Philippians 1:27-30

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Jesus is Lord. Paul urges his friends to live as citizens of God’s kingdom. Having set his circumstance as a paradigm to be emulated by the Philippian church, Paul transitions his letter towards exhortation. He urges the church to stand … Read More

Philippians 18b-26

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“Even though he throws himself with abandon into life in the present, the entire orientation of his life is towards the (absolutely certain) future. Indeed, it is this orientation that explains his singularly focused life in the present (‘for me … Read More

Philippians 1:15-18a

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Paul shows tremendous grace towards fellow Christians who express ill-will towards him. His graciousness is commendable, but we must not misunderstand why he chooses this posture. It is not because he believes that their behaviour is acceptable. In no way … Read More

Philippians 1:12-14

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Paul’s sees his circumstances—his imprisonment—as a catalyst for gospel advancement. Both inside and outside the church the gospel is bolstered as Paul’s commitment to Jesus is tested and found robust and vital. Surely the Empire had desired to silence Paul’s … Read More

January 15th, 2014

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Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10) Paul is concerned that the Philippian church continue to grow in their relationship with Jesus and their experience of the gospel. We demonstrate … Read More

January 14th, 2013

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Paul is writing to the Philippian church from prison. Yet despite his circumstance, perhaps even because of his circumstances, Paul is able to express deep thankfulness for his partnership with the Philippian church. “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in … Read More

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