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Philippians 1:3

Philippians 1:3

Paul understood that without Christ he was nothing - but that he could do all things through Christ, Who strengthened him, for His grace is sufficient. And Paul rejoiced with great joy when he remembered the Christians who had heard and believed the glorious gospel of grace, and had started on their life-long journey towards spiritual maturity and Christian understanding. How he rejoiced to know that these believers in Philippi were growing in grace and in read more...

Philippians 1:5

Philippians 1:5

Paul was commissioned to take the glorious gospel of grace to the gentiles, but his thoughts, prayers and supplication often turned joyfully toward the body of believing saints. His heart rejoiced knowing they were his partners in the gospel of Jesus Christ, from the moment they trusted Him as Saviour.

We are all members of Christ's body and like the Philippians Christians are also partners in the glorious gospel of grace - for we read more...

Philippians 1:6

Philippians 1:6

Every man and woman born of the Spirit is being conformed into the image of the Lord Jesus. This sanctification process, which started at rebirth, will be carried forward to full completion and beautiful perfection in the day that Jesus comes to take His own to be with Himself. Each child of God is being perfected, for God is perfect, but the work that is being carried out within the life of each believer is a work of God, not a work of our own flesh. God alone read more...

Philippians 1:7

Philippians 1:7

Paul had great affection for the Philippian believers, as he did for all those who had trusted Christ, according to the gospel of grace. Whether he was imprisoned for his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, travelling on his missionary journeys to far flung places.. or simply employed in his craft of tent-making, Paul's heart was ever open in intercessions and prayer towards his fellow believers.

As believers in Christ we are all part read more...

Philippians 1:8

Philippians 1:8

The gospel of the grace of God, where Christ was sent from heaven to become our kinsman Redeemer, (and the sin-substitute for mankind), is the adhesive that binds believers together in the perfect bond of unity - and in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Paul developed a Christ-like attitude of prayer, praise and intercessions for all whose lives had been so radically impacted and eternally changed by the good news of the read more...

Philippians 1:9

Philippians 1:9

Paul’s love for the body of Christ was a deep love that reflected the love he had for His Saviour and Lord. He grieved when they were slow of heart to learn; reprimanded them when they fell into sin; corrected them when they were lured into error; rejoiced with them as they grew in grace and instructed them, so they would become increasingly mature in the faith.

Paul’s great desire for the saints at Philippi was that they became rooted and grounded read more...

Philippians 1:10

Philippians 1:10

Despite his imprisonment, Paul delights in the fellowship of the gospel, and discovers an inner holy joy that comes from tenderly keeping the saints of God in his loving thoughts and holding them in his heart. But Paul's love for his brothers and sisters in Christ overspills into earnest prayer for them all.

Paul prays that their love for God and their love towards each other might expand and overflow in all knowledge, discernment read more...

Philippians 1:11

Philippians 1:11

The work of salvation, which changes a sinner into a saint and transfers a person from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of God’s dear Son, is a once-for-all work of God Himself in the life of a believer. Justification has nothing to do with our own merit or good works but has everything to do with trusting in the finished work of Jesus Christ on Calvary’s cross. He did it on our account freely and without cost – so that He could carry out His read more...

Philippians 1:12

Philippians 1:12

No matter what circumstances we find ourselves to be in and however problematic, distressing or frightening our situation may become, we may be sure that every day that passes can be used by God for good.. and every happening in our lives is an opportunity for the greater progress of the gospel.

On his first visit to these believers at Philippi, Paul was flung into jail, but his midnight songs of rejoicing resulted in the read more...

Philippians 1:13

Philippians 1:13

Paul had to endure many severe hardships and unjust imprisonments in his service to Christ, but we discover that his response to the difficulties and injustices that stalked his life - display a deep understanding of God's greater plan for his life and a godly joy in his heart - knowing that his own hardships would be used for the glory of God and to forward the good news of the gospel of grace, to a lost and dying world.

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Philippians 1:14

Philippians 1:14

God uses the most absurd equipment and seemingly inappropriate circumstances as the catalyst to spread the gospel of Christ in the most unexpected places.

Just as He used David's sling, Gideon's pots, Balaam's donkey and the staff of Moses.. God used the chains that bound Paul and his imprisonment in Rome, as the most effective tool to spread the good news of the death and resurrection of our Saviour Jesus Christ, to many Roman read more...

