PHILIPPIANS

Please note individual verse comments are below this section in black printing.

Chapter 1

    Verse 1    Written to the saints in Philippi

    Verses 2-5    greetings

    Verse 6    Looking forward to "the day of Jesus Christ."

    Verse 7    States that he in in chains (in prison), and that all believers are partakers of grace.

    Verses 9-11    Paul prayed that love would grow as the believers gained knowledge and discernment.

    Verses 12-14    Paul felt that his imprisonment had furthered the cause of the gospel - as other disciples became more bold to tell others of their faith.

    Verses 15-17    Some others preached the gospel out of envy and strife for their own ambition, but some did with love and agreed with his defense of the gospel.

    Verse 18    It doesn't matter why, but that Christ is preached, and that is a reason for rejoicing.

    Verses 19-21    Paul had faith that the Philippians prayers and the Holy Spirit would bring his deliverance, however, he wanted Christ to be magnified in him either by life or death.

    Verses 22-24    Paul's indecision if he wanted life or death.

    Verses 25-26    Paul's confidence returned and he was sure he would see the Philippians again.

    Verses 27-28    He wanted them to conduct themselves in a way that would be pleasing to Christ if he was able to return or not, and not to be afraid of the enemies of the gospel.

    Verses 29-30    For the Philippians (and all believers) are asked to suffer for the sake of Jesus Christ because of our belief in Him, as Paul did.

Chapter 2

    Verses 1-2    Paul wanted all of the Philippians to be of the same mind and spirit as he was.

    Verse 3    Not to be selfish with ambition, but to think more highly of others than themselves.

    Verse 4    Care not just for yourself, but also the interests of others.

    Verses 5-7    The example of Christ Jesus, who was equal to God, but lowered Himself to be a servant to the people.

    Verse 8    Jesus had the appearance of a man, yet humbled Himself to death, even death on a cross.

    Verses 9-11    Because Jesus gave of Himself in this way, God has exalted Him (Jesus) and His name is above every other name. At the name of Jesus, every knee shall bow whether in heaven, earth or hell. Every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to God's glory.

    Verses 12-13    God wants you to make your decision, not from my (Paul's) presence, but all the more since I am not there. It is God who wants you to serve Him.

    Verses 14-15    Don't complain or have disputes among yourselves but show yourselves to be blameless and harmless; devoted children of God, perfect in a perverse generation. Become as lights in a darkened world.

    Verse 16    Hold forth the gospel, so that I (Paul) will not have labored in vain.

    Verse 17    If I [Paul] am giving you of my faith with sacrifice for you, I am glad for you, 

    Verse 18    and you should also be glad to be of service.

    Verse 19    Trusting in the Lord- Jesus, I am sending Timothy to you soon so he can encourage me by telling me your spiritual state.

    Verse 20    For there is no one like Timothy who cares about you.

    Verse 21    Others seek their own glory and not the things of Christ,

    Verse 22    but you know Timothy's character and how he and I have served in proclaiming the gospel.

    Verse 23    Hopefully, I will be sending him at once

    Verse 24    and I trust in the Lord that I will also come shortly.

    Verses 25-26    I considered sending you Epaphroditus, my co-worker, but he was sick. 

    Verse 27    Indeed he was sick almost to death; but God showed His mercy on Epaphroditus and myself also, so I wouldn't have sorrow upon sorrow. 

    Verse 28    Therefore, I am sending him more eagerly that you may rejoice and I will be less sorrowful.

    Verses 29-30    Receive him therefore in gladness in the Lord and hold him and other workers in esteem; because of his work for Christ he came close to death. 

Chapter 3

1/1/2004:

    Sorry, but I did not finish this in this format.  I believe the Navigators, Quiet Time Diary and Our Daily Bread comments will fill in for chapters 3 and 4.

I will add my notes from journaling from this point:

The following comments are from Navigator's, Our Daily Bread and Quiet Time Diary journals. One verse will be entered, then the comment, then the date.

1:1    Paul and Timothy, bondservants of Christ Jesus,
         To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, including the overseers and deacons:

    The first verse of Philippians is generally an introduction to tell us who wrote the letter and who it's addressed to.
    Paul, by writing "bondservants" indicated that he knew that the Lord Jesus was in control and he was just here on earth to serve His will.
    True born-again believers are called saints, which is different than what the Catholic church uses that word for.
    I don't understand why Paul used overseers and deacons as a separate entry, as they should already be believers-saints mentioned earlier. (DRM 1/29/14)

1:2    Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

    This is from the opening paragraph of the letter from Paul to the Philippian church. Paul is reminding the church that God is giving grace to each believer. God loves all of the people and things He created - and wants us to live in peaceful harmony. Of course that has not occurred yet - but will come someday in Heaven. (DRM 1/4/14)

1:3-5    I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, 4always offering prayer with joy in my every prayer for you all, 5in view of your participation in the gospel from the first day until now.

    Friendship with other believers is really important to Christian growth. As we know each others needs, we pray for needs and participate in various church activities together - Christian fellowship and caring. (DRM 6/29/08)

1:6    For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.

    Praise the Lord that He sent someone to tell me about Him. While I rarely see or hear from the person who told me about Jesus, the Lord will continue to work in me by the Holy Spirit. Hopefully I'll get better. (DRM 9/2/01)

    The dash between my birth year and my "death" year is a deception to Christians. While we have a physical birth, we also have a spiritual birth. Our spiritual lives won't die - we will always be growing to be more like Jesus - even after our physical deaths. 
    This verse refers to our spiritual life. From the day we are born in the spirit, we will continue to grow. PTL! {Praise the Lord} (DRM 4/17/05)

    Paul knew the people personally that he was writing to. He wanted to encourage them in their faith and service to the Lord.
    One of the best aspects of the Bible is that, while written to a specific people ages ago, when we read Paul's letters they can also apply to us. It's like a letter straight from Paul to us, as directed by the Holy Spirit.
    So, God willing, we can continue to grow in faith/perfection/sanctification until the day of Christ Jesus - be it the Rapture or our homegoing day. (DRM 8/7/15)

1:7    For it is only right for me to feel this way about you all, because I have you in my heart, since both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partaking of grace with me.

    This refers back to v. 6 and reminds me of different aspects of living the Christian life.
    Paul has them in his heart - because he loves them like brothers and sisters. He knows them personally and knows they have received Christ - and His grace.
    This truly is encouraging to me. (DRM 4/17/11)

1:8    For God is my witness, how I long for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus. 

