Philippians

PHILIPPIANS

 

To the saints in Philipi written in prison from Rome, by Epaphroditus.  Likely 60-62 AD

 

Philipi was a Roman military colony, elevated to special status under Rome.

Named after the father of Alexander the Great, Philip of Macedon.

It was about 9 miles from the sea, and on the highway between Europe and Asia.

Paul visited Philippi on his second missionary journey. Paul again stopped there on his third missionary and lingered there to keep the Paschal feast.

As in the case of Ephesus, the assembly in Philippi was apparently well organized. It was a fellowship that loved Paul and showed it by sending contributions to his material needs.

Philipians were mostly Macedonian Greeks, Danaan Greeks of the tribe of Dan. Israelites

There were those of Thracian and Trojan blood among them, who were of Zarah Judah, and some Roman residents.

 

Timothy was with Paul in prison under house arrest for some time. Heb 13:23

 

The original Greek manuscripts will be used often to clarify the problems in translation.

 

Philippians 1:1  Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons:

Saint according to “church” teaching are the “believers”. Anyone who “believes” is a saint.

Saint according to scripture, are those of the seed of Abraham. A holy, set apart, called out, race. Israelites of the tribes of Jacob/Israel.

Bishop-guardian, overseer, elected by the assembly.

Decon-servant, or minister in the sense of servant, to the assembly

There is no difference in the Greek.

The difference is created by the “churches” to establish and support as a hierarchy, or order.

We are not to rule over each other, we are to be servants to each other.

 1:2  Grace (favor) be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Prince Yahshua Christ.

 1:3  I thank my God upon every remembrance (mention) of you,

 1:4  Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy,

 1:5  For your fellowship (partnership) in the gospel from the first day until now;

 1:6  Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

 1:7  Even as it is meet (fit) 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 (favor).

They shared Paul's faith.

Paul is referring to his defending of the gospel in public in the Praetorium in Rome, on trial.

 1:8  For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels (affection) of Jesus Christ.

 1:9  And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment (understanding);

 1:10  That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ;

10  For you to examine those things that differ, in order that you would be pure and not stumbling unto the day of Christ.

 1:11  Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory (honor) and praise of God.

 1:12  But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel;

 1:13  So that my bonds in Christ are manifest in all the palace (Praetorium), and in all other places;

 1:14  And many of the brethren in the Prince, waxing confident by my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.

Paul is a model of encouragement.

 1:15  Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will:

The enemies of Christ, by the denial of the gospel, helped prove the gospel true.

 1:16  The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds:

 1:17  But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defence of the gospel.

 1:18  What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretence, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.

The gospel was preached in the open.

 1:19  For I know that this shall turn to my salvation (preservation) through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,

 1:20  According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness (freespokeness), as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.

 1:21  For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

Because the translators don't understand that 'christos', meaning anointed, sometimes refers to  'Christ' the man, and other times, the people, group, seed or race of Abraham. As you can tell, the Romans and Greeks were white people. These people are descendants of the 12 sons of Jacob. If you are white, so are you.

Here is the Greek: 21  For me to live anointed and to die is gain.

In other words, since we are the anointed seed of Abraham, if we live according to the Spirit and die for it, we gain everything. We please Yahweh, and not this world.

 1:22  But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot (prefer) not.

 1:23  For I am in a strait betwixt two (afflicted by the two), having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ (1); which is far better:

2Corinthians 5:8  We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Prince.

 1:24  Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you (2).

Paul struggles with death by martyrdom and living for preaching.

 1:25  And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your furtherance and joy of faith;

 1:26  That your rejoicing may be more abundant in Jesus Christ for me by my coming to you again.

 1:27  Only let your conversation (conduct) 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;

One mindedness of Pentecost.

Ephesians 4:1  I therefore, the prisoner of the Prince, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation (calling) wherewith ye are called,

1Thesselonians 2:12  That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto His kingdom and glory (honor).

1Corinthians 1:10  Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Prince Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.

The 'called' are the 'saints' which are the children of Israel, who are the seed of Abraham.

 1:28  And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God.

28  And in nothing being frightened by the opposition, which to them is an indication of destruction, but of your preservation, and this from Yahweh.

