While in prison, Paul writes a letter to his friends in Philippi to thank them for their generous gifts. This letter is a rejoicing in faith. It is a letter of joy.
On his second missionary journey, Paul the Apostle and his helpers Silas and Timothy visited the ancient city of Philippi.
During their brief visit, Paul led several people to faith in Jesus Christ, including a prominent business woman named Lydia and as well as a jailer and his whole household. Paul also exorcized a demon from a slave girl.
Paul and company soon left, but a church was established. Over the years, that church helped Paul many times, especially by sending him money to help fund some new outreach.
Years later, probably while Paul was imprisoned in Rome between 59 and 63 AD, the Apostle writes a letter to his friends in Philippi to thank them for their generous gifts.
And while writing anyway, Paul took the opportunity to address some of the problems in their Church.
This beautiful letter is rich in insights into Paul’s theology and his apostolic love and concern for the gospel and his converts.
Paul reveals his human sensitivity and tenderness, his enthusiasm for Christ as the key to life and death, and his deep feeling for his friends in Philippi.
With them he shares his hopes and convictions, his anxieties and fears, revealing the total confidence in Jesus Christ that constitutes faith.
The letter incorporates a hymn about the salvation that God has brought about through Jesus Christ.
Philippians has been termed “the letter of joy.”
This letter is a rejoicing in faith, based on the understanding of Jesus Christ’s role in the salvation of all who profess his lordship.
Philippians 1:21. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
Philippians 2:3. doing nothing through rivalry or through conceit, but in humility, each counting others better than himself;
Philippians 2:4. each of you not just looking to his own things, but each of you also to the things of others.
Philippians 2:13. For it is God who works in you both to will and to work, for his good pleasure.
Philippians 2:14. Do all things without complaining and arguing,
Philippians 3:8. Yes most certainly, and I count all things to be a loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus, my Lord, for whom I suffered the loss of all things, and count them nothing but refuse, that I may gain Christ
Philippians 3:10. that I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, becoming conformed to his death,
Philippians 3:13. Brothers, I don’t regard myself as yet having taken hold, but one thing I do: Forgetting the things which are behind, and stretching forward to the things which are before,
Philippians 3:14. I press on toward the goal for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:20. For our citizenship is in heaven, from where we also wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,
Philippians 4:4. Rejoice in the Lord always! Again I will say, “Rejoice!”
Philippians 4:6. In nothing be anxious, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.
Philippians 4:7. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:8. Finally, brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things are honorable, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report: if there is any virtue and if there is any praise, think about these things.
Philippians 4:13. I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.
Philippians 4:19. My God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
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