    This answers the following question: {How should I feel about God's work in my life?} I should care a lot for others as this verse indicates. God wants us to forgive others, not hold grudges, and to be more like His Son Jesus Christ. (DRM 9/3/01)

    The day we/I trusted in Jesus as my Saviour, I became a part of a new family of believers. We all believe in the same basic things about Jesus and all that He did for us. Paul felt this affection for fellow believers in the same way we do.
    Like human families, we still have disagreements on little things, but when you/I think about the petty differences, it shouldn't affect our basic unity - the gospel that brings us together - Jesus Christ is Lord.
    When our time on earth is over, we can ask Jesus the answer to our questions, then our knowledge will truly increase! (DRM 4/26/17)

1:9    And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment,

    This answers the following question: {In what ways can I show God's love?} When I became a Christian, the Holy Spirit came into me and filled me with His love. I should show this love through my kindness to others and hopefully lead some to Christ. (DRM 9/4/01)

1:10    . . . so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ;

    This is the second half of Paul's "prayer," as he states in verse nine.
    After a person becomes a Christian believer, they (we) will follow the way that Jesus and Paul want us to go. This is to agree or approve of doing things their way. As a result of following this "excellent" way, we will be blameless. (By our repenting of our sins), then we will be ready for the day of Christ.
    The "day of Christ" could refer to the first day we see Christ - death or rapture - or the "day" {(1000)years} when Jesus begins to rule on earth. (DRM 12/17/13)

1:11    . . . having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

    This is the third part of a three verse sentence written by Paul. I think that the point here is that believers become filled with the fruit of righteousness. I believe this is the sanctification process that takes a while to grow. The growth occurs from reading the Bible and eventually comprehending how all of the Books from the Old Testament through New Testament make a complete story. (DRM 6/30/08)

1:12    Now I want you to know, brethren, that my circumstances have turned out for the greater progress of the gospel,

    Paul is writing this from prison and thinks that he is making progress with the gospel.
    When we (I) have setbacks and don't understand why God isn't working things out "my way," as time goes on and we (I) reflect on those times, it makes sense as to why things didn't work out. It's hard at the time it happens, but, eventually, we see how God was working even during the difficult times. (DRM 4/18/11)

1:13    so that my imprisonment in the cause of Christ has become well known throughout the whole praetorian (palace) guard and to everyone else. 

    Paul was a bold, spirit-filled person. He wanted everyone to know Jesus Christ as their Savior. The only way that all of the palace guards knew about him was because of his proclamation of the gospel. He must have had some prisoners near his room, as the other prisoners also knew him. 
    I pray that I too will become as bold as Paul was in sharing the Good News of Jesus. (DRM 4/18/05)

1:14    and that most of the brethren, trusting in the Lord because of my imprisonment, have far more courage to speak the word of God without fear.

    This answers the following question: {How can I use my circumstances to advance the Gospel?} Even while Paul was in prison, he made the most of his circumstances and witnessed to the guards. By doing this, he was an encouragement to other Christians outside the prison. (DRM 9/5/01)

1:15, 16    Some, to be sure, are preaching Christ even from envy and strife, but some also from good will; 16the latter do it out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel;

    Have you visited a church and heard a sermon that doesn't refer to Jesus - or what He has done for us? That could be like what Paul is referring to here. We should be hearing more about what Christ did for us and how to live for Him - the pastor should be concerned about our souls. (DRM 7/1/08)

1:17    . . . the former proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition rather than from pure motives, thinking to cause me distress in my imprisonment.

    Paul had taught many people about Jesus Christ and some of those taught others. Of those, some taught out of love for Christ (v. 16) and others did it for the money.
    Obviously, sharing the gospel should not be a profitable enterprise, but something done from the love of Jesus. If people donate to a ministry it's because they gain something from what is said or written. (DRM 4/19/11)

    Apparently they claimed that Paul had failed the Lord and that God put him in prison as a punishment. They thought his troubles were a sign that the hand of God was no longer on his ministry, and now the mantle had passed on to them. (Word of Life diary)

1:18    What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed; and in this I rejoice, yes and I will rejoice,

    This answers the following question: {What should be my motive for telling others of Christ?} Paul, in this verse, didn't care how the Word was proclaimed, so long as people heard of Christ. The Lord [I think] would prefer that I serve Him with pure motives out of love for Him. (DRM 9/6/01)

    Paul was in prison (v. 13) and other "brethren" (v.14) or disciples were proclaiming Jesus to the world.
    People apparently proclaimed Christ for different reasons, but Paul's statement here was that the reason didn't matter, but the message was the important part.
    Hopefully, through this web site, and other vocal ways, I am presenting the gospel to the world.
    What does the Lord want you to do? (DRM 2/3/12)

    All believers are called to share the wonderful news of the saving grace of God. "Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ's behalf, be reconciled to God" (2 Cor. 5:20). (From Our Daily Bread, 2/3/12)

1:19    . . . for I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayers and the provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,

    Paul was in prison for the proclamation of the gospel (v. 7). In this letter to the Philippian church, he has faith that he will be released from prison.
    In this verse he is requesting their prayers on his behalf and expressing confidence that Jesus will provide for him.
    Many times we (I) have no control over our circumstances. These are times when our faith is tested. We need to depend on the Lord and our (and others) prayers to Him for deliverance. (DRM 7/30/12)

1:20    according to my earnest expectation and hope, that I shall not be put to shame in anything, but that with all boldness, Christ shall even now, as always, be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. 

    This answers the following question: {How will I magnify Christ in my body today?} The Lord wants ALL Christians to share His words to whoever they know. Since He was kind enough to save us, we should be BOLD in our proclamation of Him. Not easy. (DRM 9/7/01)

    Paul wondered the motives of others that were also preaching about Jesus. He felt that, for whatever reason, that it was good for Him. This verse seems a bit like a prayer that Paul would continue to be bold in his witness for Christ so long as he lived. I feel that I should also feel the same - and have Jesus show in my life. (DRM 4/19/05)

1:21, 22    For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22But if I am to live on in the flesh, this will mean fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which to choose.

    [Re: 1:21]    This answers the following question: {What is my purpose for living?} My purpose in living is Christ - to have others know of Him. Sometimes it's hard to talk about Christ, then I hope they see evidence of His indwelling my life. To die will bring me to Him. (DRM 9/8/01)

    [Re: 1:21, 22]    As believers, we know that a home is awaiting us in Heaven that is described as a mansion in the Bible. Heaven sounds wonderful.
    But, like Paul, we (I) are still on earth right now. God has left us here to share the gospel with others in one of several ways. He decides when our time to move to Heaven has arrived.
    Paul wasn't sure what he would choose, between Heaven and Earth, as he knew his mission. My (our) mission is the same. Keep working for His service AND look forward to the next life => location. (DRM 1/6/12)

    [Re: 1:21, 22]    As Christians, we know that Jesus has plans for us not only on earth, but also when we get to be with Him in Heaven. We know that death on earth is also the beginning of a totally new experience in Heaven, so death no longer should be feared.
    Paul also points out that he/we have work on earth while we are waiting our death or rapture. God wants us to share His good news with others - and that should be a labor of love - for He who died for my/our sins also opened my eyes to His eternal love.
    No one knows the day or the hour. . . (DRM 6/8/16)

1:23, 24    But I am hard-pressed from both directions, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better; 24yet to remain on in the flesh is more necessary for your sake.

    I think everyone has at least some, "I want to do it my way," in them. I know I have too much of that! Here Paul tells us (me) that we are to think more of others than ourselves. I have found that helping others and listening more helps me to get my mind off of my own problems - which is great! (DRM 7/3/08)

    Paul just said it, (v. 21) "to live is Christ and to die is gain." While we are on earth in our current bodies, we should be living for Christ and sharing His love in one way or another. When we leave earth (death or Rapture), we will be with Him as believers and that is sure to be an improvement over our current life.
    Perhaps the point is that we are to make the most of our time while on earth by showing Christ in our lives to others. We have eternity to look forward to. He will call us "home" when He is ready. (DRM 5/14/17)

1:25    And convinced of this, I know that I shall remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy in the faith, 

    This answers the following question: {What is God's purpose in placing me where I am?} God doesn't want us to be shy about sharing our faith in Him. He wants us to grow in faith and to build up others - in church, or wherever we meet them. (DRM 9/9/01)

1:26    . . . so that your proud confidence in me may abound in Christ Jesus through my coming to you again.