Philippians 1:15

Philippians 1:15

Paul had been called as Christ's apostle to the gentiles and appointed by the Father to be entrusted with the hidden mysteries of the Church and much church-age doctrine, which is so vital for our spiritual growth today.

Paul was wonderfully used of the Lord to write a significant portion of the New Testament scriptures and yet throughout his ministry we discover many individual critics of Paul, and various groups who were openly read more...

Philippians 1:16

Philippians 1:16

Paul's dedication in proclaiming the gospel of God, and his deep love for the Christians at Philippi is very evident in the opening verses of his epistle. Although writing to them from prison, Paul wanted to reassure these believers that despite his incarceration in a Roman jail, the gospel of God was continuing to be spread abroad. Paul's letter was to encourage them to stand strong in the faith - even in the midst of great trouble and strife.

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Philippians 1:17

Philippians 1:17

Paul had just explained to the Philippian believers that there were two types of teachers who were giving good instruction about the glorious gospel of grace – but the motives of these two groups were diametrically opposite.

The first group were preaching the gospel of Christ Jesus for no better reason than out of envy and strife. They read more...

Philippians 1:18

Philippians 1:18

Much within the church epistles is designed to refute false teachings and a distorted gospel. Not only do we find Paul challenging the manipulation of the good news of Christ by legalists, liberalist and gnostics alike.. but he also identifies others who were jealous of his apostolic calling, They were teaching the true gospel out of jealousy and resentment of God's unique calling upon Paul's life.

Paul could have lost heart, read more...

Philippians 1:19

Philippians 1:19

Love is reflected in unity just as envy and strife are the opposite sides of the same coin. Paul rejoiced to know that the gospel of Christ was being shed abroad.. (even though some teachers opposed Paul's ministry and taught about Jesus out of envy and strife), for Paul rejoiced that men and women were being saved by grace through faith in Christ.

When the gospel of grace was taught by those that opposed Paul's read more...

Philippians 1:20

Philippians 1:20

The earnest desire of Paul's heart was to know Christ more, to live for Him, to die daily to self and if necessary to give his life for the precious Saviour he loved so dearly. The deep desire of Paul's inner being was to be his utmost for the glory of Christ Jesus, so that others would come to know Him as their Lord and Saviour - as Paul irrevocably surrendered his all to his Lord.

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Philippians 1:21

Philippians 1:21

Paul's purpose and philosophy in life was to live for Christ, and even when buffeted by storms, maligned by his enemies, confined to a prison cell or facing death, he had one fixed purpose and plan in life - to live for the glory of Christ and to preach the word of truth, for he knew that nothing in heaven or earth could separate him from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus.

For me to live in Christ and to die is read more...

Philippians 1:22

Philippians 1:22

It was in the city of Philippi that Paul told the jailer at midnight: believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved, and Paul had the joy of seeing this man and all his family place their trust in the Lord Jesus Christ. What a joyful memory this must have been for Paul.. as he wrote his letter to the Philippian Christians, some ten years after that jailor's glorious conversion.

But as Paul wrote his epistle we read more...

Philippians 1:23

Philippians 1:23

Paul was a man that loved His Lord with a passion that is rarely seen, and he simply longed to be with His Saviour, but Paul also had a deep compulsion to tell others about the One Person Who could save and sanctify a lost sinner. Paul had a dilemma.. Is it better to live or better to die? Death held no dread for Paul for he knew that his physical death is simply a gateway into the eternal presence of the glorified Lord, Whom he loved so dearly. But read more...

Philippians 1:24

Philippians 1:24

Paul's incarceration in a Roman prison greatly assisted in the spreading of the gospel to many people in Rome, including the praetorian guard. His courage in the face of danger spurred other believers to follow in his footsteps and preach Christ crucified. He was not intimidated by threats, nor was he fearful of what man - or Cesar could do to him. Paul's intrepid attitude encouraged other believers to share the good news of Christ's sacrificial death read more...

Philippians 1:25

Philippians 1:25

Paul had been flung into prison for defending the gospel, but rather than having a negative effect on the church, he rejoiced because his imprisonment accelerated the spread of the gospel. It emboldened certain believers to proclaim the message of Christ fearlessly, and even Ceasar's elite, praetorian guard, heard the good news of Jesus Christ and Him crucified, because Paul's was in their custody.

Paul was convinced read more...