When you do not fear the adversaries of Christ, they understand that their days are numbered.

When you fear not the enemies of Christ, you become assured or confident of your preservation.

 1:29  For unto you it (salvation) is given (offered) in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on Him, but also to suffer for His sake;

The “churches” teach “just believe”. And that you won't have to suffer because He's going to take you away in the “rapture”.

Scripture teaches that you will be tried through fire, and your works, your faith (allegiance) will shine through.

We will go through tribulation. (Acts 14:22, Rom 5:3, 8:35,12:12, 1 Thes 3:4, Rev 7:14)

 1:30  Having the same conflict which ye saw in me, and now hear to be in me.

 

 

Philippians 2:1  If there be therefore any consolation (encouragement)  in Christ (among the Anointed, the group), if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels (affections) and mercies,

 2:2  Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.

John 3:29  He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom's voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled.

Romans 12:16  Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but accomodating to men of low estate (humble). Be not wise in your own conceits.

 2:3  Let nothing be done through strife (contention) or vainglory (empty pride); but in lowliness (humility) of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.  (Gal 5:26, James 3:14)

 2:4  Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.

Be concerned for your brethren.

 2:5  Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

Matthew 11:29  Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

1Peter 2:21  For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow His steps:

 2:6  Who (Christ), being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

 2:7  But (Yet,) made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

2Corinthians 4:4  In whom the god of this world (Satan) hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

 2:8  And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.  (Matt 26:39)

Hebrews 5:8  Though He were a Son, yet learned He obedience by the things which He suffered;

 2:9  Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name:

Hebrews 1:4  Being made so much better than the angels, as He hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.

Hebrews 2:9  But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that He by the favor of God should taste death for every kinsman.

 2:10  That at the name of Yahshua every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;  (Psalm 95:6, Isa 45:23, Matt 28:18)

Psalm 95:6  O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Prince our maker.

Isaiah 45:23  I have sworn by Myself, the word is gone out of My mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto Me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.

Matthew 28:18  And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth.

 2:11  And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Prince, to the glory (honor) of God the Father.

 2:12  Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation (deliverance) with fear and trembling. Obedience.

 2:13  For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure.

13  For it is Yahweh who is operating in you, both to desire and to work for that approval.

“Just believing” doesn't cut it.

 2:14  Do all things without murmurings and disputings:

 2:15  That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;

The original Greek reveals the deliberate changes made by the translators.

15  That you would be perfect and with unmixed blood, blameless children of Yahweh in the midst of a race crooked and perverted- among whom you appear as luminaries in the Society,

The race of Yahweh versus the race of Satan. Gen 3:15

 2:16  Holding forth (upholding) the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.

Galatians 2:2  And I went up by revelation, and communicated unto them that gospel which I preach among the dispersed Nations of Israel, but privately to them which were of reputation, lest by any means I should run, or had run, in vain.

 2:17  Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all.

2Timothy 4:6  For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.

 2:18  For the same cause also do ye joy, and rejoice with me.

 2:19  But I trust in the Prince Jesus to send Timotheus shortly unto you, that I also may be of good comfort, when I know your state.

 2:20  For I have no man likeminded, who will naturally care for your state.

Psalm 55:13  But thou, a man mine equal, my guide, and mine acquaintance.

The reason why he's sending Timothy.

 2:21  For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ's.

1Corinthians 10:24  Let no man seek that of himself, but that of the another.

1Corinthians 13:5  (Love) Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;

2Timothy 4:10  For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world (society), and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia.

 2:22  But ye know the proof of him (Timothy), that, as a son with the father, he hath served with me in the gospel.

 2:23  Him therefore I hope to send presently, so soon as I shall see how it will go with me.

 2:24  But I trust in the Prince that I also myself shall come shortly.

Paul is hoping to be released from prison as well.

 2:25  Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, and companion in labour, and fellowsoldier, but your messenger, and he that ministered to my wants. (Philem 2, 2 Cor 8:23)

 2:26  For he longed after you all, and was full of heaviness, because that ye had heard that he had been sick.

 2:27  For indeed he was sick nigh unto death: but God had mercy on him; and not on him only, but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow.

