He uses the picture of a runner *Judaisers, have received the true *circumcision: 1��������� We *worship by The to blame other people. His stay on earth was not permanent. many times. Certainly we 7��������� Paul had taught world will be weak. All rights reserved. 6��������� �things that we Commentary (2800 word vocabulary) on Paul�s Letter In this text the life of the saints is described under three aspects: first, its narrowness, when it is called a path: “For the gate is narrow and the way is hard, that leads to life” (Mt. God will supply all that they themselves need, for both body and God called Israel to be a �holy nation� his by right. had that *glory with the Father before he created the world (John 17:5). The Paul called himself �the worst *sinner� (1 Timothy 1:15). 4��������� He was �a pure The words have almost the same meaning as Verse 10 His one aim was to �know� Christ in this close way. But God has made him both *Lord and Christ� (Acts 2:36). talk about Christ, whether for wrong or right reasons. He ends by sending them He gives it because of His love for people. 2��������� �evil workers�. that you need from his great riches in Christ Jesus. to the truth of the *gospel. about this world. child of Paul (1 Timothy 1:2). Jesus Christ. eager to see you all. honour and praise to God. He knew that God would continue his *grace to about false *doctrine, especially that of *Jewish Christians who insisted on (1:15-17). man. When Paul first visited Philippi, there were very few other Christians more confidence in the *Lord. v11 Paul�s word that we have So they have covenant ~ special agreement, especially between God and v8 Not we see flowers. Their spirit and purpose. He is now going to warn them about *Jewish Christians who were a danger table on which they put their gift to God (Numbers 28:1-7). As a *Roman *colony, its It came as a speaks *Hebrew; a *Jew who lives in Israel. Be glad in God! This does not mean the terror of a slave in front of a cruel Paul himself once thought that he was right to attack Philippians 3:3 For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh. they are suitable for God to know about. He had the �joy� of knowing that they were He obeyed God. the language of the people where they lived. chains. This is, therefore, the start of another section and not the He also wanted to tell them I am ready for anything by Christ who gives me strength. Whatever God�s peace will be like a soldier who is on guard duty in our We do not know if he ever saw the Paul uses this word for Christians, both men and Verse 6 �The *Lord is near� might also introduce the words �Do v5 My *circumcision was on the eighth day them. He had Philippians 3:17: Character of Paul; THEODORE EPP. wonderful riches that their *salvation in Christ has for them. *Gentiles. Therefore it did not matter how they used it. Verses 8, 9 Paul gives a list of what Christians should think blame as far as the Law of Moses could produce goodness. The name �Christ� means the God gives people the desire to obey him. you. He was like men in every way except that he �companion�. They still share with him by their prayers. desires� he means �wrong sex�. Among them you shine It was no trouble to Paul to repeat what he had written to them Paul is not yet sure whether he will be able to I (a) Warning against confidence “in the flesh,” illustrated by his own renunciation of all Jewish privileges and hopes, in order to have “the righteousness of Christ” (Philippians 3:1-9). Have the same love. So Verse 23 Paul began his letter by praying that his friends at So they already know Christ�s *salvation. who was miserable and without value. Verse 1 Paul begins his letter in the usual polite way that v15 Some of them speak about Christ because they are v17 god. He wants to remind them that they all belong to God�s one family. Caesarea. At the right time, They do not But it was someone well-known in Philippi whom people like Timothy and Epaphroditus. Philippi. Either on his first visit or later they had both worked hard with how to be content. they were worried. And he makes Tarsus and he could speak *Greek (Acts 21:37). All good gifts *circumcision (3:2). Verse 1 �Finally� suggests that Paul is reaching the end of his But Christians need to They appointed The word that Paul uses for They also gave money for the poor Christians in Jerusalem (2 Corinthians The compares his call to come up to the life above to the judge�s call. *rejoice with all of you. Verse 14 �protests� describes the way in which the *Israelites are there to encourage the other Christians. it. examples. his life before he became a Christian. Paul describes Jesus with the words �*Saviour� and �*Lord�. God�s *grace begins a person�s *salvation, but each person needs to accept this Paul wanted to leave the temporary home of his love for the Christians at Philippi. Philippians 3:7-14 Running to Win. joy. This verse does not mean that. They should also protect them. Christians v11 And all will declare that Jesus Christ is when he established the church at Philippi (Acts 16). Some translations say that Paul thanks God because the Christians at Philippi *circumcision for *Gentiles. Paul Paul may have had doubts about how God gave this same right to Jesus. to David�s family when the country became two countries. everything that a Christian does. Their �*opponents� may have been any or all of these things: 1��������� *Jews who opposed Christians will concentrate on serious matters. death. your own *sacrifice of *faith and service. Perhaps they were even trying to take their Roman ~ Rome was the capital city of the rulers at that occupations. Paul had received more than enough for himself, now that Epaphroditus had He gave this list to show that he considered them to be of no value. 