Philippians 1:27

Philippians 1:27

Paul's love for all the Christians at Philippi is very evident, for he keeps them in his thoughts, in his heart and in his prayers. Paul's dear desire is that these believers grow strong in the Lord and in the power of His might and that they know the joy of the Lord Jesus in their heart, as an abiding presence - and so Paul is writing to this little band of believers while being chained-up in a Roman prison-cell, to offer encouragement in their Christian life and read more...

Philippians 1:27

Philippians 1:27

In his letter to his brothers and sisters in Philippi, Paul reassures these believers that rather than being a hindrance to the furtherance of the Gospel of Christ, his chains of imprisonment were resulting in a significant spreading of the gospel - even to the Roman guards.

The Lord Jesus Christ is Paul's joy and delight - for him to live is Christ.. while to die is gain. But Paul knew that while there was still life in his body, read more...

Philippians 1:28

Philippians 1:28

There are many opponents and adversaries, that can assail the believer in their walk of faith. Satan is a roaring lion who prowls around, seeking whom he may devour, while the tempting treats of this fallen world system, are vicious traps with razor-edged barbs - which are designed to entrap the carnal Christian, who is not walking in spirit and truth. However, we should never be alarmed by their tricky stratagems - knowing that Christ has won the victory.

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Philippians 1:29

Philippians 1:29

It was not only Jesus Who explained that the Christian life would entail much suffering but also Peter, James, and the apostle Paul. Suffering for Christ' sake and enduring many trials and tribulations on His account is part of the worthy walk of the normal Christian life.. for we have not only been given the wonderful advantages of trusting in Christ for salvation, but also the holy privilege of suffering for Him

We have been read more...

Philippians 2:1

Philippians 2:1

Throughout his writings the apostle Paul emphasises the importance of Christians living together in spiritual unity and godly harmony. He reminds us that spirituality and godliness is manifested in a life that is emptied of self and is filled with Christ - a life that is walking in spirit and truth and in dependence upon the Father - a life that produces the beautiful fruit of righteousness in the power of the Holy Spirit.

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Philippians 2:2

Philippians 2:2

In order for believers to be united together in love and joy, peace and harmony, we are to let the mind of Christ dwell in us richly and to display the same beautiful disposition that Jesus displayed, in His earthly life.

As the body of Christ, we should be of one mind, one spirit and one heart, but it is only as we are transformed into the likeness of Christ, by the power of the Holy Spirit, will we be able to discern what is read more...

Philippians 2:3

Philippians 2:3

There are certain threats that are common to all Christian churches that are identified at Philippi. One is the infiltration of false teachers whose outward appearance is that of a gentle lamb but inwardly are ravening wolves seeking to shed blood, destroy souls, and accumulate dishonest gain - and we are instructed to identify such teachers by their bitter fruit. The second problem is internal division, which endangers the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace read more...

Philippians 2:4

Philippians 2:4

Paul knew that one of the keys that contributes to Christian joy and walking in fellowship with the Lord is that brothers in Christ are kind and considerate to one another - having the love of Christ in their hearts and being one in spirit and like-minded in purpose.

He knew that an unselfish attitude of heart and humbleness of spirit towards our brothers and sisters in Christ was a key to maintaining our joy in the Lord - and so read more...

Philippians 2:5

Philippians 2:5

The joy of the Lord is our strength and we are called to rejoice evermore, to pray without ceasing and in everything give thanks.. for this is God's will for all His children. And as believers we are called to live in unity with one another, but all too often people can deliberately or unintentionally quench our joy, causing our mind to spin out of control and our spirits to become discouraged - and so we are called to let the Word of Christ dwell in us richly and read more...

Philippians 2:6

Philippians 2:6

Christ is.. and always has been the eternal Word of God, Who was and is and is to come the Almighty. In essence; form; character and attributes He is fully God and He remains the God of all gods and Light of all lights. The Son of God does not simply resemble God but He is equal with the Father - equal in every aspect of His deity, His majesty and His character. Christ is the incarnate Word - and the Word was made flesh and tabernacled among the people that He read more...

Philippians 2:7

Philippians 2:7

Our natural inclination is to place ourselves in the centre of everything and to think how we are going to be affected by this and that, before we consider the needs, necessities or feelings of others - before we consider the desire of God's heart. Indeed even when we do exhibit 'caring concern', how often our choices are rooted in selfish pride, knowing that our 'thoughtful' actions will excite the applause of others and feed our ego, which will only result in a read more...

