Prayer Time on Thursdays
January 17th, 2020

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Philippians 2:19-24: Brothers in Arms
January 12th, 2020

Brother

First, Paul calls Epaphroditus brother, which is a little unusual since Jews only called each other brother or sister

For Paul to call a gentile “brother” was a big deal—and he does it over and over in this letter to the Philippians, calling the church his brethren.

In Christ Jesus we are all children of God through faith (Galatians 5:26)

“There is neither Jew nor Greek, neither slave nor free man, neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Gal 3:28)

Fellow worker

Paul calls Epaphroditus a “fellow worker”.

This term is used in the New Testament for those who are laboring for God

It’s up to God to choose what the work will be because it’s His work that needs to be done, and it’s our part to make ourselves available when He calls us to it.

Fellow soldier

Paul calls Epaphroditus, ‘my fellow soldier’.

Continue to strive to be as closely conformed to Jesus as we can, cooperating with the Holy Spirit to be transformed into the image of Jesus, to look more and more like Jesus.

Despite all of the hardships and suffering, despite all of the adversaries and persecutions, to stay in the battle. We stay in the battle because of faith. Zecheriah 4:6b ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord of hosts.

It’s God’s battle and God’s victory, so we must fight the battle God’s way.

who is also your messenger and minister to my need

Epaphroditus is the messenger from the Philippian church.

Not only that, Epaphroditus was there to minister

Paul is immediately thanking God for His mercy.

The Philippians joy that he’s been trying to encourage them toward is probably being decreased by their worry for Epaphroditus

Paul is telling them to receive Epaphroditus, in the Lord, which means as a brother or sister in Christ with hearts full of joy

We honor those who have suffered for the work of God is because God honors them.





Philippians 2:19-24
January 5th, 2020

Philippians 2:19-24
19 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. 20 For I have no one else of kindred spirit who will genuinely be concerned for your welfare. 21 For they all seek after their own interests, not those of Christ Jesus. 22 But you know of his proven worth, that he served with me in the furtherance of the gospel like a child serving his father. 23 Therefore I hope to send him immediately, as soon as I see how things go with me; 24 and I trust in the Lord that I myself also will be coming shortly.

Introduction

Philippians is foremost, a letter expressing his love for this Body of Believers.

Paul prays that their love toward each other abounds more and more, and that their knowledge of God increases.

Paul lets them know that he expects to be delivered from his chains.

He urges them to stand firm in unity, in one spirit with one mind striving together for the faith (1:27) to

make his joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit and intent on one purpose (PHP 2:2)-to

Make up their mind to strive, to exert your will to be in unity.

Paul urges them that they should keep working out their own salvation by continually cooperating with the Holy Spirit in being saved from the power of sin.

Visitors

The church at Philippi is going to have three visitors. Timothy (vs. 19-23), Paul himself (vs. 24), and Epaphroditus (vs. 25-30)

Paul wrote to the Philippians about having the mind of Christ, about looking after the interests of others, about unity, and about walking in humble obedience because the Philippians were struggling in these areas.

Paul’s chief concern is the progress of the Gospel in Philippi

Timothy

Timothy has an important two-fold mission to complete at the church at Philippi.

  1. to check on the progress of the gospel in Philippi.
  2. To bring back a good report of the Philippians progress in furthering the gospel back to Paul

Letter of Recommendation

Verses 20-22 of Philippians chapter 2 are like a letter of recommendation for Timothy from Paul to the Philippians.

Paul reminds the Philippians that they know Timothy, and his worth, his character has been proven to them.

Timothy will get to be the one to bring the news of how Paul’s imprisonment concluded.

Paul

Paul trusts in the Lord that he himself will be coming shortly.

Paul wants to cooperate with God’s will.

The Philippians know that Paul has once again demonstrated his love for them through this sacrifice, his willingness to remain despite wanting to depart.