 2:28  I sent him therefore the more carefully, that, when ye see him again, ye may rejoice, and that I may be the less sorrowful.

 2:29  Receive him (Epaphroditus)  therefore in the Prince with all gladness; and hold such in reputation:

 2:30  Because for the work of Christ he was nigh unto death, not regarding his life, to supply your lack of service toward me.

1Corinthians 16:17  I am glad of the coming of Stephanas and Fortunatus and Achaicus: for that which was lacking on your part they have supplied.

 

 

Philippans 3:1  Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Prince. To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not grievous (troublesome), but for you it is safe (assuring).

 3:2  Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision (opposition).

Christ and scripture refer to Canaanites as dogs. Which are a branch of Jews.

In some instances, an Israelite that imitates the enemy is considered a dog.

Psalm 22:16  For dogs have compassed Me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed Me: they pierced My hands and My feet.

Isaiah 56:10-11

10  His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber.

11  Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter.

Matthew 7:6  Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.

Matthew 15:26  But He answered and said, It is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to dogs.

Revelation 22:15  For without (outside) are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.

Galatians 5:15  But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.  Don't act as the heathen do.

Note the end of Philippians 3:2  ... beware of the concision.

Romans 2:28  For he is not a Judaean, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:

Circumcision had a purpose from Abraham until about 150 BC. When everybody does it, you really can't tell by just the physical distinction. Paul is warning us to beware, to discern by their works.

 3:3  For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence (trust) in the flesh.

Deuteronomy 30:6  And Yahweh thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love Yahweh thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live.

Jeremiah 4:4  Circumcise yourselves to Yahweh, and take away the foreskins of your heart, ye men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem: lest My fury come forth like fire, and burn that none can quench it, because of the evil of your doings.

The House of Judah (Judah, Benjamin and Levi) are the circumcision. This is a reference to the tribes that returned to Jerusalem after the Babylonian captivity. They had and kept the law that was given to their ancestors in the Exodus. They had no excuse for falling away.

 3:4  Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more:

Paul was raised a Pharisee. He followed the letter of the law as it was understood at that time, under the influence of the Edomite scribes and Pharisees. They boasted that they followed the law, or what was then the perverted 'the traditions of men'. The law of Moses, altered.

 3:5  Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching (concerning) the law, a Pharisee;

 3:6  Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.

6  By zeal: persecuting the assembly. By righteousness that is in law: being blameless.

 3:7  But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.

7  The things that were gain to me, these I have regarded as loss on account of the Anointed (the group).

Paul as a Pharisee, thought he was doing right by persecuting the assemblies. Those he destroyed were a gain, but since his conversion, he now counts them for a loss among the 'saints'.

Matthew 13:44  Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.

Paul was 'all in' when his eyes were opened.

 3:8  Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency (prevailing) of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Prince: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win (gain) Christ,

Isaiah 53:11  He shall see of the travail of His soul, and shall be satisfied: by His knowledge shall My righteous servant justify many; for He shall bear their iniquities.

 3:9  And be found in Him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith (allegiance):

Only Christ had faith (allegiance). We must strive to attain the same allegiance (faith).

 3:10  That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death;

 3:11  If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of (from among) the dead.

 3:12  Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.

12  Not that I have already received, or I am already perfected, but I pursue if also I may obtain, on the condition that I also have been obtained by Christ Yahshua.

Humility- Even Paul doesn't have this guarantee.

If Paul understands that being “saved” is not a one and done deal, how can today's “church” goers declare that? We should not be so sure or arrogant of ourselves. Proclaiming “oh, I'm saved”. Being “saved” is an ongoing thing. That's why the real meaning is preserved, or preservation. It has to do with this mortal life. We must continue imitating Christ's example. Preservation is an 'ongoing' thing.

 3:13  Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended (obtained): but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before (ahead),

 3:14  I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

 3:15  Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.

 3:16  Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.

Walk in the knowledge you gain.

 3:17  Brethren, be followers (imitators) together of me, and mark (consider) them which walk so as ye have us for an example.

 3:18  (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:

 3:19  Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory (expectation) is in their shame (disgrace), who mind earthly things.)

Jews are not going to be converted.

Galatians 1:7  But there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.

2Corinthians 11:14-15

14  And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

15  Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

1Timothy 6:5  Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.