Philippians 2:8

Philippians 2:8

The humanity of the Lord Jesus Christ is as much a reality as His deity. He is as truly Man as He is infinitely God. He is eternal in His divinity but born at a point in time into the human race, for a specific purpose. The Lord Jesus was born to become the representative Man, upon Whose shoulders rested the future of humanity and the salvation of the human race.

He was sent by the Father to pay the price for the sin of the read more...

Philippians 2:9

Philippians 2:9

Divinity's Son-of-God became humanity's Son-of-Man by setting aside eternity's glories, to be clothed in humility; in poverty; in suffering and in death. It is for this very reason that God in His wisdom and justice has raised Him up and honoured Him above all that is in heaven, on earth or under the earth, whether it be men or angels; heavenly principalities or earthly thrones - for He alone is to be highly exalted and worshipped, both in His humanity and in read more...

Philippians 2:10

Philippians 2:10

No other name deserves all honour and praise and might and majesty and dominion and power for there is no other name under heaven whereby we must be saved. The truth of this scripture is an offense to all that are in the world but to those that have been saved it is life – eternal life – abundant life, by grace through faith.

We meet together in His name and come to the throne of grace through the name of Jesus. His name is read more...

Philippians 2:11

Philippians 2:11

The Lord Jesus has been resurrected, ascended, glorified and highly exalted above every created being and a day is coming when every knee will bow before Him and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.

One group of humanity will confess Him as Lord and Saviour - joyfully. The other will be forced to confess Him as Lord and Judge, but they will remain under His grievous condemnation. It read more...

Philippians 2:12

Philippians 2:12

Salvation is ours by faith alone in Christ alone. There is no question that we cannot be saved by our own effort.. nor that we need to add to Christ's finished work on Calvary's cross - for the sacrificial offering of Himself on the cross for our salvation, was all-sufficient in the eyes of God - and it is finished.

As the sinless Son of Man, Christ's death on the cross fully met God's redemption price. God accepted Christ's read more...

Philippians 2:13

Philippians 2:13

How important it is that we do not seek to do good works in our own strength. How vital that we do not carry out our kind actions and considerate deeds from the source of our old sin nature - for when we do good works that are produced by ME, rather than by God working through me, they are works of the law – works of the flesh – works of the old sin nature - works that God will not accept, for God will not share His glory with ME. All the good works that we read more...

Philippians 2:14

Philippians 2:14

Perhaps the little word: “ALL” is the crux on which this directive rests, for it is easy to be contented when life is pleasing or if people are thoughtful, caring and kind. We would not murmur if perfumed flowers poured daily into our laps, nor would we dispute with people who always hold our particular point of view! What godly lives we would live, if it were not for the foibles of others!

But we are warned that murmuring is the consequence of read more...

Philippians 2:15

Philippians 2:15

Paul was writing to the Philippian Church from a prison cell but he wanted to emphasise that the many misfortunes that had befallen him in his ministry.. and his incarceration and trial before a Roman court of law had resulted in the furtherance of the gospel, which was to be seen as an occasion of joy and great rejoicing.

He wanted them to understand that what the enemy had intended for evil God had turned to good. Indeed he read more...

Philippians 2:16

Philippians 2:16

In his instructions for godly living, Paul calls the Philippian Christians to do all things without grumbling, murmuring or disputing among themselves. This was obviously a problem in the early Christian church, just as it can be in the Body of Christ today.. But when we consider the needs of our brothers and sisters in Christ before our own.. we prove ourselves to be blameless and innocent children of God, who bring honour and glory the Lord.

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Philippians 2:17

Philippians 2:17

Following his conversion on the road to Damascus Paul had spent his life in sacrificial service to the Lord for the joy of seeing others come to a secure, trusting faith in Christ. Paul rejoiced to see them grow in grace and mature in their Christian life. And despite his imprisonment in a Roman jail, it was with the joy of the Lord that Paul was able to write his letter of encouragement to his brothers and sisters in Philippi - exhorting them to unity, humility read more...

Philippians 2:18

Philippians 2:18

It is always a joy to have Christian brothers and sisters whose lives are a shining example of Jesus Christ, radiating in them and working through them. It is good to receive wise advice on godly living from such precious examples of Christlikeness.

Many of Paul's epistles are written to encourage Christians towards such godly living, exhorting the saints to live their life to the glory of God.. while warning them to place no read more...

