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Study Notes For Philippians
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Philippians 1:1 –
Christianity began in Philippi when Paul was sent there by the Holy Spirit. That is when we read of the conversions of Lydia, her household, the keeper of the prison, and “all his” (Acts 16:1-40).
Later, there was at least one return visit to Philippi recorded (Acts 20:1-6).
Paul and Timotheus are identified at the opening of this letter as the ones writing/sending it as they also did other letters (II Corinthians 1:1, Colossians 1:1, I Thessalonians 1:1, II Thessalonians 1:1, and Philemon 1:1).
They identified themselves as servants of Christ (II Corinthians 4:5 and Galatians 1:10; cf. Luke 17:7-10).
They are writing to the saints in Philippi. Such is the same as saying “to the church, disciples, Christians, etc.” (Romans 1:7, I Corinthians 1:2, II Corinthians 1:1, Ephesians 1:1, and Ephesians 2:19).
Even in the Old Testament believers were called saints (Psalms 30:4, Psalms 31:23, Psalms 37:28, Psalms 97:10, and Hosea 11:12).
The congregation there had bishops [overseers Acts 20:28; elders; Titus 1:5-7] and deacons (I Timothy 3:1-15).
We should take note that the elders would not receive this epistle and determine what to say about it, but rather all the saints were addressed (Colossians 4:16 and I Thessalonians 5:27).
Philippians 1:2 –
Grace is from God (Romans 5:20-21 and I Peter 5:5-12).
Jesus was full of grace and gave grace (John 1:14-17).
Grace was not first seen in the New Testament (Genesis 6:8, Psalms 84:11, and Jeremiah 31:1-2).
Grace is not just an “unmerited favor” some teach. We learn from grace (Titus 2:11-14), see grace in the salvation of others (Acts 11:19-23), continue in grace (Acts 13:43), are saved by grace (Acts 15:11 and Ephesians 2:1-10), are edified by the word of God’s grace (Acts 20:32), are under grace (Romans 6:14-15), is seen in giving to needy saints (II Corinthians 8:1-11), can fall from grace (Galatians 5:4), sing and speak with grace (Colossians 3:16 and Colossians 4:6), need to be strong in grace (II Timothy 2:1), have our hearts established with grace (Hebrews 13:9), grow in grace (II Peter 3:18), etc.
It is important not to receive the grace of God in vain (II Corinthians 6:1) nor frustrate the grace of God (Galatians 2:21).
Real peace is from God (John 16:33, Romans 5:1-2, I Corinthians 14:33, Philippians 4:6-8, Colossians 3:15, and II Thessalonians 2:16).
Do not confuse real spiritual peace by thinking it will bring carnal peace (Matthew 10:34-37 and Romans 8:5-8; cf. Galatians 5:22-23).
Philippians 1:3 –
Paul was thankful for the brethren in Philippi and mentioned them in his prayers as he often did for brethren (Romans 1:8-9, Ephesians 1:15-16, Colossians 1:3-4, I Thessalonians 1:2-3, II Timothy 1:3, and Philemon 1:4).
Paul had the right care and love for brethren (cf. I Peter 1:22) so his mindfulness of them correctly reflected that (I Thessalonians 3:4-10).
We should remember that Paul had all the churches on his mind (II Corinthians 11:28; cf. Acts 15:36, Acts 15:40-41, Acts 18:23, Colossians 2:1, etc.).
Philippians 1:4 –
Paul was thankful and mindful of them in every prayer of his. As we addressed in verse three, praying about brethren was a part of his prayer life (I Corinthians 1:4).
Being mindful of them was part of the joy Paul had (Colossians 2:5).
Philippians 1:5 –
They had shared in the gospel from the first with Paul. When you look back at Paul’s work you can see him in Philippi (Acts 16:6-12 and Acts 20:6).
His work in Philippi was reported of unto others (I Thessalonians 2:2).
Their fellowship in the Gospel [i.e. I Thessalonians 3:2] was displayed in their financial support of Paul that had been long standing (Philippians 4:10-18).
Fellowship [κοινωνία; Strong’s # 2842], as it relates… Galatians 2:9 and I John 1:3-7
Other variants of that term, in ways that apply to it’s usage here… II Corinthians 8:23, Galatians 6:6, and Philemon 1:7
Their fellowship went beyond financial support through the work shared with Paul through some of the members of the congregation in Philippi (Philippians 2:25-30 and Philippians 4:3).
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