or deed. and not in another. 19 [a]  Is there someone in your life that you can “bear the burden for”? How can you do this daily? March 27th. meekness. even as Christ forgave you. 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts. and someone turns him back. Ephesians. as the elect of God. 20 let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins. singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. not the job of the Master. which is the bond of perfection. Phillipians teaching Page 2 . and be thankful. Galatians 6 New King James Version (NKJV) Bear and Share the Burdens 6 Brethren.  Verse 4: **The interest of others. if anyone among you wanders from the truth. Christ also humbled himself to wash the feet of his disciples. 5 For each one shall bear his own load. so are we to humble ourselves.

14  Mordecai discovered the plot of the eunuchs that were trying to kill the king. not someone that is served. 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow. even the death of the cross. 16 holding fast the word of life. but now much more in my absence. and being of no reputation. 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. but he did not complain of dispute this. Philippians 2 New King James Version (NKJV) Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name. did not consider it robbery to be equal with God. He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death. of those in heaven. Allowing himself to be born in a manger. 6 who. 8 And being found in appearance as a man. Even though He was fully God. He was obedient even to His death and the manner of His death. to the glory of God the Father. 7 but made Himself of no reputation. 12 Do all things without complaining and disputing. and of those under the earth. He brought himself into the likeness of men. children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation. etc. He came to serve others despite His sovereignty. Phillipians teaching Page 3 . His deed was written in the March 27th.Philippians 2 New King James Version (NKJV) The Humbled and Exalted Christ Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus. He took on the role of a servant. The Creator became His creation in every way. He asked if there was another way.  Obedience in attitude. and now Jesus brought himself into our likeness and appearance. who is fully God. 9 Light Bearers Therefore. His good deed toward the king was not rewarded right away. government. but He still was obedient and went through it. He knew that to hang a tree meant that He was considered cursed. He was obedient in every way. taking the form of a bondservant. He was obedient to God. among whom you shine as lights in the world. so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain. while He was in the garden of Gethsemane. and didn’t have to die for our sins. being in the form of God. and coming in the likeness of men. He knew the pain and the suffering He was about to bear. not as in my presence only. my beloved. 15 that you may become blameless and harmless. work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. 5  **Jesus. Detached himself from his environment and came in the form of a man. parents. and of those on earth. humbled himself and removed himself from His glorious kingdom. He did.13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure. as you have always obeyed. We were initially created in His image.

Again. that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. there is no complaining by Job. Since Jesus fulfilled the Old Testament worship practices. offering it to God instead. For then you will make your way prosperous. when Satan entered His presence. “Oh. He mentions that he is thirsty for water from a specific well. etc. drew water from the well of Bethlehem that was by the gate. During a time of war. that I should do this! Is this not the blood of the men who went in jeopardy of their lives?” Therefore he would not drink it. that someone would give me a drink of the water from the well of Bethlehem. oxen. nor be dismayed. he felt that the risk the men took was so great that he was not worthy to taste the water.14 David was then in the stronghold. 2 Samuel 23:13-17 13 New King James Version (NKJV) Then three of the thirty chief men went down at harvest time and came to David at the cave of Adullam. 15 And David said with longing. with 19 other references in the Old Testament. only to have our work destroyed… Yes. and if I am being poured out as a drink offering on the sacrifice and service of your faith. Nevertheless he would not drink it. David pours it out on the ground as an offering to God. and the garrison of the Philistines was then in Bethlehem. However. 17 Drink Offering: o A drink offering was a libation of wine that was poured over the alter or used with meat offerings as part of the Jewish worship rituals. Phillipians teaching Page 4 . Instructions for its use occur over 45 times in the Jewish law.  Joshua 1:8-9 o 8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth. (1 Chronicles 11:17-19 and 2 Samuel 23:13-17). but he did not. and children. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage.”  Run or Labor in Vain o What is something that we do that could be done in vain? All that work. referring to him willingly pouring out his life as a drink-offering to God. Apparently. I am glad and rejoice with you all. but poured it out to the LORD. O LORD. Both were made by Paul. and took it and brought it to David. 17 And he said. servants. Even though Mordecai was not rewarded right away. Job is called “blameless” when Satan enters God’s presence. draw water from that well. In Chapter 1 verse 21. instead of drinking it with gratitude. and return to David with it. but you shall meditate in it day and night. (Philippians 2:17 and 2 Timothy 4:6). and then you will have good success. Then Job lost his property (sheep. it is not surprising that are only two mentions of drink offerings in the New Testament. there is a curious story of King David. for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go. he only blesses the Lord. He continued to serve the king. he did not harden his heart or have a bad attitude. donkeys.book of the chronicles (Esther 2:21-23). And the troop of Philistines encamped in the Valley of Rephaim. Job’s health was affected (painful boils head to toe) and his wife told him to curse God.  Look at the life of Job. It wasn’t until later that Mordecai was rewarded for his task that he did as a servant of the king (Esther 6:11) Mordecai’s reward that they king gave him was also performed by his enemy. 18 For the same reason you also be glad and rejoice with me. “Far be it from me. labor. In Job 1:8 he is called “blameless” by the Lord. Three of his mighty warriors break through enemy lines. March 27th. which is by the gate!” 16 So the three mighty men broke through the camp of the Philistines. do not be afraid.