Philippians 2:21

Philippians 2:21

Timothy was a godly man, who had a genuine concern, and Christ-like love for his Christian brethren - seeking their good above his own. He was a man, whose spiritual walk eclipsed that of many other Christians, because he sought to carry out the will and work of God, before his own preferences and desires.

He proved himself to be a blameless and innocent child of God, who was above reproach, in the midst of a crooked and perverse read more...

Philippians 2:22

Philippians 2:22

Paul encountered many people, both within and outside the Christian Church, that excited disunity and conflict between believers, and yet one of the most important messages in his epistles, was the need for Christians to live in harmony - one with the other.

In his letters, Paul sets out, with clarity, the need for children of God to be pure and blameless, in this crooked and depraved generation. He exhorts us to live without read more...

Philippians 2:29

Philippians 2:29

However godly a group of believers may be there are often little areas of dissension or strife which may rise to the surface to discredit our Christian witness.. and in his letter to the Philippians, Paul addresses certain undercurrents of disunity, by exhorting Christians to live in the unity of spirit.. to adopt an attitude of gracious consideration towards one another - to be like-minded, selfless and sacrificial and to demonstrate brotherly affection towards read more...

Philippians 3:1

Philippians 3:1

Paul calls us repeatedly to rejoice in the Lord and does not grow tired of encouraging us to rejoice and to keep on rejoicing in Him, for he knows that there is a thief that will rob us of the peace of God, the joy of our Salvation and the eternal hope we have in our heavenly promises.

We are called upon to rejoice and to keep on rejoicing, for in so doing we will establish a Christ-focussed attitude of heart and an ever-present read more...

Philippians 3:1

Philippians 3:1

Joy was much on Paul's heart as he wrote his letter to the saints in Philippi, despite the fact that he himself was being held as a prisoner in chains. He did not allow the circumstances of his life to affect his joy in the Lord. And as he neared the end of this epistle of encouragement to his brothers in Christ, he repeatedly calls each one of us to rejoice in the Lord - to be joyful in God our Saviour - to delight ourselves in Christ our Lord.

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Philippians 3:2

Philippians 3:2

Living the Christian life in the way that God ordained was the highest priority on Paul's list.. and in each of his epistles we read of the identifying marks of a Christian, who is walking in spirit and truth, abiding in Christ, in submission to the Spirit of God and living the way that God intended His children to live.

The man or woman of faith, who is living as God intended.. is the one that produces the gracious fruit of the read more...

Philippians 3:3

Philippians 3:3

In the early Church it was hard for Jews, who were steeped in centuries of tradition, to recognize that the Christian faith was not an extra bit of doctrine, tagged on to the Jewish religion but the fulfillment of God’s promise to make a new covenant with them. They did not understand that the Law of God, the Prophets of Israel, the Psalms and the Feasts-days were all pointing to Christ – and that “the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus”, had set them free from “the law of read more...

Philippians 3:5

Philippians 3:5

From the world's perspective Paul had much to boast about, because of his birth and ancestry, his religious orthodoxy and his passionate zeal. He had been born into a highly respected Jewish family and from birth received the high honour of being a true-born Roman citizen, with all the rights, respect, privileges, and perks of the great Roman Empire.

His Jewish ancestry also awarded him great respect and he gained exceptional read more...

Philippians 3:7

Philippians 3:7

What a heritage the apostle Paul had before his conversion to Christ. He was a renowned scholar and a pupil of the great teacher Gamaliel. He was a highly-esteemed religious leader, a Pharisee of the Pharisees’ and blameless as concerning the Law.

 He was proud of his Jewish heritage as a descendent of the tribe of Benjamin, and greatly respected due to his birth as a Roman citizenship. Saul of Tarsus had it all as far as the read more...

Philippians 3:8

Philippians 3:8

I wonder what value you put in certain things – your home, your family, your relationships, your job; your reputation; your achievements; your talents; your education; your safety – your bank balance? Well the apostle Paul considered these things and everything else that life and living has to offer - as worth nothing, by comparison with the surpassing value, joy, wonder, worth and glory of knowing Christ Jesus.

Paul lost or read more...

