Words in italic type have been added for clarity. They are not found in the original Hebrew or Aramaic.
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Philippians 1:1 Paul and Timothy, bondservants of Jesus Christ,
To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, with the (Lit. overseers) bishops and deacons:
Philippians 1:2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Thankfulness and Prayer
Philippians 1:3 I thank my God upon every remembrance of you,
Philippians 1:4 always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy,
Philippians 1:5 for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now,
Philippians 1:6 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;
- the Day of Christ is the Rapture
- the Day of the Lord is the Return
- Both of which are after the Pattern of the High Holy Days where the Feast of Trumpets signifies the Rapture and Resurrections, the Seven Days of Affliction signifies the Seven Year Tribulation, and the Day of Atonement signifies the Return of Jesus.
Philippians 1:7 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.
Philippians 1:8 For God is my witness, how greatly I long for you all with the affection of Jesus Christ.
Philippians 1:9 And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment,
- The sincere Love for God and others fulfill the law, for Love needs no law.
- The law was never made to supersede Love.
- There are not enough laws that can be made to stop evil because evil does not obey any law.
Philippians 1:10 that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ,
- The definition of Wisdom is know the value of those things which are excellent and those things which have no or low value, and then to choose the best.
Philippians 1:11 being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
Christ Is Preached
Philippians 1:12 But I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel,
Philippians 1:13 so that it has become evident to the whole palace guard (Or Praetorium), and to all the rest, that my chains are in Christ;
Philippians 1:14 and most of the brethren in the Lord, having become confident by my chains, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.
- Paul’s chains only served to give him even more boldness in Christ.
- God loves to turn the tables on Satan.
Philippians 1:15 Some indeed preach Christ even from envy and strife, and some also from goodwill:
Philippians 1:16 The former preach Christ from selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my chains;
Philippians 1:17 but the latter out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel.
Philippians 1:18 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.
- The same can be applied today. Evangelists who preach out of greed or evangelists who preach for the calling of God, both spread the message of the gospel.
To Live Is Christ
Philippians 1:19 For I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayer and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,
Philippians 1:20 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.
Philippians 1:21 For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
- 2 Corinthians 5:8 We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.
Philippians 1:22 But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I cannot tell (do not know).
Philippians 1:23 (But) For I am hard-pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better.
- Paul indicates he may have a choice between death and life, causing one to ask whether or not, when we pray for others who are sick; perhaps God gives them a choice, showing them heaven and asking them if they want to be healed or if they are ready to join Him in Glory.
Philippians 1:24 Nevertheless to remain in the flesh is more needful for you.
Philippians 1:25 And being confident of this, I know that I shall remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy of faith,
Philippians 1:26 that your rejoicing for me may be more abundant in Jesus Christ by my coming to you again.
Striving and Suffering for Christ
Philippians 1:27 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,
- A believer’s goal is to be “Christ-like”.
Philippians 1:28 and not in any way terrified by your adversaries, which is to them a proof of perdition, but to you of salvation (of your salvation), and that from God.
- Neither terrified by threat of death nor threat of rejection.
Philippians 1:29 For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake,
- The suffering for Christ is better than the pleasures of Satan.