March 27th. and the garrison of the Philistines was then in Bethlehem.These things were done by the three mighty men.17 And David said with longing. “Oh. 1 Chronicles 11:15-19 New King James Version (NKJV) 15 Now three of the thirty chief men went down to the rock to David. drew water from the well of Bethlehem that was by the gate. that I should do this! Shall I drink the blood of these men who have put their lives in jeopardy? For at the risk of their lives they brought it. that someone would give me a drink of water from the well of Bethlehem. Phillipians teaching Page 5 . O my God. 16 David was then in the stronghold. Nevertheless David would not drink it. and the army of the Philistines encamped in the Valley of Rephaim. and took it and brought it to David. “Far be it from me. 19 And he said. into the cave of Adullam. which is by the gate!” 18 So the three broke through the camp of the Philistines.” Therefore he would not drink it. These things were done by the three mighty men. but poured it out to the LORD.

but he himself stayed in Asia for a time. Early on in the letter. Since Epaphroditus went to take care of Paul’s needs. Timothy Timothy was Paul’s disciple. the son of a certain Jewish woman who believed. Acts 18:4-6 (in Context) Acts 18 (Whole Chapter)  Acts 19:22 So he sent into Macedonia two of those who ministered to him. Acts 20:3-5 (in Context) Acts 20 (Whole Chapter)  Romans 16:21 [ Greetings from Paul’s Friends ] Timothy. Acts 16:1 [ Timothy Joins Paul and Silas ] Then he came to Derbe and Lystra. Romans 16:20-22 (in Context) Romans 16 (Whole Chapter) March 27th. a certain disciple was there. he wrote to them concerning these things. 18 Paul was setting up a foundation of teaching that would also be taught by Timothy once he arrived in Phillipi. Because Paul could not send Timothy right away. Phillipians teaching Page 6 . Paul was compelled by the Spirit. and Lucius. my fellow worker. and Sosipater. my countrymen. Jason. but his father was Greek. and Timothy. Paul assures the Philippians that Timothy would be coming back to visit them. Acts 17:13-15 (in Context) Acts 17 (Whole Chapter)  Acts 17:15 So those who conducted Paul brought him to Athens. He is mentioned all throughout the New Testament and Paul took the time to write two personal letters to him that is found in the New Testament. may have requested that Timothy come and visit them.Part 2 – Philippians Chapter 2 Chapter 1 through Chapter 2 vs. Acts 17:14-16 (in Context) Acts 17 (Whole Chapter)  Acts 18:5 When Silas and Timothy had come from Macedonia. greet you. Timothy and Epaphroditus are two very good examples of what disciples should be and how we can follow their example while being discipled. And behold. the Philippians. since Paul was stuck in prison. If we are discipling another. Acts 16:1-3 (in Context) Acts 16 (Whole Chapter)  Acts 17:14 Then immediately the brethren sent Paul away. they departed. but both Silas and Timothy remained there. and Gaius of Derbe. Timothy and Erastus. Paul shows how to father/mother a disciple in the faith and to exhort them in the faith. to go to the sea. Acts 19:21-23 (in Context) Acts 19 (Whole Chapter)  Acts 20:4 And Sopater of Berea accompanied him to Asia—also Aristarchus and Secundus of the Thessalonians. and testified to the Jews that Jesus is the Christ. and receiving a command for Silas and Timothy to come to him with all speed. named Timothy. and Tychicus and Trophimus of Asia. but not right away.