Philippians 3:9

Philippians 3:9

Paul was a Pharisee of the Pharisees, in other words he was exemplary in outwardly keeping the Law of Moses, as required by the self-righteous religious mind-set. But his righteousness was a works-based righteous – a self-righteousness, a righteousness that he thought would please God, but it was a righteousness that fell far short of the standard that God required, for only the righteousness of Christ reached the perfection, goodness and grace that was required read more...

Philippians 3:10

Philippians 3:10

In a few brief words Paul outlines the four most important things in life.

1 That I may know Christ
2 That I may know the power of Christ’s resurrection
3 That I may be a partaker in the sufferings of Christ
4 That I may be conformed into the image and likeness of Jesus Christ

A few short phrases outline everything necessary for a victorious Christian life.

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Philippians 3:11

Philippians 3:11

Paul had the most impressive genealogy, and was born into the most advantageous of families. He was taught by the most eminent of teachers, received an outstanding education and attained significant qualification.. but it means nothing in the eternal realm.

Paul had all the advantages that money could buy - but, following his conversion, on the road to Damascus, he considered all his privileges to be rubbish, in order to gain read more...

Philippians 3:12

Philippians 3:12

The ultimate goal of the Christian life is to become conformed into the very image and likeness of our glorified Saviour. Paul knew that like every other believer, his sanctification was a life-long process, which would only be completed when he finally stood in the presence of Christ Jesus.. his risen, ascended glorified Lord.

Ever since his saving encounter with the Lord Jesus on the road to Damascus, Paul started to press read more...

Philippians 3:13

Philippians 3:13

As Christians, it should be our desire and single intent to love the Lord with all our being and seek with all our heart to be in His perfect will. Sometimes the urgent things of life have to give way for the thing that is really important, and sometimes the good has to be set aside or renounced for the best.

This demands a singleness of purpose, a sole objective – one aim. Paul was a man, that having met the Lord Jesus on his Damascus Road, set read more...

Philippians 3:14

Philippians 3:14

Once a man or woman has trusted the Lord Jesus as Saviour, he embarks on a race through life to the finishing post. Once a person has been born again they are to grow in grace and in a knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Once we are justified and placed in the family of God we are called by our Father to sanctification, which is a life-long process, in which we press on towards the goal of our heavenly calling, so that we may read more...

Philippians 3:15

Philippians 3:15

As we read through the New Testament epistles, whose target audience are Christians, in this dispensation of grace, we find numerous warnings against placing our confidence in the flesh. We are not only cautioned of the dangers of putting our reliance on other people, but also of trusting in ourselves and our own abilities.

We should not be stuck in the elementary teachings of the Christian faith, but should be pressing on and read more...

Philippians 3:16

Philippians 3:16

Paul was an example of a mature man of God, who was prepared to consider the privileges of this world as insignificant and inconsequential, by comparison with the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus as his Lord. He was prepared to suffer the loss of all things, and regard everything that the world holds dear, as rubbish - in order to gain the closest, possible communion with Christ.

Paul was acutely aware that nothing in read more...

Philippians 3:17

Philippians 3:17

Although we were born dead in trespasses and sins and at enmity with God, we must never forget that by grace, through faith in Christ, we have been saved. As children of God, we have been called to live in newness of life, to walk in spirit and truth, and to grow in grace and Christlikeness.

The Lord Jesus is the ultimate example of a Man, Who walked by faith and not by sight. He is the supreme specimen, of humility, grace, read more...

Philippians 3:18

Philippians 3:18

We are called to a heavenly walk of holy watchfulness, that is pleasing to the Lord and honours His name. However, the sinner that rejects His offer of salvation, or the worldly-minded Christian, that chooses to engage in a carnal lifestyle, live as enemies of the cross of Christ, to their own disadvantage and determent.

Paul knew there were evil workers, among the body of Christ, who placed their confidence in the flesh, rather read more...

Philippians 3:20

Philippians 3:20

As believers in Christ we are citizens of another country and subjects of our glorious King. Our loyalty is to another state and our conversation and delight should reside in heavenly places. We are simply pilgrims passing through this mortal coil, sojourning on earth for a brief life-span and so we should not be mindful of earthly things that pass away, but we should fix our hearts on the coming king, looking for Jesus our soon coming Lord. Heavenly citizenship read more...

Philippians 3:21

Philippians 3:21

A significant part of Paul's epistles are either encouraging us to live godly lives, explaining what is expected in our Christian walk, giving examples of how to live to the glory of God or enabling us to grow in grace, through faith in the glorious gospel of Christ - where JESUS is the centre of our life, and our conversation is heavenly.