Titus 1:11  Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake.

 3:20  For our conversation (government) is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Prince Jesus Christ:

 3:21  Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto His glorious body, according to the working (operation) whereby He is able even to subdue all things unto Himself.

1Corinthians 15:43  It (our body) is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory (honor): it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:

 

Philippians 4:1  Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Prince, my dearly beloved.

 4:2  I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Prince.

Both are women. Euodias in Greek means good odor. Syntyche means with fortune.

 4:3  And I intreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellowlabourers, whose names are in the book of life.

 4:4  Rejoice in the Prince always: and again I say, Rejoice.

Romans 12:12  Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;

1Thessalonians 5:16  Rejoice evermore.

1Peter 4:13  But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when His glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

 4:5  Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Prince is at hand.

Hebrews 10:25  Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

1Peter 4:7  But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.

 4:6  Be careful (anxious) for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.  

Psalm 55:22  Cast thy burden upon Yahweh, and He shall sustain thee: He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.

 4:7  And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds (thoughts) through (in) Christ Jesus.

John 14:27  Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Romans 5:1  Therefore being justified by faith (allegiance), we have peace with God through our Prince Jesus Christ:

Colossians 3:15  And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body ; and be ye thankful.  

The 'ecclessia' is the body, the assembly of each individual who is called. Christ is the head.

 4:8  Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure (undefiled), whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on (take into account) these things.

 4:9  Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

DO His example. Philippians 3:17  Brethren, be followers (imitators) together of me, and mark (consider) them which walk so as ye have us for an example.

 4:10  But I rejoiced in the Prince greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity.

10  Now I have rejoiced greatly in the Prince, that some time before this you had rejuvenated your thinking concerning me, although even as you had been thinking, yet you had lacked opportunity.

2Corinthians 11:9  And when I was present with you, and wanted, I was chargeable to no man: for that which was lacking to me the brethren which came from Macedonia supplied: and in all things I have kept myself from being burdensome unto you, and so will I keep myself.

 4:11  Not that I speak in respect (concerning) of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state (circumstance) I am, therewith to be content (self sufficient).

 4:12  I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.  

1Corinthians 4:11  Even unto this present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain dwellingplace;

 4:13  I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

John 15:5  I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without Me ye can do nothing.

 4:14  Notwithstanding ye have well done, that ye did communicate with my affliction.

14  Now you have done well having fellowship together in my tribulation.

 4:15  Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church (assembly)  communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only.

 4:16  For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity.

 4:17  Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.

 4:18  But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God.

 4:19  But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory (honor) by Christ Jesus.

Psalm 23:1  Yahweh is my shepherd; I shall not want.

 4:20  Now unto God and our Father be glory (honor) for ever and ever. Amen.

 4:21  Salute every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren which are with me greet you.

 4:22  All the saints salute you, chiefly they that are of Caesar's household.

Paul was in the Praetorium, and as a result of his trial, some hearing the word were converted.

 4:23  The grace (favor) of our Prince Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

 

 

 

PHILIPPIANS-  CHURCH DOCTRINE VS. SCRIPTURE

 

Below are 3 sources of what the modern churches preach today about the book of Philippians.

The purpose is to expose the apostasy and perversion of the scriptures, and to educate our people about the truth of our heritage. That we, the anglo-saxon race who are the descendants of ancient Israel, are the people of Abraham's seed and therefore the heirs of the promises of Yahweh. Not the Jews who distort and pervert the scriptures and teach the 'traditions of men'.

 

 

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The book of Philippians is a Prison Epistle (letter written while in prison). Paul wrote it about 62 A.D. as he anticipated his release from prison. They key personalities are the Apostle Paul, Timothy, Epaphroditus, Euodia, and Syntyche. It was written to show his appreciation and love to the Philippians in a thank-you letter for their continued help and support, and also to encourage their growth.