see that he may be with you without fear. and our fellow laborer in the gospel of Christ. 1 Corinthians 4:17 For this reason I have sent Timothy to you. Silvanus. and that you always have good remembrance of us. as we also to see you— 1 Thessalonians 3:5-7 (in Context) 1 Thessalonians 3 (Whole Chapter)  2 Thessalonians 1:1 [ Greeting ] Paul. with all the saints who are in all Achaia: 2 Corinthians 1:1-3 (in Context) 2 Corinthians 1 (Whole Chapter)  2 Corinthians 1:19 For the Son of God. and Timothy our brother. as I teach everywhere in every church. as I also do. 1 Thessalonians 3:1-3 (in Context) 1 Thessalonians 3 (Whole Chapter)  1 Thessalonians 3:6 [ Encouraged by Timothy ] But now that Timothy has come to us from you. for he does the work of the Lord. 2 Corinthians 1:18-20 (in Context) 2 Corinthians 1 (Whole Chapter)  Philippians 1:1 [ Greeting ] Paul and Timothy. and Timothy—was not Yes and No. bondservants of Jesus Christ. To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi. To the church of God which is at Corinth. Colossians 1:1-3 (in Context) Colossians 1 (Whole Chapter)  1 Thessalonians 1:1 [ Greeting ] Paul. To the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: 2 Thessalonians 1:1-3 (in Context) 2 Thessalonians 1 (Whole Chapter) March 27th. who was preached among you by us—by me. and Timothy our brother. 1 Thessalonians 1:1-3 (in Context) 1 Thessalonians 1 (Whole Chapter)  1 Thessalonians 3:2 and sent Timothy. Jesus Christ. our brother and minister of God. Philippians 2:18-20 (in Context) Philippians 2 (Whole Chapter)  Colossians 1:1 [ Greeting ] Paul. an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God. to establish you and encourage you concerning your faith. Phillipians teaching Page 7 . Silvanus. with the bishops and deacons: Philippians 1:1-3 (in Context) Philippians 1 (Whole Chapter)  Philippians 2:19 [ Timothy Commended ] But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you shortly. and brought us good news of your faith and love. Silvanus. 1 Corinthians 16:9-11 (in Context) 1 Corinthians 16 (Whole Chapter)  2 Corinthians 1:1 [ Greeting ] Paul. that I also may be encouraged when I know your state. and Timothy. 1 Corinthians 4:16-18 (in Context) 1 Corinthians 4 (Whole Chapter)  1 Corinthians 16:10 And if Timothy comes. greatly desiring to see us. but in Him was Yes. who will remind you of my ways in Christ. and Timothy. an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God. who is my beloved and faithful son in the Lord.

Timothy Commended But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you shortly. a beloved son: Grace. a true son in the faith: Grace. 1 Timothy 1:17-19 (in Context) 1 Timothy 1 (Whole Chapter)  1 Timothy 6:20 [ Guard the Faith ] O Timothy! Guard what was committed to your trust. o We are to be like that in our relationship with Christ March 27th. 2 Timothy 1:1-3 (in Context) 2 Timothy 1 (Whole Chapter)  2 Timothy 1:3 [ Timothy’s Faith and Heritage ] I thank God. with whom I shall see you if he comes shortly. and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. 1 Timothy 1:2 To Timothy. whom I serve with a pure conscience. that I also may be encouraged when I know your state. son Timothy. The words “like him” are really one word in Greek. Phillipians teaching Page 8 . as my forefathers did. that by them you may wage the good warfare. 2 Timothy 1:2-4 (in Context) 2 Timothy 1 (Whole Chapter)  Philemon 1:1 [ Greeting ] Paul. but something that he believes is the will of God The phrase “in the Lord Jesus” (en kurio Iesou) recognizes that Jesus . there simply isn’t anyone on the same level as this man. as without ceasing I remember you in my prayers night and day. literally equal souled. a prisoner of Christ Jesus. and Timothy our brother. and peace from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord. Philemon 1:1-3 (in Context) Philemon 1 (Whole Chapter)  Hebrews 13:23 Know that our brother Timothy has been set free. 19   The word trust or hope (elpizo) is not a wishful thought. It means that Timothy is going to the Philippians in the authority of the exalted Lord to encourage the church to walk in the directives mentioned earlier in Chapter 1:27-2:18 20 For I have no one like-minded.” The term is rare and means to be in complete agreement with someone in the contest of a personal relationship. Hebrews 13:22-24 (in Context) Hebrews 13 (Whole Chapter)  Acts 16-20 talks about Timothy’s time spent being Paul’s disciple and spreading the gospel. mercy. To Philemon our beloved friend and fellow laborer.  The expression no one (oudena) is emphatic in the Greek text and stresses the quality of Timothy in the eyes of Paul. having poured out his life unto death. has subsequently been exalted to the place of universal Lord. 1 Timothy 1:1-3 (in Context) 1 Timothy 1 (Whole Chapter)  1 Timothy 1:18 [ Fight the Good Fight ] This charge I commit to you. who will sincerely cares[deep concern] for your state. avoiding the profane and idle babblings and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge— 1 Timothy 6:19-21 (in Context) 1 Timothy 6 (Whole Chapter)  2 Timothy 1:2 To Timothy. mercy. according to the prophecies previously made concerning you.

