Philippians Chapter 1
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7 Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart; inasmuch as both in my bonds, and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel, ye all are partakers of my grace.
20 According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.
27 Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;
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Matthew Henry's Philippians Chapter 1 Bible commentary...
The Philippians felt a very deep interest for the apostle. The scope of the epistle is to confirm them in the faith, to encourage them to walk as becomes the gospel of Christ, to caution them against judaizing teachers, and to express gratitude for their Christian bounty. This epistle is the only one, among those written by St. Paul, in which no censures are implied or expressed. Full commendation and confidence are in every part, and the Philippians are addressed with a peculiar affection, which every serious reader will perceive.The apostle offers up thanksgivings and prayers, for the good work of grace in the Philippians. (1-7) He expresses affection, and prays for them. (8-11) Fortifies them against being cast down at his sufferings. (12-20) He stood prepared for glorifying Christ by life, or death. (21-26) Exhortations to zeal, and constancy in professing the gospel. (27-30)1-7 The highest honour of the most eminent ministers is, to be servants of Christ. And those who are not really saints on earth, never will be saints in heaven. Out of Christ, the best saints are sinners, and unable to stand before God. There is no peace without grace. Inward peace springs from a sense of Divine favour. And there is no grace and peace but from God our Father, the fountain and origin of all blessings. At Philippi the apostle was evil entreated, and saw little fruit of his labour; yet he remembers Philippi with joy. We must thank our God for the graces and comforts, gifts and usefulness of others, as we receive the benefit, and God receives the glory. The work of grace will never be perfected till the day of Jesus Christ, the day of his appearance. But we may always be confident God will perform his good work, in every soul wherein he has really begun it by regeneration; though we must not trust in outward appearances, nor in any thing but a new creation to holiness. People are dear to their ministers, when they receive benefit by their ministry. Fellow-sufferers in the cause of God should be dear one to another.
8-11 Shall not we pity and love those souls whom Christ loves and pities? Those who abound in any grace, need to abound more. Try things which differ; that we may approve the things which are excellent. The truths and laws of Christ are excellent; and they recommend themselves as such to any attentive mind. Sincerity is that in which we should have our conversation in the world, and it is the glory of all our graces. Christians should not be apt to take offence, and should be very careful not to offend God or the brethren. The things which most honour God will most benefit us. Let us not leave it doubtful whether any good fruit is found in us or not. A small measure of Christian love, knowledge, and fruitfulness should not satisfy any.
12-20 The apostle was a prisoner at Rome; and to take off the offence of the cross, he shows the wisdom and goodness of God in his sufferings. These things made him known, where he would never have otherwise been known; and led some to inquire after the gospel. He suffered from false friends, as well as from enemies. How wretched the temper of those who preached Christ out of envy and contention, and to add affliction to the bonds that oppressed this best of men! The apostle was easy in the midst of all. Since our troubles may tend to the good of many, we ought to rejoice. Whatever turns to our salvation, is by the Spirit of Christ; and prayer is the appointed means of seeking for it. Our earnest expectation and hope should not be to be honoured of men, or to escape the cross, but to be upheld amidst temptation, contempt, and affliction. Let us leave it to Christ, which way he will make us serviceable to his glory, whether by labour or suffering, by diligence or patience, by living to his honour in working for him, or dying to his honour in suffering for him.
21-26 Death is a great loss to a carnal, worldly man, for he loses all his earthly comforts and all his hopes; but to a true believer it is gain, for it is the end of all his weakness and misery. It delivers him from all the evils of life, and brings him to possess the chief good. The apostle's difficulty was not between living in this world and living in heaven; between these two there is no comparison; but between serving Christ in this world and enjoying him in another. Not between two evil things, but between two good things; living to Christ and being with him. See the power of faith and of Divine grace; it can make us willing to die. In this world we are compassed with sin; but when with Christ, we shall escape sin and temptation, sorrow and death, for ever. But those who have most reason to desire to depart, should be willing to remain in the world as long as God has any work for them to do. And the more unexpected mercies are before they come, the more of God will be seen in them.
27-30 Those who profess the gospel of Christ, should live as becomes those who believe gospel truths, submit to gospel laws, and depend upon gospel promises. The original word "conversation" denotes the conduct of citizens who seek the credit, safety, peace, and prosperity of their city. There is that in the faith of the gospel, which is worth striving for; there is much opposition, and there is need of striving. A man may sleep and go to hell; but he who would go to heaven, must look about him and be diligent. There may be oneness of heart and affection among Christians, where there is diversity of judgment about many things. Faith is God's gift on the behalf of Christ; the ability and disposition to believe are from God. And if we suffer reproach and loss for Christ, we are to reckon them a gift, and prize them accordingly. Yet salvation must not be ascribed to bodily afflictions, as though afflictions and worldly persecutions deserved it; but from God only is salvation: faith and patience are his gifts.
Arsene GANDOTE's Philippians Chapter 1 comment on 4/09/2013, 11:23am...
Philippians 1:29 I could see that righteous suffering is a gift from God. And it is somthing we christians should be aware of. The goodness of God is not only seen in good things He bestwoed on us but also in the suffering we ought to go through for Jesus-Christ sake one way or the other.
R. D. Mattock's Philippians Chapter 1 comment on 3/30/2013, 9:15pm...
For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
John the Baptist said John 3:30 He must increase, but I must decrease. Galatians 4:19 tells us until Christ be formed in you. We are becoming more like Jesus Christ everyday.
Chuks cyrus's Philippians Chapter 1 comment about verse 6 on 3/24/2013, 2:06am...
Just as Christ came and fulfilled his purpose on earth. So is God giving us the assurance that whatever purpose he God has commissioned us to do, that He will help us to finish and fulfil it just as Christ did.
Ron's Philippians Chapter 1 comment about verse 6 on 3/23/2013, 10:25am...
It would seem, according to the Word to God, that although life can become challenging in part having difficulties to face; because God Himself has begun a work in us, it will be performed to the fullest, despite any challenge or difficulty! What shall separate us from the Love of God?
Demilade's Philippians Chapter 1 comment on 3/22/2013, 2:54pm...
hmm.....what a glorious chapter.
Paul exhibits here so much LOVE for the people that he deeply desired that they grow in knowledge of GOD and be found blameless on the last day. Phill 1:9-10.....he talks about them growing in love that they begin to focus on the important. wow!!! what the light of the word does in us. His unconditional love finds expression in us and we find ourselfs passionate and praying for other believers like Paul did.
Francis's Philippians Chapter 1 comment on 3/12/2013, 4:35am...
Brothers and Sisters in Jesus Christ Our Lord, be strong in your Faith for I bear witness of Him who Created us. Be Steadfast and know that he is with you always and is there for those you that have Faith in him for he has come in the flesh and the kingdom of Heaven has come nigh unto you. Be joyful and let your hearts be glad that you have Him and may the Love which passes all understanding be with you always. With regard to the first chapter of the Book of by Paul and Timothy, Trust these words for indeed they will set you on the paths righteousness and bring you comfort in the sure knowledge that Christ is with us. These are not Old Words they are as new and relevant today as they were then.
Folarin Omojoye's Philippians Chapter 1 comment on 1/23/2013, 4:54am...
A must read for every sincere Christian passing through tough times, or living in affluence in order to bring out the core of our faith in HIS faithfulness.
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