•    Chapter 1, Paul writes about his sufferings and that through his imprisonment the Kingdom was increased. “Now I want you to know, brethren, that my circumstances have turned out for the greater progress of the gospel” (1:12). Christians are to surrender their lives in service to Christ Jesus. Thank you. And what should Christians expect in this life for doing this? Suffering. How about preservation. Paul explains that there are two things granted by God for a believer (saint), . The first is to believe in Him and the other is to suffer, “For to you it has been granted for Christ’s sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake, experiencing the same conflict which you saw in me, and now hear to be in me” (1:29-30). Jesus said, “Count the cost”... (Luke 14:25-33).

•    Chapter 2, Paul explains the benefits of believers (saints) in unity with the “mind of Christ”. He teaches a theological lesson about the humanity of Jesus Christ as He laid down His glory and became a perfect human man in order to rescue and restore mankind back to a relationship with God.

Following and living His example will preserve you and allow Him to reside in you.

•    Chapter 3, Paul expounds on the joys of a Christian and encourages the church (assembly) to press forward with the Gospel. He displays his testimony when he said, “I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ” (3:8).

•    Chapter 4, Paul again mentions joy in Christ as he encourages believers (saints) to rejoice in the Lord (Prince. Lord refers to Baal.). It is important for the believer (saint) to be well grounded in prayer and thanksgiving. To offer praise and to give God thanks for the many provisions they are blessed with, “my God shall supply all your needs” (4:19).

Anyone who “believes” is not a saint. A saint is defined as set apart, called, holy, of the seed of Abraham. Other races cannot be a saint because they “believe”. We believe because we are saints. We are of the seed or posterity of Abraham.

 

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Summary of the Book of Philippians

The early church (assembly) was unanimous in its testimony that Philippians was written by the apostle Paul (see 1:1). Internally the letter reveals the stamp of genuineness. The many personal references of the author fit what we know of Paul from other NT books.

It is evident that Paul wrote the letter from prison (see 1:13-14). Some have argued that this imprisonment took place in Ephesus, perhaps c. a.d. 53-55; others put it in Caesarea c. 57-59. Best evidence, however, favors Rome as the place of origin and the date as c. 61. This fits well with the account of Paul's house arrest in Acts 28:14-31. When he wrote Philippians, he was not in the Mamertine dungeon as he was when he wrote 2 Timothy. He was in his own rented house, where for two years he was free to impart the gospel to all who came to him.

Purpose

Paul's primary purpose in writing this letter was to thank the Philippians for the gift they had sent him upon learning of his detention at Rome (1:5; 4:10-19). However, he makes use of this occasion to fulfill several other desires: (1) to report on his own circumstances (1:12-26; 4:10-19); (2) to encourage the Philippians to stand firm in the face of persecution and rejoice regardless of circumstances (1:27-30; 4:4); (3) to exhort them to humility and unity (2:1-11; 4:2-5); (4) to commend Timothy and Epaphroditus to the Philippian church (assembly) (2:19-30); and (5) to warn the Philippians against the Judaizers (legalists, JEWS) and antinomians (libertines) among them (ch. 3).

Recipients

The city of Philippi was named after King Philip II of Macedon, father of Alexander the Great. It was a prosperous Roman colony, which meant that the citizens of Philippi were also citizens of the city of Rome itself. They prided themselves on being Romans (see Ac 16:21), dressed like Romans and often spoke Latin. No doubt this was the background for Paul's reference to the believer's (saint's)  heavenly citizenship (3:20-21). Many of the Philippians were retired military men who had been given land in the vicinity and who in turn served as a military presence in this frontier city. That Philippi was a Roman colony may explain why there were not enough Judaeans there to permit the establishment of a synagogue and why Paul does not quote the OT in the Philippian letter.

False. As shown above in all 4 chapters, Paul does quote from the OT.

            Characteristics

    • Philippians contains no OT quotations.

    • It is a missionary thank-you letter in which the missionary reports on the progress of his work.

    • It manifests a particularly vigorous type of Christian living: (1) self-humbling (2:1-4); (2) pressing toward the goal (3:13-14); (3) lack of anxiety (4:6); (4) ability to do all things (4:13).

    • It is outstanding as the NT letter of joy; the word "joy" in its various forms occurs some 16 times.

    • It contains one of the most profound Christological passages in the NT (2:5-11). Yet, profound as it is, Paul includes it mainly for illustrative purposes.

 

 

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Philippians

Who wrote the book?