    Paul clearly was writing to the church at Philippi from his prison cell in Rome. He was happy that the gospel was being shared - no matter the motive. (v.16-18).
    Paul was convinced that he would be released and the prayers of the Philippians would not fail. (v. 25-26)
    Paul was convinced that he would return at this writing. Jesus promised His return also - so we are to share our faith in some way until He returns. (DRM 1/19/13)

1:27    Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ; so that whether I come and see you or remain silent. . . 

    This answers the following question: {How should I conduct myself around those who oppose the Gospel?} The Lord wants us to "stand firm" in our commitment to Him. It will be tempting to go the other way, but with the help of the Holy Spirit and other Christians, we should stand firm in our beliefs. (DRM 9/10/01)

1:28    . . . in no way alarmed by your opponents - which is a sign of destruction for them, but of salvation for you, and that too, from God.

    This is a continuation of the v. 27 sentence.
    As believers, we are to stand firm against the opposition, which are people and spirits that come from Satan.
    When we experience this, we should be confident that we are true believers and "stand up" for what we believe. (DRM 4/20/11)

1:29    For to you it has been granted for Christ's sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake,

    This answers the following question: {In what ways have I experienced suffering for Christ?} Suffering [for me, rejection, physical pain and loneliness] is not something pleasant. While I understand that Christ wants us to grow in our dependence on Him, it's not always "fun." (DRM 9/11/01)

    God knew in advance that I would believe in Him, as He knows everything. The second half of this verse is harder - He also wants me to suffer for His sake. It may be the opposition that I receive to His leadings like the evangelism project, or simple negative comments about the bookmarks. Physical suffering could be coming - but I still must keep my faith and trust in Jesus. (DRM 4/20/05)

1:30    . . . experiencing the same conflict which you saw in me, and now hear it to be in me.

    Verses 29-30 are one sentence, so one thought.
    Paul had suffered for Christ's sake through many events that others would probably given up on.
    Paul was reminding the Philippians that they would also go through trials after becoming believers in Jesus.
    During life, we will all go through some trials, they are different for each one of us. The point is to expect them and be ready to go through them - knowing that Jesus will be with us throughout the journey. (DRM 11/21/13)

[re: 1:29, 30]    Paul was torn between two desires. He wanted to be with Jesus in Heaven and also wanted to help the people in Philippi (vv. 23-24). This is the conflict that he seems to be writing about here.
    We all have various trials in our lives involving health, family and spiritual conflicts like Paul had (e.g. should I do this or that, Lord?)
    While we each have at least one spiritual gift/talent, the main thing is to stay with the Lord and try to do everything He wants me to do. When the Holy Spirit tells us "don't do that", don't do it! (DRM 3/19/16)

    Holiness is simply Christ in us fulfilling the will and commands of the Father. (from Our Daily Bread 3/19/16)

2:1    Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion,

    This is the first half of a two verse sentence, so the whole sentence needs to be understood together.
    It seems to me that the four items mentioned here should all be within the heart of Christian believers. At each comma, ask yourself the question, "is there?" and I would think it should be "yes" for all four items. (DRM 3/6/12)

2:2    . . . make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose.

    This is the second half of a long, two-verse sentence.
    I might call this unification in Christ, where all believers are considered to be part of the body of Christ. We shouldn't disagree, we should love each other, be united in spirit and unified in purpose. While this isn't a perfect world, it is our mission (among many) to promote these things within the Christian body of Christ. (DRM 4/21/11)

    [Re: 2:1, 2]    As Christians, we need other Christians to encourage our spiritual walk. Many people have other Christians in their family that will help and encourage them in this respect. I know I don't. This is also supposed to be the function of the church family.
    Like a personal family, a church family should be "of the same mind" and united in faith. It's a place to expect fellowship and "intent on one purpose."
    As Christians, we should agree on the essentials of the faith and live with our differences. It's a goal that can be achieved! (DRM 8/18/15)

2:3    Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves;

    This Paul wrote to the Philippian church - thus for all people, not just one individual. Since we, as believers, are part of the Christian church and reading his letter, it's addressed for each of us also.
    I think most people are somewhat selfish and self-centered, as we know ourselves better than anyone else. Clearly this directive is opposite our earthly nature - but it makes sense, and after doing it- it really feels good. I know I'd learn more listening to others' experiences than sharing mine. (DRM 4/7/14)

2:4    do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.

    This answers the following question: {What are some ways I can show concern for others?} Occasionally I talk to strangers. Most seem reluctant to do so. That's what we've been taught. My hope is that, as they talk to me, they can know that Christ is in me and I want them to know Him too. (DRM 9/12/01)

    Sometimes [like today] it seems that all of my busyness in life is for my own personal interests, as I know what I like to do - and want to do it. Paul writes here that we should have more compassion and do more things for others. While being submissive seems undesirable at first, it's a great way to learn new things and avoid future conflicts. God, help me to grow in this area. (DRM 4/21/05)

[re: 2:3, 4]   
    I live alone. There are certain things that have to be done every day or they won't get done. There isn't someone else to help me do all the basics of having a place to live in.
    No matter what I have to do, the words in this verse remind me that I also have to do things for others. When someone needs assistance, God wants me to help them if I am able. God=Jesus knows who we will meet every day and sometimes it could be a test to see if we are willing to share His love (in one form or another) with others; believers and unbelievers. I/we need to help others more when these opportunities come. (DRM 3/13/15)

2:5, 6    Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, 6who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped; . . .

    Paul has another list of attitudes that Christians should have to all people; not just other Christians - in the previous verses. Here, he directs us to have this attitude(s), as Jesus did.
    Since we are currently earthbound, almost all of us have a problem understanding the Trinity - God in three Persons. Jesus is God. Jesus existed in the human form, but was also God while on earth. How He did this is something He didn't expect us to "grasp." We (I) have to have faith in Him and know that it will all be clearer when we are with Him in Heaven. (DRM 6/25/13)

    "This attitude" refers to the previous four verses in this chapter. Jesus, our perfect Savior, displayed compassion (v. 1) and humbleness (v. 3) toward us, and we should display the same attitudes toward others.
    We need consolation of love, fellowship of the Sprit, affection and compassion (v. 1), being of the same mind as other believers, the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose (v. 2) and others in vv. 3-4.
    Truly Jesus is our example. No one else is perfect. God knows we/I will fail on some days, but the Christian goal should be to be more like Jesus every day. (DRM 3/10/17)

2:7    . . . but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.