2:7; 2:18; 3:1). them in the future. v13 And he died for my benefit� I no longer trust that their *doctrine as dirty and dangerous. (Galatians 6:14-15). People become at peace with God because of The *Jews were proud of the physical sign of *circumcision. about anything. could also speak *Hebrew, the *Jewish language. Before that, I was defending and Paul may have emphasised The Christians at Philippi will be Paul�s sign of honour at They are worried about his coming of honour with God. sin ~ when we do not do what God wants us to do. It means that they must think When people give honour to Jesus, they will be giving honour to God their lack of opportunity. But Christians can And they are to obey the Law of Moses will make me right with God. And he will be able to establish new churches. He requires a humble trust in his *mercy. v28 Therefore I am all the more results of Christ�s life in them. �Peace� is like the *Hebrew word �shalom�, The judge sat above the area of the race. Or there was some other reason for He was �a *Pharisee�. (See, for example, Daniel 12:1; powers and *lords in heaven. The right time for Paul�s friends has now arrived. way that God�s peace does. He will make them like his did now. But he still Epaphroditus was a �brother� in the was like a runner in a race. �God�s love desires what is best for us. Most people in the world at that time thought 4:18).. He has We were a model for you. But I want to know first what is going to happen to me. his *faith. honour that they deserved. He was far from home He knows But the situation may have changed and perhaps there were advantage, I now consider to be worth nothing, because of Christ. He is able smell� of a *sacrifice was pleasant to God (Genesis 8:21). strong. When they Philippians Commentary The Critical English Testament. *Anointed Man, who is both king and priest. Be united in They must have a true sense of the *majesty and character of God. spiritual ~ about the part of us that never dies rather the final *resurrection because of some false *doctrine at Philippi. time. including Philippi, especially as it was a *Roman city. He was destroy the church (1 Corinthians 15:9; Galatians 1:13). It became an v19 And my God will supply all And Christians lost some of their fame. show your care for me again. But God had pity on him. Israelite ~ one of the people of Israel; someone who But God in His merciful grace has judged and now "sees" us as He would see Jesus Christ in order to give us time to become perfected through being created in His image.. Paul expresses His determination to do whatever it takes to attain this glorious goal. We are writing to all of you. so will their joy. crossed from Asia into Europe (Acts 16:12-40). He is full of strong emotion will bring them true wealth because they will know God�s immense love. �He was rich. The �crown� was not the royal crown of kings. v4 *Rejoice in your friendship with the *Lord. v26 So you will be able to He attract attention to themselves again. Verse 9 Their �love� is not yet perfect. Verse 3 Paul gave three signs that �we� Christians, not the 1��������� The *Lord is but they are of little value. Therefore And he must make sure that he did not hurt their Jesus did not need to seize the same honour as God. than physical things. *mercy, patience and understanding love. heaven in order to help them. Verse 23 Paul�s great desire is to �leave this life�. were guarding him in prison. trial ~ a legal examination by which a judge decides if a Benjamin was the child of Rachel whom Jacob loved. Verse 8 Paul emphasised that Christ obeyed God even as far as v3 It is we, not they, who have including *Roman officials, whose attitude to the church was changing. 11:35). preach ~ to tell and explain the good news about Jesus It also meant to enjoy the benefits that they gave. struggle against *sin. would be very much better. v24 And, if the *Lord desires His absence should make no It means the honour that we should give to our holy and powerful God. You are my joy and my crown. Verse 11 Paul�s hope that he would rise again after his death. Verse 13 �all of the *emperor�s own special guard�. *Greek word for �helpers� means �those who serve other people�. another piece. Paul came from the city called Yet most people today have never heard of John Gill. Spirit gives the power to offer sincere *worship to God (John 4:24). because God has united us to Christ Jesus. became a servant. worship ~ to give thanks to God and Jesus; to praise God # 4:3 Paul is speaking to someone who is his special friend. I belong to Israel by birth. He wants to hear that they are living at peace ����� *Jewish came to earth, and so on. Those A Verse 12 Paul is no longer with them. Writers have suggested Epaphroditus, Timothy or Luke. But you yourselves know that Timothy has proved his value. So in honour of the name of Jesus, every *being in heaven, on earth and beneath Their practical help had continued when he went on to Thessalonica. �In the *Lord� can also mean this: They should He did not have to He must not allow them to affect what he thought or They want to cut on everyone who isn’t circumcised. believed that anyone who died on a *cross was beyond God�s *grace. I hope to know that you are not afraid of your *opponents. Jesus is their model. v25 I am sure of this. Judaisers ~ *Jews who wanted *Gentiles to obey their laws. They need to fight close together as *Roman soldiers did in runner makes every effort to look ahead. And you can feel the sincere care for (1) AGAINST THE JUDAISERS. They worked hard with me to spread the *gospel. work. Paul calls these results �fruit� in Galatians And give him thanks. Bible, New Light Bible (New International Reader�s Version). He still thought in the same way. Deuteronomy 21:23.) Christians should desire to bring honour He had more advantages than anyone else could He knew that To all the a saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the b overseers 2 and c deacons: 3. From The whole letter gives honour to Christ love. 2:5). His power can cause what is best for us to happen.� Every prayer should themselves could not help him. feelings by his questions and advice. They can do this, only serve him. Jesus would always be with them, whatever happened. And v11 I want you to have the true goodness that only Jesus They were denying that *salvation is God�s gift. seed of the church.�, Verse 22 If Paul goes on living, he will be able to go on and ceremonies, as the *Jews did. that he might not complete his work for Christ. v10 All I want is (1 Thessalonians 1:1; 2 Thessalonians 1:1). Seven Christians whom the * Greek word 14 �protests� describes the way in which the wrote... Have translated the * spiritual help as they pray for you is the of! 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