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Philippians 1:19-30 Ready Regardless of Outcome

“To live is Christ, to die is gain”

Paul conveys his conviction and prayer while in chains. He is dedicated to stand for Jesus, no matter what the outcome. He is leaving that in God’s hands.

Paul’s fate is uncertain. He has been in chains for a LONG time. He was taken in Jerusalem when he went into the temple after delivering gifts to the saints there. He was sent to Caesarea to thwart a plot on his life. He appealed to Caesar when the Jews tried to kill him there. He was then sent Rome to stand before Caesar, along with being shipwrecked in the process. At the time of his writing this letter he had been imprisoned in one form or another for about 6 years. He was renting a house at this time and being guarded there, but he was still a prisoner and under guard. And he had no idea how much longer this situation was going to go on. Read more »

Philippians 1:12-18 In That I Rejoice

You are so AMAZING God!

Paul shares with his Philippian fellow believers how, even from chains, the message of Jesus is flourishing. What man meant for evil God intends for good.

Paul is writing this letter while he is in Rome under arrest. But even while he is chained between guards, God’s word is still spreading. In fact it is spreading more because of his circumstances. Caesar’s own household was now hearing the message of salvation. Paul’s guards were being converted.

Because of Paul’s position others were becoming bolder in their sharing of the gospel. They had someone they could look directly to as an example of “suffering for Christ.” I’m sure they didn’t wish to be put in his position but by seeing how he conducted himself and how God blessed him in spite of his captors, others were made stronger. Paul points out that not everyone who was preaching the gospel was doing it with pure motives, but if God can use Pharaoh for His purposes, He can use self-serving pretenders too. Read more »

Philippians 1:1-10 Celebrating Good Brothers

The elements of a great partnership

We are starting a new book! We get to read Paul’s letter to the Philippian church. This letter is not a corrective letter but one of thanks giving. It is also one of praise for what God has been doing through all that Paul is enduring.

Paul starts off by saying hello from himself and Timothy. I’m assuming the Philippian church is familiar with Timothy because Paul isn’t introducing him but conveying his greeting.

Paul also makes a point of addressing all the levels of partakers in this body. He starts with a general greeting to “all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi” (verse 1) but then specifically mentions the overseers and deacons. This, to me, says that this church is well established and set in order. Read more »

Ephesians 6:21-24 Goodbye Ephesian Church

I will miss you but I know God has great things in store for you

Paul is bidding farewell to his readers in our section today. He introduces Tychicus to the Ephesian church and speaks a blessing over them.

This letter hasn’t been one of correction so Paul’s closing is shorter than in some of his other letters. He has been expressing God’s love throughout this letter to his readers. So closing with a blessing of peace, love, faith and grace is very appropriate.

Paul focuses first on the earthly relationship in his final benediction; “Peace be to the brothers” (verse 23a). This didn’t limit the peace he was pronouncing to only earthly relationships but he wanted it to be prominent in their interactions. This theme was woven into the fabric of the letter in practical applications given throughout it. But I’m certain that peace with God was also intended in this closing. Read more »

Ephesians 6:10-20 Ready For The Fight

Don’t be caught without it!

Paul points out our equipping from the Holy Spirit for the battle ahead. We are in a spiritual battle and God provides the “armor.”

Paul starts out with a warning. He plainly explains that we are in a spiritual battle that is raging all around us. But we don’t have to be afraid. We live in a fallen world but Jesus has redeemed us from it through the cross, but until His final return this world is a battleground for souls. Satan will use every weapon in his arsenal. But his weapons CANNOT defeat God’s. Read more »