    Jesus came to earth 2,000 years ago, not to be served, but to serve the people. Most did not believe that He was a form of God, as He walked and talked to people and didn't sit on a throne and demand obedience, as an earthly king would.
    When Jesus comes back to rule, He will do more "kingly" things, and we will be glad to obey Him. (DRM 1/3/13)

    I'm writing this at Christmastime and this verse makes me think of Jesus and His birth. There is no doubt that the body He had in Heaven was different than the one He had on earth; this verse reflects on the change He had to submit to - to become a baby and grow up on earth.
    Often we think of the pain and suffering He endured at the end of His earthly life, but this reminds me that He also had to "endure" being a baby, as He was also the Creator.
    God=Jesus is awesome. He went through all of the things so we could be with Him. What a Savior! (DRM 12/22/14)

2:8    And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 

    This answers the following question: {What attitude do I have about myself?} Jesus should always be the example of how to live. As He was obedient to the will of the Father, I should also be obedient to His will. I pray that I may continue to grow in obedience. (DRM 9/13/01)

2:9    For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name,

    This refers back to verse eight - which reminds me that Jesus lowered Himself to become a human man and died for my sins.
    Because Jesus was willing to do this - He made the decision before He was born - God the Father honored/exalted Him above all others.
    It is a privilege to know Jesus and to trust in Him for all of my needs. It is assuring to be confident that I (we) can spend eternity with Him - our true Savior. (DRM 8/18/12)

    [Re: 2:8, 9]    Jesus willingly became a man when He was 'born' on earth. He was a carpenter - serving others even then - before He went into His ministry. After the wedding miracle (water into wine), He continued to serve others by healing them, washing feet and sharing His knowledge about God, Heaven and how to get there; then He died for our sins - which no one else could do.
    Because of all this, God gave Him the name above all other names - Jesus.
    He set an example for each of us to be servants like He was - even in our small activities we can use Him as our model. (DRM 6/9/16)

2:10    that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those who are in heaven, and on earth, and under the earth,

    This answers the following question: {How can I keep Jesus number one in my life?} Just think - Jesus and His Father are in control of EVERYTHING, not just Heaven, but all events on earth AND in hell also! He knows all and deserves my worship as King of Kings. . . (DRM 9/14/01)

2:11    . . . and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

    This is the second half of a sentence that has to be prophetic. Certainly EVERY tongue on earth is not confessing that Jesus Christ is Lord today. In the future, both Christians and non-Christians will have to meet Jesus as their Judge {Rev. 20:11}. Then they will know that Jesus Christ is truly the Lord! (DRM 7/4/08)

[re: 2:10, 11]    This is part of a longer sentence (vv. 9-11) to remind us of the Kingship of the Lord Jesus.
    It's somewhat easy to revere Jesus as our Savior while we are on earth so long as we have put our complete trust in Him. We can also look forward to seeing Him face to face when we get to Heaven, but there's something else here. . . the people in Hell (under the earth) will also know His name for eternity - and regret they didn't trust in Him while on earth.
    There is no greater name on earth or Heaven than Jesus. (DRM 1/19/16)

2:12    So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling;

    I am not a theologian, so could explain this wrong. When we are confronted with the true gospel message, we have to understand that our eternal fate is based on this decision - that would be a cause of fear and trembling. We have free will to make this decision, but God knew what it would be before we were born. (DRM 4/22/11)

    Paul is, in effect, saying, "In light of the humility of Jesus, which caused Him to pay the price for our sin, we are to 'work out' our own salvation!" What does that mean? We are to live our salvation out - to live like we are saved! But we are not to do it in our own power; God is the One Who works in us (v. 13), and He is the One Who gives us the power to do His will. We just need to live it out. (Word of Life diary)

2:13    for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure. 

    This answers the following question: {What evidence is there that God is working in my life?} The evidence is easy, Testimony Newsletter, Jesusistheanswer, but the results aren't. Sometimes I feel that my efforts are my efforts and not His. I have to depend on Him to work through me and He will produce the results in His timing. (DRM 9/15/01)

2:14, 15    Do all things without grumbling or disputing; 15so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world, . . .

    We live in a crooked and perverse world, just like Paul did. It seems that it just keeps getting more so, but I don't know what it was like nearly 2,000 years ago when this was written.
    As Christians, we are to be lights of righteousness and "above the fray." With the Holy Spirit within us, this should be easy, but we could still grumble about it if we aren't totally committed to Jesus - and showing His life (through us) to others. (DRM 11/28/11)

    As Christians, we are different from all the others in the world today. We are the children of God because of our relationship with Christ, our Savior.
    In these verses, Paul tells us not to grumble or dispute with others. I know this is hard to do at times. When given the "opportunity" to do it, we are to keep quiet - or offer a positive way of doing the same thing - this way we show others that we are following Jesus' way - which is always the best way.
    Think, "What would Jesus Do?" and try to do that. (DRM 8/27/17)

2:16    holding fast the word of life so that in the day of Christ I will have reason to glory because I did not run in vain nor toil in vain. 

    This answers the following question: {How, as a child of God, can I become blameless and without rebuke?} Verse 14 shows that we should "do all things without grumbling or disputing," which can be very hard sometimes. As we try to grow in Christ we [I] must not dispute with others. Keep the Bible as the source of my hope. (DRM 9/16/01)

    The Word of Life refers to the Bible. We are to continue to study the Bible - the words contained in it. I came to know Jesus Christ as my personal Savior at one of Word of Life's locations in Schroon Lake, NY, and know that I didn't make the wrong decision. (DRM 4/22/05)

    Paul was writing to the church in Philippi and wanted the believers there to be "above reproach" and "lights in the world" (v. 15) to outsiders.
    In this verse the term "word of life" refers to the Bible, which has to be shared with this generation. Paul was looking forward to the day of Christ, when his (and our) earthly days are over. He didn't want the work done to be in vain.
    We don't know how many days we have left before we see Jesus, so should be productive in sharing His word to as many as possible in whatever way He (Holy Spirit) leads us. (DRM 11/25/16)

2:17    But even if I am being poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I rejoice and share my joy with you all.

    I hope I understand Paul's statement correctly. He seems to regret that he has to tell the Philippians of his trials or faith walk, but also thinks that it will help to improve their faith, so is sharing his thoughts and testimony on what is happening in his life. (DRM 7/5/08)

    Paul was giving his whole life to serve the Lord Jesus and discipling new converts like Timothy. He called this "being poured out as a drink offering." He was sacrificing his time so they could increase in their faith. He was glad to do this and shared his joy in this verse.
    After studying/reading the Bible for decades, it's a Holy Spirit desire within me/us that we share this knowledge with others that are "younger." They can be of various physical ages, just so long as they have a desire to know what the Bible contains.
    I'm not doing well on this and hope you can disciple someone. (DRM 11/11/14)

    Dear Lord, thank you for redeeming me and giving me new life. Give me compassion for those who are still lost in spiritual darkness. Use me to be a light that points others to You, the Light of the world. (from Our Daily Bread, 11/11/14)

2:18    You too, I urge you, rejoice in the same way and share your joy with me.

    Feedback wanted.
    In verse 17, Paul said that he was giving of himself as a drink offering to help the Philippians grow in their faith.
    In this verse he "suggested" that they also give of themselves in a similar way and also share their joy of being Christians with him.
    While we can't be with Paul to express our gratitude (yet), we should help others to grow in the faith in whatever way they need it. Situations change and God would want us to be with others to encourage them and have them grow in faith. (DRM 11/20/13)

2:19-21    But I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you shortly, so that I also may be encouraged when I learn of your condition. 20For I have no one else of kindred spirit who will genuinely be concerned for your welfare. 21For they all seek after their own interests, not those of Christ Jesus.   

    [Re: 2:19, 20]    I understand how Paul felt here. Now that I'm moving from Albany, I found few people who were of "kindred spirit" in this area. Timothy and Paul were close co-workers for the Lord. Perhaps someday I will find a co-worker, male or female, who also loves the Lord and wants to tell people of His love for them. (DRM 4/24/05)

    [Re: 2:21]    I totally agree with this verse. Perhaps that's why I haven't found a church home at this time. I am also guilty to the question above => {How am I discipling another to share the gospel with others?} All of the [few] Christians I know aren't interested. (DRM 9/17/01)

    [Re:2:19-21]    Paul gave the church in Philippi instructions on how to live life, but also wanted to hear from them. At that time there were no telephones or fast communications like we have today - only letters and personal visits.
    In these verses, Paul wrote he planned to send Timothy to them to get a report on how they were living out their faith. Like today, there were few people who wanted to do the Lord's work, thinking more of themselves than others.
    As Christians, we are to be different - more concerned about helping others when given the opportunity. (This also takes discernment - so not to be taken advantage of.) (DRM 11/6/16)

2:22    But you know of his [Timothy's] proven worth, that he served with me in the furtherance of the gospel like a child serving his father.

