Philippians Chapter 4
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8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
9Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
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The apostle exhorts the Philippians to stand fast in the Lord. (1) Gives directions to some, and to all in general. (2-9) Expresses contentment in every condition of life. (10-19) He concludes with prayer to God the Father, and his usual blessing. (20-23)1 The believing hope and prospect of eternal life, should make us steady and constant in our Christian course. There is difference of gifts and graces, yet, being renewed by the same Spirit, we are brethren. To stand fast in the Lord, is to stand fast in his strength, and by his grace.
2-9 Let believers be of one mind, and ready to help each other. As the apostle had found the benefit of their assistance, he knew how comfortable it would be to his fellow-labourers to have the help of others. Let us seek to give assurance that our names are written in the book of life. Joy in God is of great consequence in the Christian life; and Christians need to be again and again called to it. It more than outweighs all causes for sorrow. Let their enemies perceive how moderate they were as to outward things, and how composedly they suffered loss and hardships. The day of judgment will soon arrive, with full redemption to believers, and destruction to ungodly men. There is a care of diligence which is our duty, and agrees with a wise forecast and due concern; but there is a care of fear and distrust, which is sin and folly, and only perplexes and distracts the mind. As a remedy against perplexing care, constant prayer is recommended. Not only stated times for prayer, but in every thing by prayer. We must join thanksgivings with prayers and supplications; not only seek supplies of good, but own the mercies we have received. God needs not to be told our wants or desires; he knows them better than we do; but he will have us show that we value the mercy, and feel our dependence on him. The peace of God, the comfortable sense of being reconciled to God, and having a part in his favour, and the hope of the heavenly blessedness, are a greater good than can be fully expressed. This peace will keep our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus; it will keep us from sinning under troubles, and from sinking under them; keep us calm and with inward satisfaction. Believers are to get and to keep a good name; a name for good things with God and good men. We should walk in all the ways of virtue, and abide therein; then, whether our praise is of men or not, it will be of God. The apostle is for an example. His doctrine and life agreed together. The way to have the God of peace with us, is to keep close to our duty. All our privileges and salvation arise in the free mercy of God; yet the enjoyment of them depends on our sincere and holy conduct. These are works of God, pertaining to God, and to him only are they to be ascribed, and to no other, neither men, words, nor deeds.
10-19 It is a good work to succour and help a good minister in trouble. The nature of true Christian sympathy, is not only to feel concern for our friends in their troubles, but to do what we can to help them. The apostle was often in bonds, imprisonments, and necessities; but in all, he learned to be content, to bring his mind to his condition, and make the best of it. Pride, unbelief, vain hankering after something we have not got, and fickle disrelish of present things, make men discontented even under favourable circumstances. Let us pray for patient submission and hope when we are abased; for humility and a heavenly mind when exalted. It is a special grace to have an equal temper of mind always. And in a low state not to lose our comfort in God, nor distrust his providence, nor take any wrong course for our own supply. In a prosperous condition not to be proud, or secure, or worldly. This is a harder lesson than the other; for the temptations of fulness and prosperity are more than those of affliction and want. The apostle had no design to urge them to give more, but to encourage such kindness as will meet a glorious reward hereafter. Through Christ we have grace to do what is good, and through him we must expect the reward; and as we have all things by him, let us do all things for him, and to his glory.
20-23 The apostle ends with praises to God. We should look upon God, under all our weakness and fears, not as an enemy, but as a Father, disposed to pity us and help us. We must give glory to God as a Father. God's grace and favour, which reconciled souls enjoy, with the whole of the graces in us, which flow from it, are all purchased for us by Christ's merit, and applied by his pleading for us; and therefore are justly called the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Melinda's Philippians Chapter 4 comment on 4/23/2014, 10:07am...
Chapter 4 let me know that we serve a God that wants us to trust Him. He does not want us to worry about anything, for He is in complete control of the universe. He lets us know that all of us will have triblation, but our joy and peace comes as a result of our relationship with HIM. He wants us to pray all the time, for when we accept the Lord and Savior, He lives inside of us. Glory, Glory and Glory!!!!
Ty's Philippians Chapter 4 comment on 4/16/2014, 11:39am...
Only by believing in the Lord Jesus may we be saved. Before His birth, the angel revealed His name as JESUS, the savior of the world. His name is JESUS, the Christ is added as a description of his sole mission as the MESSIAH of Isreal and the whole creation. JESUS CHRIST is the ONLY begotten of the Father. The rest of us are Adamic and CANNOT be Christ. We cannot be saved by our being of Christ consciousness. We are saved, sustained and eligible to inherit eternal life only by BELIEVING in the only begotten of God. Please humbly pray for humility, because the moment the enemy succeeds in getting us to the deny or trifle with the divinity of Christ , and attempts to make us sons of Adam, redeemed by grace pride ourselves in being equal with the son of God, he defeats us all over again as he did at the garden of Eden, and thrusts us directly into divine judgment just as it happened to the enemy Lucifer himself who fell because he equated himself with God. I could tell you more by His Spirit but there is no time nor spsce. Our Lord is Jesus Christ, Lord and God.... "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved ". Fast and pray so that the wicked one loses his suggestions and go away for I discern you are a faithful seeker of Christ Jesus but the spirit of error is ominously lurking in the dark of our intellect. Believe His word....the world cannot believe it because of darkness.....but you Christian, believe only His word and lean not on thy own understanding. Stay in perfect peace.
Blessed's Philippians Chapter 4 comment on 4/14/2014, 7:16am...
The lord is my salvation. I am weary of people who are always talking and thinking negative thoughts. In CHRIST we are new creatures. We have new thoughts Philippians 4 8 is what GOD SAYS is his will for us to engage ourselves in. HALLELUJAH
Toni's Philippians Chapter 4 comment about verse 8 on 4/14/2014, 7:04am...
"Thou will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee. " Isaiah 26 3 If we think on these eight "principles " there is no way for us to go wrong in the sight of God. Things that are true, pure, of virtue, good and of praise, glorify God. We can have nothing but peace of mind and joy in our hearts, because God will bless those who think on Him. He even writes it down in His book of rememberance when we talk about God one to another. If we truly want peace, then think on things that are godly.
Iveline's Philippians Chapter 4 comment about verse 4 on 4/13/2014, 5:35am...
I think this is a encouraging verse for christians
Benson Ombui's Philippians Chapter 4 comment on 4/11/2014, 6:31am...
This verse strengthens when am weak and give joy after saying amen
Meshalle~'s Philippians Chapter 4 comment about verse 13 on 4/06/2014, 8:22am...
Phillipians 4 13 Is one.of the most inspiring scriptures in the bible . It lets us know we are able to.reach all our mountain tops if we only realize "our cennter
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