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Philippian 4:14-23

14 Nevertheless you have done well that you shared in my distress. 15 Now you Philippians know also that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church shared with me concerning giving and receiving but you only. 16 For even in Thessalonica you sent aid once and again for my necessities. 17 Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that abounds to your account. 18 Indeed I have all and abound. I am full, having received from Epaphroditus the things sent from you, a sweet-smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God. 19 And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. 20 Now to our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.

Giving is not about the giver or the receiver, it is all about God and the glory of Jesus Christ. It maybe be the needy that we give our time and money to, but it should be in joy that we give and in the name of Jesus, because the things we are able to give was a gift itself from God. Giving to help the children of God and to further His kingdom is pleasing to God and it will be blessed. We will also be bless more to be able to give more, but more importantly, He will bless us abundantly in eternity where we will be in His presence.

21 Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren who are with me greet you. 22 All the saints greet you, but especially those who are of Caesar’s household.

23 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

God is Gracious

Philippians 4:8-13

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. 9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.

Meditating in a quiet place.

If you are constantly thinking on and thinking about good things then it will come out in whatever you do. If you thoughts are always on pure things, always on love and praiseworthy things, then it will show in what you do and how you act. Meditate and pray on these things and God will bless us in these things and help us in this endeavor. Hint: These things are in the Bible.

Thinking and doing good all the time is hard, so find a Christian brother or sister that is doing this. You can learn from them and use them as an example just like Paul was to the Philippians. Do the things that are true, noble and just, pure and lovely and you will feel the peace that only God can give.

10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at last your care for me has flourished again; though you surely did care, but you lacked opportunity.

That is what the Philippians were doing, they were showing love and care to Paul.

11 Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: 12 I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Paul is again another example we can learn from; to be content is whatever situation we are in, rich or poor, full or hungry. This doesn’t mean that if we are poor we have to stay poor or if we are hungry we have to stay hungry. Just as Paul knows how to abound, we can abound in these things, we just shouldn’t be worrying about it. God loves us and wants to bless us and as we are ready, He will bless us with all the wonderful things that he has created for us. God will give us everything we need when we need it and we can be assured that He is watching out for us. We can relax and be worry free in whatever situation or stress we are going through in life. Give it up to God and He can do all things through us.

God is Good

Philippians 4:1-7

1 Therefore, my beloved and longed-for brethren, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, beloved. 2 I implore Euodia and I implore Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. 3 And I urge you also, true companion, help these women who labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the Book of Life.

Paul is reminding them of how he loves them and how he showed his love for them.  Now he is urging them and us to show love to one another and help our fellow Christian brothers and sisters.

4 Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!

We should be very happy that we are in God’s hands and that our names are written in the Book of Life, that through Jesus, we have eternal life with Him.  Whatever hardships or difficulties we have in this world, we know that it will be over and we will have peace and abundant life with our Savior.  So, rejoice!

5 Let your gentleness be known to all men.

Not only do we help our fellow Christian brothers and sisters, we should show this love to all men and women.  The love and peace that God has freely given us, we can give to others and we would know a little of the joy that God has when He blesses us.

The Lord is at hand. 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Be thankful for the peace and love that Jesus has shown you, there is nothing to be worried about.  God is with us even though we can’t feel it sometimes, but we will soon be able to see and touch Him and bask in His glory, and His peace, and His love. I can’t wait!

God is Peace

Philippians 3:12-21

12 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. 13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
15 Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you. 16 Nevertheless, to the degree that we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us be of the same mind.

Even if we have done a lot for the kingdom of God, we are not perfect nor will we ever be, but we must press on and move forward to be what He has called us to be.  We are His handiwork, let us conform to His will and be used by Him.

17 Brethren, join in following my example, and note those who so walk, as you have us for a pattern. 18 For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: 19 whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame—who set their mind on earthly things. 20 For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.

Jesus is the King of kings and the Lord of lords, we have received Him into our hearts and have declared Him the King of our lives, that is why we are subjects of His kingdom and citizens of heaven.  Just as being an American, we set our minds on American customs and laws, not some other country’s.  Since we are also citizens of heaven we should set our minds on things that are of heaven.

God is King of all kings

Philippians 3:1-11

1 Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. For me to write the same things to you is not tedious, but for you it is safe.2 Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the mutilation! 3 For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh,

Christians are circumcised in the spirit, meaning we have cut off the flesh and fleshly desires.  This relates directly to God’s command to Abraham to circumcise himself and his descendants, it is a symbol of dying to oneself and throwing away fleshly desires.  We should not rely on that part anymore but rely on the Spirit and Jesus who we can put our trust and confidence in.

4 though I also might have confidence in the flesh. If anyone else thinks he may have confidence in the flesh, I more so: 5 circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews; concerning the law, a Pharisee; 6 concerning zeal, persecuting the church; concerning the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.7 But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. 8 Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish,

If anyone has anything to boast about in the flesh, it is Paul, he born a Jew, a direct descendant of Abraham.  He followed the law and the ten commandments to the tee, you can’t find a fault in him, he went so far as persecuting Christian when he was a Pharisee because he thought they were heretics.  He was completely righteousness… in the eyes of man, but in the eyes of God, he is nothing, because Jesus is the truly righteous and perfect man.  After knowing Christ, Paul thought of all he has done as nothing, worst than nothing even.

that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; 10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, 11 if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.

To be righteous in the eyes of God is easier than ever, it is through faith in Christ, He will cleanse us from our sins and give us the power to live for Him and the hope of life with Him in eternity.

God is Righteous

Philippians

The church at Philippi started when Paul and Silas visited there after the Spirit called them to preach the gospel there. (Acts 16:6-10)  They preached to the Jews first, the ones that were praying on the sabbath (Acts 16:11-15), then also to the Gentiles.  The devil was trying to hinder their work there, but God who uses all things for good, made even their imprisonment a catalyst for spreading the gospel. (Acts 16:16-34)  This was the beginning of the Philippian church, they only got stronger.

They have sent Paul money to help in his ministry and knowing that Paul was in prison in Rome, they sent a brother in Christ to help.  Paul wrote the letter to thank them for their generosity and to encourage them in their work for the gospel.  As with anything human, there are a couple of problems that have arisen that Paul is addressing in the letter.

Philippi laid on the great Roman road, Egnatian Way, and sits on a range that separates Asia and Europe.  It’s strategic location is not only great for the Romans in defense of its empire, but also great for spreading the gospel as many traveling to and from Asia and Europe would be able to bring the Truth with them.  The Philippian colonists were also great loyal Romans and Paul used this to illustrate that our citizenship is in Heaven, so we should act accordingly.

The overriding message is that Christ is the ultimate value, whether in state of freedom, happiness, and comfort or like Paul, in confinement, uncertainty, and mistreatment, we are live for Christ, for “to live is Christ.” (Philippians 1:21)

Jesus is Joy

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.