    Paul and Timothy worked closely together. As time progressed, Timothy was like a son to Paul.
    In this verse to the Philippian church, Paul told them to trust Timothy - and they should have trusted Paul as they knew him well.
    How I would have liked a mentor like Timothy had - I hope you will find one. (DRM 4/23/11)

    Timothy was like a son to Paul. There was no doubt what Paul thought of Timothy's work and service.
    In this verse I thought of Paul giving the Philippians a good reference for Timothy. Apparently they had met him before, and were reminded of that (you know of his . . . ).
    In today's world we should use Paul's example - of giving a good reference, as needed, for other good workers in the cause for Christ, or even in the secular world.
    Hopefully it will be easy to give good references for other known Christians. (DRM 9/28/15)

2:23, 24    Therefore I hope to send him [Timothy] immediately, as soon as I see how things go with me; 24and I trust in the Lord that I myself also will be coming shortly.

    Paul was writing to the Philippian church and wanted to know of their spiritual condition (v. 19). Since Paul couldn't come right away, he wanted them to know that he was sending Timothy and Epaphroditus with the message (v. 25).
    Without the instant messaging/telephones of today, there was no way to know what was happening in even the next town in Paul's time. Just 150 years ago the fastest way of knowing was via letter(s).
    As a new church - trusting in the Lord Jesus at the beginning of Christianity - Paul wanted to be sure that they hadn't lost their faith. (DRM 11/12/12)

2:25    But I thought it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother and fellow worker and fellow soldier, who is also your messenger and minister to my need;

    Paul decided to send Timothy AND Epaphroditus to the church in Philippi. He (Paul) felt a need to send both of these men to the church. Apparently Epaphroditus wanted to go (v. 26), so Paul sent him also.
    God knows our desires and wants to please His children. He also wants us to encourage and teach others in the faith from our experiences. (DRM 4/24/11)

2:26    because he was longing for you all and was distressed because you had heard that he was sick. 

    This answers the following question: {What attribute in my life compares to Epaphroditus?} Like Epaphroditus, I long to talk to other Christians. With very few exceptions, I haven't met and had a true friendship with another Christian in 15 years. Encouragement would help me. (DRM 9/18/01)

2:27    For indeed he [Epaphroditus] was sick to the point of death, but God had mercy on him, and not on him only but also on me, so that I would not have sorrow upon sorrow.

    I don't know where disease or medical conditions come from, but have no doubt that God is aware of them and can and does cure them, as He did for Epaphroditus here.
    I'm sure He can do the same for me (us) if He wants to. (DRM 7/6/08)

2:28    Therefore I have sent him all the more eagerly in order that when you see him again you may rejoice and I may be less concerned about you. 

    This answers the following question: {What qualities in Epaphroditus do I admire most? Why?} "He made it!" Apparently Epaphroditus came close to death [verse 30] and was an inspiration to the people for his faith. While I don't know what his sickness was, I admire that he never lost faith. (DRM 9/19/01)

2:29, 30    Therefore receive him in the Lord with all joy, and hold men like him in high regard; 30because he came close to death for the work of Christ, risking his life to complete what was deficient in your service to me. 

    Paul sent Epaphroditus to the Philippians rather than Timothy as they needed someone immediately. These verses are an example of what some people went through to teach people the truths in the Bible. Times haven't changed and I should also expect some type of risk as I try to share Christ with others. (DRM 4/24/05)

3:1    FINALLY, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things again is no trouble to me, and it is a safeguard for you. 

    This answers the following question: {In what ways am I rejoicing in the Lord?} In this verse, I can substitute the word "trust" for rejoice. When I trust in the Lord, I depend on Him for every part of my life and don't need to fear. THAT should cause me to rejoice! (DRM 9/20/01)

    Paul wanted to remind the people in the church in Philippi to trust in the Lord and rejoice in their salvation. By doing this over and over they are convinced it is real and motivates them to keep on course through life - following Jesus and not the world.
    I/we also need constant encouragement to keep on course. We do this with daily Bible study and regular weekly learning at church where other people in the 'Body of Christ' attend.
    Keep fellowship with other Christians. This motivates us to keep strong in our faith. (DRM 10/1/16)

3:2    Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of the false circumcisions;

    Here Paul is telling us to avoid people who don't believe in the Christian gospel. People can attack like dogs (Gal. 5:15) and have evil motives. We (I) need discernment to know who these people are - to avoid them, but also to share the gospel with people who want to truly listen. (DRM 4/25/11)

3:3    for we are the true circumcision, who worship in the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh,

    I think circumcision is the outward expression of the fulfilling of the Law. It can give a person false confidence in their eternal destiny. In a similar way, I know that I can't depend on my fleshly body - health - without His provision. My body and my soul are completely yielded to His desires and I just have to listen to the Holy Spirit for direction. (DRM 4/25/05)

    In verse 3, we have a great description of a Christian. There are three marks: first, a Christian is someone who worships God in the spirit, or the inner man. Second, he rejoices in Christ, and third, he has no confidence in the flesh. These three marks should be seen in the life of each person who has put his or her faith in Jesus Christ, as opposed to the outward circumcision that was being called for by these converted Jews.  (Word of Life diary)

    [Re: 3:2, 3]    As Christians, we have enemies from various sources. The "evil workers" make me think of another cult that tries to get converts away from Christianity.
    In this case the circumcision is referring not to literal circumcision, but rather to spiritual circumcision or purity.
    Even will all the enemies surrounding us, we are to stay with our faith in the Lord Jesus and not depend on ourselves, but only in His provision.
    It's easy to get distracted both physically and spiritually. This is just another reminder to "stick to it" and follow only Jesus and the teachings of the Bible. (DRM 9/7/14)

3:4    . . . although I myself might have confidence even in the flesh. If anyone else has a mind to put confidence in the flesh, I far more;

    I see them all around. They are the people who run and exercise and try to keep their body fit, hoping to live a long life. As they get stronger, they have confidence in the flesh - that they will be stronger than any disease that might attack them.
    God has the ultimate determination on our lives. He knows the day we will "die" and leave earth for Heaven or Hell. While exercise is good, it's best to trust our soul to the Lord and not our (exercise) works.

    We are nothing without Jesus, so give Him the credit. (from Our Daily Bread, 4/17/12)

3:5    . . . circumcised the eighth day, of the nation of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the Law, a Pharisee;

    This was Paul's identity to the world, proving to whoever wanted to know that he was truly a Jew in every aspect of the word. It's a little like his resume' (or curriculum vitae). This would get him admission to Jewish synagogues so that he could tell other Jews, then even Gentiles, or his new found faith in the Lord Jesus. (DRM 12/5/13)

3:6    . . . as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to the righteousness which is in the Law, found blameless.

    Here Paul is describing his life before he became a Christian. He was a Hebrew in the tribe of Benjamin (v. 5) and persecuted the new Christian church before his conversion. He thought he was going to be blameless before God.
    A lot of people feel the same today, they think if they are good, or from a good family, that they will enter Heaven, but without a change of heart and repentance from sin, there is no hope of eternity in Heaven. (DRM 7/7/08)

3:7    But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ.

