INTRODUCTION TO OUR SERIES:
Background to Philippians…
The Apostle Paul wrote the epistle (personal letter) (1:1) to the Philippian church, probably during his imprisonment in Rome. The letter was written from a heart of love and concern for the Philippians. Due to Paul’s imprisonment, he could not personally visit with the church so he sent this letter with Timothy to encourage them and bring back news of their condition to Paul. (2:19).
Some of the main divisions of the book include:
1. Introduction to the book: 1:1-2
2. Paul’s thankfulness for the Philippians: 1:3-11
3. News of Paul’s imprisonment and dedication: 1:12-26
4. Following Christ’s example is our duty: 1:27-2:18
5. Paul’s representatives and the need to treat them kindly: 2:19-30
6. Paul’s example of living a joyous life: 3:1-11
7. The Christian’s heavenly calling: 3:12-21
8. The need for Godly living: 4:1-9
9. The love offerings of the Philippians: 4:10-20
10. Closing to the book of Philippians: 4:21-23
Php 1:25-26 KJV – “And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your furtherance and joy of faith; That your rejoicing may be more abundant in Jesus Christ for me by my coming to you again.”
“And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all
After examining the probable results of Paul’s prison deliverance by release or death, he has been persuaded that he will be released from prison and continue to live and serve the Lord on this earth.
for your furtherance and joy of faith;
Paul saw the great need of the churches of the Gentile world. He saw they needed assistance as they continued to grow in the Lord and experience lasting joy in their faith.
What is meant by their “faith”? Of course, joy is gotten by the Christian when they exercise faith in Christ as their Savior, but it does not stop there. As the Christian grows in the truths of God’s Word, their faith will increase and become more fixed in their hearts. This is a part of their “joy of faith” and the need for Paul to continue to teach them not only the way of salvation but the truths of the Word as well.
That your rejoicing may be more abundant in Jesus Christ for me by my coming to you again.”
Paul wants the saints at Philippi to gain an increase in joy from his remaining on earth and ministering to them. Paul was trusting their joy would increase as they see him delivered from prison, which meant the Lord would allow Paul to continue to minister to them to meet their needs.
One of the blessings of serving the Lord is finding contentment and satisfaction in the knowledge that we are being used of the Lord to help others in need. It is a great privilege to be used of the Lord to meet the spiritual or physical needs of those around us. It is living a life to which we are called of our Lord.
May we all follow the example of Paul and be content knowing the Lord is using us to bring joy and everlasting peace to others who are around us.
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