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Philippians 2:19-30

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.

Timothy is an example of a godly man, his character has been proven by how he lives.

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. 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.

Epaphroditus is another godly man, he is serving Christ with all that he has and in his service, he cared for others and for the gospel more than his own life.

They are living totally for Christ in this life and glorifying His name and God will glorify them in Heaven.

God is Glorious.

Philippians 2:12-18

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.

This is not to work to gain your own salvation, but that you have received salvation, so do the things you ought, but it is God in you that works, not just by your power.

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.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.

Here are the things you ought to do, it all goes back to being a living epistle, to not just say you are saved, but to demonstrate it in your actions.  Living a godly life, you will shine for the gospel of Christ in the midst of our crooked and perverse generation.  Shine in the darkness that is around us so that we can glorify the name of God and to draw more souls into the light.

God is Light.

Philippians 2:5-11

5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.

We aren’t told to be humble and are expect to just know what or how.  Jesus, who is God, who was with God the Father in the beginning (John 1:1-3), first showed us how, He made Himself into the form of a man, born of a human.  He put away all the power that He had as God and humbled Himself to do the will of God the Father, to die on the cross and bring salvation to us.

9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Jesus, the perfect Man, who humbled Himself to the point of death is exalted by God, He now sits at the right hand of God in Heaven and He will rule and reign in the Millennium and in the new Earth. (Revelation 20:4, Revelation 21:5-7)  Every man and beast, even those who do not believe now, will acknowledge that He is God.

God is merciful.

Philippians 2:1-4

1 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.

Besides persevering with the hope that we have in Christ, another way to conduct ourselves, worthy of the gospel of Christ, is to be humble in life and to act accordingly.  Once again, this is something else that can help us is fullfilling the commandment to “love your neighbors as you love yourself.”

Because God first loved us, we can show that love to others and in doing so, glorify the Name of God.

God is love.

Philippians 1:27-30

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,

We are not only to speak “Christianese,” we should be living a life that reflects Christ.  Jesus loves everyone and we are told to love your neighbor as yourself.  And it doesn’t matter who is watching or not, we should strive to be living epistles for 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.

Because of the hope we have in Christ and His salvation, we have nothing to fear from the enemy, that is, the Devil, he may throw all kinds of difficulties and obstacles at you, but you can rest assured that God is on your side and that He will not let you suffer from what you can not handle.  Standing strong in hard times and still conducting yourself worthy of the gospel, you will be a witness to this world.

God is merciful.

Philippians 1:19-26

19 For I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayer and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,

Pray for our missionaries, they will get comfort from knowing that their brothers are thinking of them and are supporting them.  God will give them the Spirit and power to hold on through their troubles, but we can be a part of that through prayer.

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.

Live a life that is Christ like and He will magnified.  People will see the light that shines in you and will want to know what gives you so much peace and joy through all of life’s trials and tribulations.  Ultimately, even dying, we gain eternal life and the joy of being with Jesus forever, that gives you much greater joy than anything on earth.

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.

Even though we would gain much more in death, we are not to seek it.  If we just left, it would be a very selfish thing, especially suicide, all the people that are left behind would feel sorrow and guilt.  It would not be helpful to anyone.  Rather, while living, we can share the Gospel and be a part of the furtherance of His kingdom.  He has given us so much joy in life, the least we can do is to bring a smile to our Heavenly Father’s face as we do His will while we are here.

All the time, God is good.

Philippians 1:12-18

12 But I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel, 13 so that it has become evident to the whole palace guard, and to all the rest, that my chains are in Christ; 14 and most of the brethren in the Lord, having become confident by my chains, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.

Even though Paul is a prisoner in Rome, he is spreading the Gospel.  No doubt by preaching Christ to whoever he meets and mostly be the way he lives even in prison.  He lives to serve Christ and because of it, he was persecuted, he is in chains for Christ both literally and figuratively.  This is the way we should live, not the prison part, but to serve Christ in all that we do.  It is hard to live a pure life and without hypocrisy, but whatever light we can shine, Jesus can use it to brighten a whole city or more.

15 Some indeed preach Christ even from envy and strife, and some also from goodwill: 16 The former preach Christ from selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my chains; 17 but the latter out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel. 18 What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is preached; and in this I rejoice, yes, and will rejoice.

Just like today, there were people back in Paul’s time that preached, not for the glory of God, but for personal gain.  You see it on TV all the time, the ones that asks for money or donations throughout the sermon, some even have breaks to tell you how God needs the money right now to help spread the Gospel.  God doesn’t need money, He made the world and all that is in it, including the money.  Those televangelists make me mad, I used to think that anybody who watches that will be pushed from God instead of drawn near, that they would just think Christianity is all a scam, but I have to remember that even through these selfish ambitions, God can touch the lives of the people that truely want to know Him.

God is good, all the time.

Philippians 1:1-11

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.

Paul opens his letters like all his others, with a prayer of grace and peace from Jesus.  It’s important to note that grace always comes before peace because there is no real peace until you receive the grace and forgiveness of God.

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. 8 For God is my witness, how greatly I long for you all with the affection of Jesus Christ.

God will not leave us to ourselves, once we have received Him, He will continue the work in our lives, teaching and guiding us to do that which is pleasing to Him.  It is not us that have to do the work of spreading the Good News, Jesus, who is in us, does it and through His grace, allows us to partake in the blessings.

9 And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, 10 that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, 11 being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

This is a great example of a prayer that we can offer for our brothers and sisters in Christ.  What a wonderful thing that we can do for one another, to be able to ask for more of the Spirit in our lives and for more of Him.

God is awesome.

Philippians 4:8

“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, 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 anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things.”

Have you ever noticed if you watch a scary movie, you have scary dreams, or at least a horror film like dream?  And if you was an action movie, your dream would have some kind of action in it?  That’s because it is what is on your mind and you have let into your mind.  That’s what this verse is saying to me, whatever you let in is what you’re going to be thinking about, so let in only things that are good and have virtue, this is the fuel that you burn for the light of Christ in your life.