    This answers the following question: {Of what value is bragging about the past?} Paul mentions his past in verses 4-6, but seems to state here that they are unimportant in comparison to knowing Christ. Personally, I have been diverted in the past, but want to change that and serve Him full-time. (DRM 9/21/01)

    Lets say that you worked for many years to earn money to buy a home or just accumulate money for a comfortable lifestyle - then a person introduced you to Jesus and you turned over your life to Him. All that you did before was worthless compared to eternal life in Heaven with Christ.
    While we will need money in old age, large excesses of money would be better used to share God's Kingdom with others and to have them know of Jesus as the ONLY way to Heaven.
    Are you investing in the Kingdom? (DRM 6/5/15)

3:8    More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I man gain Christ.

    What is the most important thing in life? If it is possessions, then what will happen at the end of life? Like Paul states here, the most important thing is to have Jesus Christ and knowing Him as Lord. My (our) mind must dwell on this more. (DRM 7/8/08)

    Whatever Paul gained in this world (v. 1) he counted as loss for Christ. Most likely this was materialism.
    Knowing Jesus as Savior is far better than all the possessions I/we can accumulate in this world. When a person dies to earth all this "stuff" doesn't go with them - it's a waste to hoard things you can't take with you.
    The best thing to do is to store up treasures in Heaven, not earth. We do that by supporting things that bring Jesus more glory and more residents in His Kingdom. Worldly goals are nothing compared to heavenly goals - and His Kingdom.  (DRM 5/1/16)

    According to Our Daily Bread, this is about spiritual change from Paul's old education in Judaism to new love for Christ.

    After the apostle Paul turned his life over to the Savior, he realized his own achievements and abilities amounted to little more than trash. (from Our Daily Bread 5/1/16)

3:9    and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith, . . .

    This answers the following question: {What values do I place upon my relationship with Christ?} Knowing and trusting in Jesus is the most important part of my faith. Without Jesus I would be a person full of fear during these times of terror. My confidence in Him has to be eternal. (DRM 9/22/01)

    This is a part of a long sentence from Paul concerning righteousness - at least in this verse.
    We can not get righteousness form studying the Law/Bible and just trying to be good Christian people. To have righteousness, we need to have faith in God and Jesus. Complete, absolute faith. Commitment to His cause. Then God gives us righteousness based on our faith.
    Christianity involves continuous learning and spiritual growth. It's a life-long process and righteousness is another step on the long path of faith in Jesus. (DRM 10/7/16)

    The man who had been driven by self-righteousness now preached grace-righteousness. (from Our Daily Bread, INSIGHT DENNIS FISHER)

3:10, 11    . . . that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death; 11in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.

    We all have hopes and desires in this life. Paul had faith (v. 9) that the work he was doing was pleasing to the Lord Jesus. He also went through sufferings similar to those of Jesus.
    Like Paul, I (we) hope that through all of our trials that we will join Jesus and Paul in resurrected life. (DRM 4/26/11)

    This is the second part of a long sentence (vv. 8-11). To write about every detail in these two verses would take a full page!
    Paul was dedicated totally to Jesus and what He did by dying on the cross and then being resurrected from the dead. He (Paul) referred to the "fellowship of His sufferings," as they both suffered while on earth. What an attitude! Paul wanted the sufferings which are hard for me to bear.
    In the final verse, Paul pointed out that he was also looking forward to his personal resurrection after his sufferings. (DRM 11/21/15)

3:12    Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.

    None of us are perfect Christians. Paul admitted it here. Following a Christian walk is a continual process that takes an entire lifetime of learning and growing dependence on the Savior (sanctification).
    On our day of salvation, Jesus "laid hold" of us. Because of what happened that day, we know that we are part of His family and desire to learn more and more about Him - as we will be there with Him for eternity. (DRM 11/28/12)

    What had Paul not obtained? He wanted to fulfill the goals/plans that Jesus had set before him.
    Jesus has a will for each of us to do a special task while on earth. Paul's desire was to fulfill Jesus' = God's will before going to Heaven.
    Instead of thinking, "this is what Paul was thinking as he wrote this verse, think of the "I" as being me/yourself, then read the verse over again.
    I have not obtained it yet, but I want to fulfill God's will. (DRM 6/1/14)

3:13    Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it (perfection) yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, . . .

    This seems like a great verse for me today - as I travel from one home to a new one. I have had many failures in sharing Christ in the past, but can now look forward to new people and opportunities. Looking forward is generally knows as optimistic - rather than regretful. May I not fail on this mission . . . (DRM 4/26/05) 

    Paul wanted to "lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus" (v. 12). This was to do Jesus=God's will. [Becoming more like Jesus]
    Paul didn't think he was fulfilling God's will for his life, so that shows that it can be difficult to find and complete to our satisfaction.
    Still, as Paul states, we have to keep "reaching forward to what lies ahead."
    When we, as believers, feel we are doing God's will for our lives, keep working at it, don't dwell on past failures, keep pressing for the goal (v. 14). (DRM 2/25/17)

3:14    I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

    This answers the following question: {How do I look upon my past and future?} I think of my past as something that I could have done differently and thus a lesson. My future is open and of unknown length. My future should consist of telling people about Christ. (DRM 9/23/01)

    Reality is that I'm not perfect, only Jesus was perfect while on earth. I still sin no matter how much I try not to. That's why I have to "press toward the goal." The prize seems to be living with Jesus in Heaven, and not the crowns that we could receive for our works while on earth (James 1:12).
    As Christians we are to show the Holy Spirit that lives within each of us. That can be hard some days - especially when others try to get us angry or frustrated. Our love still has to shine through all situations the Lord puts us through. (DRM 1/23/15)

3:15, 16    Let us therefore, as many as are perfect, have this attitude; and if in anything you have a different attitude, God will reveal that also to you; 16however, let us keep living by that same standard to which we have attained.

    In the previous verse, Paul said he would "press on toward the goal. . . "
    Christian perfection is an unattainable goal - we sin. The only Person that was perfect was Jesus. When Paul stated "as many as are perfect," he knew that no one should have the attitude of perfection. The attitude is to strive for the goal to do the best possible for our King.
    When we fail in our goal, the Holy Spirit will tell us. We don't want to go backwards in our progress, so need to keep pressing on - learning more and acting more like Christ daily. (DRM 7/10/17)

    [Re 3:15]    This refers back to the previous verses (v. 9-11) where Paul desires to grow in his faith in the Lord Jesus.
    Perfection can't be achieved (v. 12) in faith, but striving toward the goal is the aim. The "attitude" in this verse refers to the striving towards complete faith in Jesus. (DRM 11/7/11)

    [Re 3:16]    In verse 14, Paul was pressing on "toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus."
    We are not to stop pressing on toward this goal. Sanctification is the long, slow, lifelong process of becoming more Christlike in our words and actions. We are to keep living by this standard until Jesus calls us home.
    When sin calls (temptation), don't answer. (DRM 6/4/13)

3:17    Brethren, join in following my example, and observe those who walk according to the pattern you have in us.

