Written By: Eli
Philippians is another one of the books Paul wrote during his imprisonment. Read through Philippians 4 and see what parallels you can draw from our study in Ephesians.
Therefore, my brothers, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm thus in the Lord, my beloved.
2 I entreat Euodia and I entreat Syntyche to agree in the Lord. 3 Yes, I ask you also, true companion, help these women, who have labored side by side with me in the gospel together with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life.
4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. 5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; 6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9 What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
10 I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. 11 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. 12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. 13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
14 Yet it was kind of you to share my trouble. 15 And you Philippians yourselves know that in the beginning of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church entered into partnership with me in giving and receiving, except you only. 16 Even in Thessalonica you sent me help for my needs once and again. 17 Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit. 18 I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God. 19 And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. 20 To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.
21 Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brothers who are with me greet you. 22 All the saints greet you, especially those of Caesar’s household.
23 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.
The church in Philippi lived in a Roman colony, where patriotism was prevalent. Hence, the gospel, which says that Jesus is now King of the whole world and that His kingdom will endure, was not popular—and the church was ridiculed and persecuted because of it.
Paul’s letter from prison to the Philippians is written in short essays of poetic form that focus on the theme of our lives being lived-out expressions of our faith in Christ. Paul gives the sample of how his status counts as nothing compared to knowing Christ and living as a citizen in His kingdom. He then closes the letter with a challenge to live by example.
Paul wrote the letter to the Philippians in response to a visit from his friend Epaphroditus, who brought gifts and money from the church in Philippi so they could support him during his imprisonment. What does the generosity of the Philippians say about their character?
How difficult is it to be anxious for nothing? What, if anything, do you find yourself anxious about? What is Paul’s advice as a response?
Reread verse 8. Is there any situation in life where this should not be our response? Explain.