In this passage, we are exhorted to have no confidence in our fleshly selves. We receive read more...

Philippians 4:1

Philippians 4:1

At the start of this final section of Paul's letter to the believers he loved so dearly, at Philippi and having encouraged them to live for Christ; to be like Christ; to rejoice in Christ; to continue in Christ, and to remember all that Christ has done for them, he finally calls them to stand fast in Christ.

Paul had a great love for all who had heard and accepted the gospel of grace through his ministry read more...

Philippians 4:4

Philippians 4:4

We are called to rejoice in the Lord; to pray without ceasing and in everything to give thanks to the Lord our God, for the joy of the Lord is our health and strength, and His mercy endures forevermore. We are exhorted to rejoice in the Lord and to take refuge in Him, for He has done wonderful things for all who have trusted in the name of His dearly beloved Son.

In the knowledge of what God has done for us, through the read more...

Philippians 4:5

Philippians 4:5

Both the extended greetings at the beginning of Paul’s many epistles and the lengthy farewells at the end, give us a wealth of information on God plans and purposes for His Church and teach us much on living the Christian life, in the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

As Paul starts to draw his Philippian letter to a conclusion, read more...

Philippians 4:6

Philippians 4:6

Prayer is a wonderful privilege to the one who is saved by grace thorough faith in Christ, for by His sacrificial death and glorious resurrection He tore down the dividing wall between God and man, and gave us access to His throne of grace, for mercy to find help in time of need. And we are exhorted not to worry about anything, but instead to pray confidently about everything - telling the Lord what we need, laying our petitions at His feet, and thanking Him read more...

Philippians 4:7

Philippians 4:7

As he draws his letter to the believers at Philippi to a close, Paul encourages all of us to live godly lives and to apply all the principles of spiritual living that we learned from him, so that we may live a normal, Christian life that is acceptable to the Father and honouring to the Son - and to do so will ensure that God's incomprehensible peace will protect our hearts and govern our minds in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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Philippians 4:8

Philippians 4:8

As Christians we have a been brought into a family relationship with God through our union with Christ - by faith. But we are expected to take responsibility for walking in spirit and truth; living as unto the Lord; trusting in the Word of God; depending on our heavenly Father; submitting to the Holy Spirit; abiding in Christ and appropriating all that is ours in Him - by faith.

But this can only be done as we focus the eyes of read more...

Philippians 4:10

Philippians 4:10

“Rejoice' is a word that Paul loved to use, and here in the book of Philippians he uses it 10 times in four short chapters. He rejoiced when the gospel of Christ was proclaimed and he rejoiced that he did not labour in vain. He rejoiced that he was poured forth in the sacrifice and service of these believers and he rejoiced in the Lord always ..and was not ashamed to say it again - rejoice in the Lord!!

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Philippians 4:11

Philippians 4:11

As he starts to draw his letter to the Philippians to a close, Paul gives a little teaching about giving.. both giving to others and receiving from others. Paul was incarcerated in a Roman prison when he penned this epistle to the Christians at Philippi, but he used it as an opportunity to emphasise the value of contentment in whatsoever circumstances we may find ourselves. And what an encouragement and example this short passage has been to many believers down read more...

Philippians 4:12

Philippians 4:12

The Philippian Christians had obviously supported Paul financially in the past.. but it appears that some time had elapsed with no supplemental help from them. But having at last received a little financial assistance from the believers there, Paul used this as a teaching opportunity to share the secret of godly contentment in every circumstance of life.

He explained that it is equally possible to be abased and live contentedly read more...

Philippians 4:13

Philippians 4:13

Although incarcerated in a Roman prison when writing the epistle to the Philippians, Paul demonstrated that the joy of the Lord was His strength, no matter what difficult circumstances he had to face. Yes - Paul had learned the sufficiency that only comes through Christ and had discovered that true contentment is only gained from abiding in Him.

Like king David, this apostle was encompassed about by many enemies and had read more...

Philippians 4:19

Philippians 4:19

The abundant supply of our generous God is overflowing with gracious-mercy and bubbling over with loving-kindness. He does not make any promises that will be broken, and the super-abundance of His generosity covers all-things. It covers anything and everything that we need.

What we want is not always what we need, and the Lord graciously steps into our prayers, in order to translate any inappropriate desires, that may be in our heart, and read more...