    This answers the following question: {What areas of my life can be an example for others to follow?} I would appreciate it if others didn't use the Lord's name in vain. One particular co-worker seems to like to spice up his language. I also try to stay healthy, but that's in God's control. (DRM 9/24/01)

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

    The way Paul writes this sentence (v. 18-19), it seems that the "enemies of the cross of Christ" are rare individuals. That's certainly NOT the case today. Even in my lifetime, going to church (any church) has changed from common to limited. Being a Christian in the USA has dramatically dropped in the past 50 years.
    If you are a born-again Christian and the non-Christian enemies of Christ know it - expect ridicule for your faith - any attempt to disprove it. (DRM 7/20/13)

3:19    whose end is destruction, whose god is their appetite, and whose glory is in their shame, who set their minds on earthly things. 

    What is the purpose of life? Non-Christians [this verse] have nothing to look forward to. They get satisfaction from eating and their motive is to make more money to buy more "toys" and bigger houses. They are living for today, and tomorrow they may die. God wants us to live for Him, to be servants and to share His love with the lost. He gives us each a special task and my job is to do it. (DRM 4/27/05)

3:20    For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ;

    If I wasn't a Christian, I wouldn't be eager to see Jesus and the setting up of His Kingdom. Just the anticipation of seeing Him and doing things for Him is evidence that His Holy Spirit lives in me - which is assurance of salvation. (DRM 7/9/08)

3:21    . . . who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself.

    I doubt many people on earth are satisfied with their current bodies - especially as we (I) grow older. This verse gives us hope for a new, glorified body in the future.
    While meeting Jesus and loved ones is the first thing I want to do, I'm also looking forward to this new body. (DRM 4/27/11)

[re: 3:20, 21]    PTL=Praise the Lord that He opened my/our eyes that we can be citizens of Heaven! I can't imagine how people keep living without this hope and assurance.
    Waiting is hard, especially when it goes on year after year. When we get to Heaven, this wait will seem so short.
    The mystery of how Jesus will transform our bodies during the rapture sometimes enters my mind, like in verse 21, but that's another heavenly mystery that we shouldn't be concerned about. If God=Jesus tells us that He will do it, we know that He will. Ours is not to question "how?" (DRM 1/20/16)

4:1    Therefore, my beloved children whom I long to see, my joy and crown, so stand firm in the Lord, my beloved. 

    This answers the following question: {How am I helping those who are ministering for the Lord?} Support seems to be my one word answer to this question. Prayer support, financial support, encouragement and personal kindness all come to mind. I'm not doing very well. (DRM 9/25/01)

4:2    I urge Euodia and I urge Syntche to live in harmony in the Lord. 

    Christians and non-Christians have personality conflicts at times. These two women [verse 3] apparently had a conflict and Paul was praying for their resolution. I know that I've also had differences of opinion with other Christians, but it generally only lasts 15 minutes - because I know that the Lord Jesus will make all things clear when He returns. We should all be working together for His glory. (DRM 4/28/05)

    Every individual on earth God made differently. We all have had different experiences during our lifetimes and different perspectives on the events in our lives and the world in general. As Christians, we also have different perspectives on our faith and why we feel as we do. 
    Paul asked these two women to "live in harmony in the Lord" because they obviously had different views on something in their Christian faith.
    Unless the friction concerns salvation, we have to understand others' have different points of view. Don't worry about the small stuff. (DRM 7/13/15)

4:3    Indeed, true companion, I ask you also to help these women who have shared my struggle in the cause of the gospel, together with Clement also and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life.

    This letter of Paul is written to the Philippian church. In this verse Paul writes to "true companion," which sounds like an individual, but also could be people individually reading this letter.
    The women Paul refers to apparently are mentioned in the previous verse (v. 2). He is asking the church to help these women, as they apparently are missionaries along with him. The church could help them financially or by boarding them while they are in the city. (DRM 5/3/12)

4:4, 5    Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! 5Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near.

    God is always with us, thus there is no reason to fear (v. 6). This should be a good reason to rejoice and to be gentle and compassionate to others in need.
    Sometimes I wish this would stay in my brain permanently! (DRM 7/10/08)

    [Re: 4:4]    We live in trying times; there are many things that don't seem to be going the way that seems godly. That's frustrating.
    This verse reminds me/us that there are also a lot of things to rejoice about the first thing is our Christian salvation. As Christians, we know that whatever happens in the world - wars and rumors of wars (Matt. 24:6), Jesus will still be with us. No matter what happens, we will be with Him forever when this earthly life is over.
    There are many things to rejoice about - try to dwell more on those things. (DRM 2/9/17)

    Lord, show me how You want to spark joy in the tasks I face today.
    A focus on the Lord is the beginning of joy. (from Our Daily Bread, 2/7/17)

    [Re: 4:5]    As Christians, we are being watched by the non-Christians in the world, especially if they know we are Christians. They want to see how we are different from all their other friends. Do we swear or curse God like some others do? There are lots of other examples.
    This verse points out that we are to have a gentle spirit - no arguments - with others. Remember the Lord is near - He hears our every word. Some parts of Christianity are hard at first, but they get easier with time; and the goal is to please the Lord Jesus with our thoughts, actions and words. (DRM 9/19/16)

4:6    Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 

    This answers the following question: {What would make my prayers and attitudes more godly?} Submissiveness would help! I have to remember that God is in control. Little that I can do can change many situations. Let God "run the show." I am to do His will. (DRM 9/26/01)

4:7    And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

    This goes with verse six - and is the result of NOT being anxious and praying to the Lord.
    Anxiety has bothered me for years. Of course these two verses are true. When I (you) pray to the Lord Jesus about what fear you have, there is a peace that comes - as you (I) leave the matter in His hands. (DRM 4/28/11)

[re: 4:6, 7]    Some things are easier said than done. In these two verses, Paul reminds me/us that we are not to be anxious or worry about things that come up in life. When confronted with a new event or concern, we are to give it to the Lord Jesus (in prayer), and not dwell on it. He knows how to solve whatever the problem is.
    When the event/concern has passed, then we are to thank the Lord for bringing us through it. I know that's easier for me, as Jesus just showed me His presence in my life - and He always deserves the thanks. (DRM 5/22/16)   

4:8    Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.

    Think good thoughts, not evil thoughts. God=Jesus wants us to love one another, not to attack or criticize others. We are to see the good in others and encourage/praise them if given the opportunity.
    I know I need to follow this much more than I currently do. (DRM 4/29/11)

    Put verse 8 on your television and computer. Whenever you see something that does not match that list, turn it off! Also, ask God to help you be content with whatever you have. Don't live to get more things. Live to know God better. (Word of Life diary)

    The virtuous life is to be the believer's focus (v. 8). What is "true" refers to basing one's life on reality according to God's Word. "Noble" means honest or worthy of respect. "Just" corresponds to a moral sense of what is fair. What is "pure" indicates a character that has not been mixed with debasing qualities. "Lovely" means expressing love toward others in relationships. Finally, "good report" carries with it the idea of a positive reputation, which indicates reliable Christian character. (INSIGHT, Our Daily Bread, 7/20/13)

    I can easily think of at least two people who really are like this - they only say good things and everyone is happy. They are people that are much younger than me and are great examples of Christ likeness.
    Why do I fail? Why do I criticize people for doing things differently than I would do the same? Perhaps it's because I'm trying to show them another way of doing the same thing - but it's really only my opinion.
    As Paul said here, do these things and let the Lord do the leading. It's a challenge that I need to work on. (DRM 7/8/14)

4:9    Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

    After all that I have read and heard during the past 50 weeks, I still have doubts sometimes if I am indeed doing God's will for my life. I should not be just reading, but practicing what I read and keeping the Lord in my mind and heart at all times - no matter what the current difficulties are. (DRM 1/11/87)

    I need a Christian example. In this verse Paul writes that he could be an example of how to live our faith. While earthly examples are great, like Paul and Moses and D. L. Moody and Billy Graham; I think the ultimate example and Leader should be Jesus Christ. (DRM 4/29/05)

    Paul was bold! In the previous verse he gave a list of good characteristics that a follower of Christ should do. In this verse he uses himself as an example.
    We all need examples of people who are more advanced in their faith than we are. Is their faith "glowing" so others can see their trust in the Savior? Hopefully at church we can find an example of someone advanced in their faith. They don't have to be advanced in earth age - but totally dependent on the Lord and His provisions. The best example still is Jesus. (DRM 2/21/16)

4:10    But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at last you have revived your concern for me; indeed, you were concerned before, but you lacked opportunity.