and Christ-like. There simply were not many people who genuinely sought the needs and interests of others ahead of themselves. Such attitudes are completely consistent with Jesus’ humility expressed in 2:6-11. Paul was like a father to Timothy and Timothy was like a son to Paul. we make known to you the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia: 2 that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded in the riches of their liberality. They are “equal-souled” in their concern for the welfare of the Philippians and the furtherance of the cause of Christ. There was no discord between the two. Timothy was a crucial person in Paul’s ministry. o Are we like Timothy. as soon as I see how it goes with me. 3 For I bear witness that according to their ability. they are legitimate and “genuine” children. 21 For all seek their own. The related adjective gnesios occurs four times. and then to us by the will of God. 4 imploring us with much urgency that we would receive the gift and the fellowship of the ministering to the saints. 22   The term “character” (dokimen) means “proven character” as evidenced under testing. but none of them possessed the qualifications necessary to deliver the letter and motivate the church to obedience and unity. 8 Moreover. not the things which are of Christ Jesus. Many times this was expressed in the letters that Paul wrote to other churches and in the letters he wrote to Timothy as well. He was like minded with Paul and worked in unity with him. but they first gave themselves to the Lord. This process is highlighted in 2 Cor 8:2 where Paul actually talks about “testing” in reference to the persecution the Macedonian churches were undergoing. It si a rare thing indeed to find a Christian who possesses the same attitude as his Lord. o How can we reflect this in our ministry? But you know his proven character[qualifications]. unity. It can refer to the process of testing or to the product one gets after the testing is finished. Timothy is genuinely interested in the Philippians because he is genuine son of Paul.   o Our relationship in marriage Timothy has the same love and concern for the Philippians as Paul does. yes. It is used by Paul in 1 Tem 1:2 and Titus 1:4 to refer to Timothy and Titus as “true” sons of the apostle in the faith..    Not everyone available to Paul is so other’s-centered to like and ministry There may have been people willing and available in the Roman church. Timothy has a profound and genuine concern for this struggling church. The adverb “deep” (gnesios) occurs only once in the New Testament and means “sincerely” or “genuinely”. and beyond their ability. i.5 And not only as we had hoped. that as a son with his father he served with me in the gospel. brethren. But I trust in the Lord that I myself shall also come shortly. [a] 23 Therefore I hope to send him at once. they were freely willing.e. It can refer to children born in wedlock. It is the perfect example of how someone should be disciple and how we should be with those that God has placed over us to be discipled. or like the “others” in the church not other’s centered? “The things which are of Christ Jesus” includes the church’s humility. 24 March 27th. Phillipians teaching Page 9 . “othercentered” character.

that when you see him again you may rejoice. and hold such men in esteem. to express his deep longing to visit this young struggling pastor. Paul also uses it as he recalled the teas of his dear friend Timothy. and spiritual agony suffered by Jesus in the face of his impending arrest. because for the work of Christ he came close to death. not regarding his life. braving the uncertain journey and laying down his life to accomplish what needed to be done. it is vital that you complete the mission that you were sent for. When you are sent as an ambassador. 25   Epaphroditus was an ambassador for Paul. Word used for distressed – same word used to reference the internal. Epaphroditus was sent by the Phillipians to deliver a gift to Paul and during his journey to tend to Paul’s needs and spread the gospel. “trial”. but also to have one of his disciples die because he traveled 100’s of miles to deliver a gift would add to his sorrow.Epaphroditus ~Wikipedia Epaphroditus Praised Yet I considered it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus. and death by crucifixion Epaphroditus may have been distressed because his people knew that he had become sick. 29 Receive him therefore in the Lord with all gladness. so he sent Epaphroditus instead. and was distressed (ademonon) because you had heard that he was sick. he got sick. March 27th. emotional. 26    Words used for longing – Paul uses this same word to express his deep desire to visit the Roman church and in 2 Cor 5:2 he employs it to refer to his deep affection for the Philippians. Phillipians teaching Page 10 . since he was longing (epipothon) for you all. and I may be less sorrowful. but your messenger and the one who ministered to my need. but God had mercy on him. Paul couldn’t send Timothy right away. and not only on him but on me also. The mercy was extended to Epaphroditus and Paul Therefore I sent him the more eagerly. 27   28 It was hard enough for Paul to be in prison. near death. Think that he may have not accomplished what he had set out to do and become more of a burden than a blessing For indeed he was sick almost unto death. Word reached the Phillipians that he had gotten sick. my brother. Also. and fellow soldier. fellow worker. to supply what was lacking in your service toward me. 30  Paul directs the Phillipians to receive Epaphroditus with honor because he accomplished what he had set out to do. lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow.

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