Paul ministered at Philippi during his second missionary journey, spending about three months in the city. The ministry at Philippi marked Paul’s entrance into Macedonia, which came about as a result of a vision he had in the city of Troas, just across the northeastern corner of the Aegean Sea from the port city of Neapolis and its close neighbor Philippi (Acts 16:8–12).

During this first stay in Philippi—he later briefly visited the city on his third missionary journey (20:6)—Paul brought to faith in Christ people (Isrealites) who would form the core of the burgeoning congregation in the city. Among them were Lydia, a businesswoman who opened her home to Paul and his coworkers (16:13–15), and the Philippian jailer, who was converted under Paul’s ministry after an earthquake miraculously broke open the prison (16:22–34).

Where are we?

Of the four Prison Epistles, Paul likely wrote Philippians last, near the end of his Roman imprisonment in AD 61 or 62. Paul sent the other three Prison Epistles—Ephesians, Colossians, and Philemon—by the hand of Tychicus, as their destinations were near one another. However, the letter to the Philippians was to be delivered by Epaphroditus, who had come to Paul in Rome with financial help from the church (assembly) at Philippi (Philippians 2:25; 4:18). But during his time in Rome, Epaphroditus took ill, which delayed his return home and, therefore, the delivery of the letter (2:26–27).

Why is Philippians so important?

The apostle Paul did not write Philippians in response to a crisis, as he did with Galatians and Colossians. Instead, he wrote to express his appreciation and affection for the Philippian believers (saints). More than any other church (assembly), the believers (saints) in Philippi offered Paul material support for his ministry (2 Corinthians 8:11; Philippians 4:15–18). Paul’s affection for these people is clear throughout the letter as he encouraged them to live out their faith (allegiance) in joy and unity (1:3–5, 25–26; 4:1).

What's the big idea?

Philippians brims over with often quoted passages: “He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6), “To live is Christ (Anointed, called) and to die is gain” (1:21), and “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me” (4:13) are just a few. But the portrait of Jesus Christ as a humble servant serves as the core of Paul’s teaching in this letter (2:5–11).

Paul’s joy at the mere thought of the Philippian church (assembly) is undeniable in the letter, and it’s that same joy that he wanted the recipients to possess as well. To lead the Philippians to this truth, Paul took them directly to Jesus, teaching them that a community of believers (saints) living in harmony with one another comes only through mutual humility modeled after the Savior. Paul wrote that he poured out his life as an offering for the sake of Christ, leading Paul to find great joy and contentment in Christ’s service. His letter to the Philippians showed them that by centering their lives on (the example of) Christ, they, too, might live in true joy.

How do I apply this?

Though we all have much to be thankful for, the pace and the pressure of life often squeeze the joy from us. Our shoulders slumped and our heads bowed, we find some days—or months—very difficult to get through. Desperate, we often search for joy in all kinds of ways—acquiring possessions, visiting places, or seeing people. But none of these can provide lasting joy. Where do you find joy in the midst of a trying circumstance?

Paul knew, as did the Philippians, that true joy comes only through humble faith (allegiance) in the saving work of Jesus Christ, joining ourselves in harmony with His followers, and serving others in the name of Christ. This was the life experienced by the Philippian believers (saints), and it is a life available to us today.

Allow the joy you find in Christ to keep you from useless quarrels and divisions and to instead guide you into harmonious relationships with God’s people.

Who are God's people? If you say “believers” then you are not hearing and understanding scripture. God's people are of the generations of Adam, and more specifically, the seed of Abraham, saints, Israelites. The Anglo-saxon races of Europe, New Zealand, Australia, Canada and America.

The bible does not include the other peoples of the world in the promises made to Abraham or the redemption in Christ. No one else was given the law but Israel. Christ was sent but only to the children of Israel. Yahweh divorced us during the time of the kings as punishment for disobedience and race mixing. Christ came to show us the example of His allegiance (faith), and to die for our sins so we could be cleansed and remarried to Him. Hence, the bride. Only Israel is the bride. Christ will not break His own law and be in a mixed race relationship.

The “churches” teach that everybody and anybody are by “just believing” admitted.

If you have been paying attention, the scriptures teach exclusivity. Children of Israel.

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