    How would Paul know their previous unprayerful state? The only One who knows this is the Lord (Holy Spirit). Perhaps it was Paul's perception?
    The important part was that the church in Philippi was praying for Paul at the time of this letter and he (Paul) was thankful for their concern.
    We all should pray for others - especially when we know of a special health or other concern that God can act on. (DRM 12/12/11)

4:11    Not that I speak from want; for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.

    This answers the following question: {What is necessary for me to show contentment in my circumstances?} Verse 13 shows Paul's dependence on God. When I depend on God for my needs, I should be content if He gives me a little or a lot, because He truly knows what I need. (DRM 9/27/01)

4:12    I know how to get along with humble means and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need.

    It seems to me that the "average" person starts the working part of life with little money and accumulates more and more as time goes on.
    A person in ministry, like Paul writes here, has to depend on the Lord and His provision through others. There are times when Paul had very little and better times also. The point is that the Lord provides for our needs - somehow - so long as we follow Him and share His salvation with others as the opportunities arise. (DRM 2/15/12)

    God puts us in different circumstances during life. Like Paul, I have had "seasons" of comfort and need, but never prosperity.
    I'm convinced that God wanted me to go through "seasons" so I would understand better what poverty was like and be able to understand the needs of people who had little and need assistance. It gave me compassion for them and wanting to help people in similar situations when my lifestyle improved again.
    When these things happen, God put them there for a lesson - dependence on Him and not self - and other times to thank Him for His provision with greater meaning. (DRM 1/5/15)

4:13    I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.

    We are back to dependence on the Lord Jesus for EVERYTHING. He is our Provider - and wants us to love and serve Him.
    As I start each morning, I try to remember to thank Him for another day, and the strength to do something productive to advance His Kingdom. (DRM 7/11/08)

    The context is that Paul was writing about the church in Philippi donating to his financial needs (v. 12). At times he was going hungry and other times he had abundance.
    This verse refers to his faith that God would supply his needs . . .  as He is the ultimate Provider.
    There are many applications that I have heard for this verse, because it can be used out of context. The important part is that we need faith that God=Jesus will provide, so long as we depend on Him. (DRM 7/11/16)

4:14    Nevertheless, you have done well to share with me in my affliction.

    Apparently Paul referred to more than one affliction in his writings. In another passage he refers to his eyesight, but the context of this verse seems to refer to hunger (v. 12) and financial need.
    No matter what the circumstance, when others help, Paul was thankful - and we should be also. (DRM 10/2/12)

4:15    You yourselves also know, Philippians, that at the first preaching of the gospel, after I left Macedonia, no church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving but you alone;

    It's tough to get started in any new venture. From this verse we (I) learn that Paul first preached the gospel at Philippi after leaving Macedonia. He was a stranger in town and was apparently welcomed by the church where he preached the gospel. The people in the church responded to the message and gave financially to his ministry, and this paragraph is a form of a "thank you."
    People who serve the Lord in various ways deserve financial assistance to help pay for their expenses. Certainly I would like to give more to various ministries if I were able - doing better in my small business. (DRM 10/1/12)

    In today's church terminology, Paul was a missionary and church planter. While he was also a tent-maker, he also needed money to eat and live.
    From this verse, it seems that the Philippian church was the first to aid Paul in his needs, and he was thankful in writing about their gift.
    Later verses remind us that by giving to Paul or other ministries today, we are truly giving to the Lord - as this helps to proclaim the gospel to other places that we can't go; where there is a willing worker. (DRM 4/8/15)

    Paul's contentment came from the sufficiency of knowing Christ, not from the gifts he received from the Philippian believers (vv. 14-17). However, these sacrificial gifts were a "sweet-smelling aroma" to God (v. 18, See Lev. 7:12-15). (From Our Daily Bread, INSIGHT, 4/8/15)

4:16    for even in Thessalonica you sent a gift more than once for my needs.

    This answers the following question: {In what ways can I further the cause of missions?} In some cases, prayer is not enough. Missionaries who are dedicated to God need provisions. While money is the most useful, sometimes other needs [like letters] need to be fulfilled. (DRM 9/28/01)

4:17    Not that I seek the gift itself, but I seek for the profit which increases to your account.

    Paul needed financial help and probably prayer support. He knew that God blesses people who give to His purposes, thus wrote this verse.
    This is a good reminder that helping others really helps them and us also. (DRM 4/30/11)

4:18    But I have received everything in full, and have an abundance; I am amply supplied, having received from Epaphroditus what you have sent, a fragrant aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well-pleasing to God. 

    God will supply all of my needs. Since He can do anything, His provision may be different than my expectations. Like Paul, I should accept the help of other believers - which I especially appreciate at this time in my life. (DRM 4/30/05)

4:19    And my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

    This answers the following question: {In what ways has God supplied my needs?} God has provided me with an income and a home and food all of my life. Of course my main example was in Sept. 1990 when I quit my job and He worked out all the details then. Praise the Lord! (DRM 9/29/01)

    The church in Philippi had sent Paul gifts that he received (v. 18) and he was thankful they were thinking of his welfare in prison.
    In return for this thankfulness, Paul wrote this verse - with the hope and assurance that God would bless those who gave to his ministry.
    God knows all that we do tor Him and the spreading of the gospel. He will also take care of us when we pray and honor Him.
    Continue to worship the Lord Jesus. He knows all. Help to proclaim His Kingdom as you are able. (DRM 7/25/17)

4:20    Now to our God and Father be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

    This could be the source verse for the popular song "To God be the Glory." Our (my) mission on earth should not be to bring me glory, but only our Creator, Redeemer and Provider all the glory for the wonderful things He has done. (DRM 7/12/08)

4:21, 22    Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren who are with me greet you. 22All the saints greet you, especially those of Caesar's household.

    Paul is concluding his letter to the Philippian church. The saints are fellow believers. He wanted, and Jesus also wants, believers to agree with each other, not like today's squabbles on unimportant details.
    In the second verse (v. 22) here, we (I) are reminded that Paul was in prison when he wrote this letter. Apparently prisons were small at the time and he was a prisoner of Caesar. Some of the household had converted to Christianity - probably from Paul's witness to them.
    We should follow his example - but not necessarily from prison. (DRM 3/7/13)

4:23    The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.

    Philippians is the first book that I've now written a comment on every verse. As expected, I saved the most difficult for last.
    This is Paul's final statement to the church in Philippi. As believers, we receive unmerited grace from the Lord after we confess our sins. Paul wanted the Philippians, and also us, to remember that, as believers, Jesus will be with us throughout our life - through trials and triumphs. (DRM 5/30/14)