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.
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.
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 has an important two-fold mission to complete at the church at Philippi.
to check on the progress of the gospel in Philippi.
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 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.
Isaiah 9:6a For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;
God had planned for that first Christmas, no detail came as a surprise to Him.
God gave us these details to make sure that everyone would understand that this was His plan.
Prediction of the specifics of events happening years from now is impossible.
God doesn’t predict the future—He already knows the future
Prophecy is simply telling the truth exactly as God has revealed it.
when it is fulfilled exactly as God said, we understand that God is all-knowing.
God told the Old Testament prophets many specifics about the birth, life and death of Jesus.
To a specific family
For example, before Jesus was born, many rabbis were teaching that the messiah was just going to appear
They didn’t understand that Jesus was God from eternity past and therefore had no beginning, but was going to come to earth as a baby,
Jesus was being offered as a gift from God.
For example the Messiah had to be descended from Abraham
The Messiah had to be a descendant of King David
Jesus’, and only Jesus’ lineage was preserved and documented completely.
Jesus could not have been in the Royal Blood line,
God had cursed the royal line because Jechoniah was so wicked
Jesus was descended from David by blood through Mary, his mother
In a specific place
And of course, the Messiah had to be born in a specific place; in Bethlehem near Jerusalem:
Bethlehem means house of bread.
Bethlehem is where the Passover lambs were born.
Bethlehem was full of livestock, and was a smelly place. The manger was a feeding trough.
In a specific way
Isaiah 7:14: Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.
This prophecy eliminates everyone else who has ever lived.
Why God sent Jesus
Jesus illuminates God for us.
God loves us and gave His son to save us.
That God sent His son to redeem the world John 3:16-17.
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. John 3:16-17.
18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: when His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit. 19 And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man and not wanting to disgrace her, planned to send her away secretly. 20 But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”
Joseph was the man that God trusted with His Son!
18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: when His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit.
The focus in the Gospel of Mathew is on Jesus the the God’s promised Messiah
In first century Jewish marriage customs, there were three relationships that a couple had: The engagement, the espousal and the betrothal.
Mathew is careful to mention that Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit
It’s Jesus’ sinless nature, along with his humanity, that what qualified Jesus to bear the sins of the world.
Joseph’s life was turned upsidedown. He was heartbroken.
He could so easily have made another decision, to seek vengeance, to be bitter, to punish, but he chose mercy.
As Christians, we are to choose mercy.
But better than sacrifices is not to commit the sins in the first place!
Joseph had a plan to let mercy triumph over judgement, to show compassion, but God had a better plan.
God’s plan is a better plan
“Joseph, son of David,
It immediately begins Joseph thinking about the Messiah.
for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.
Christ was born without sin not because of Mary, but because he was conceived by the Holy Spirit.
and you shall call His name Jesus,
What the angel really said was “you shall call His name Yeshua.
It’s not Yeshua or Jesus, is both.
For He will save His people from their sins.”
And of course, it was Yeshua, Joshua who led the Jewish people to the Promised Land of Israel and the name Joshua means “The Lord is salvation”.