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 2:17-18 – “Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all. For the same cause also do ye joy, and rejoice with me.”
Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith,
Here we find that Paul was willing to give his life for the sake of the salvation of those at Philippi. Paul is picturing the giving of his entire being (his body, wellbeing and physical life) by the pouring out of a drink offering. Just like a cup is emptied as the drink offering is poured out, so too Paul was willing to be emptied of all his physical strength, health, and even physical life, to see the Philippians come to a saving faith in Christ.
Paul is saying that he was called upon, and willing to, give his all in his service for Christ.
I joy, and rejoice with you all.
Not only was Paul willing to give his all during the course of service to Christ, but he actually counted it his joy, which would be shared by those who came to faith in Christ at Philippi.
“I joy” refers to Paul being joyous because he was given the opportunity to sacrificially give of himself for Christ.
“rejoice with you all” refers to Paul being joyous for the Philippians who had come to faith in Christ and were not eternally secure in Him.
For the same cause also do ye joy, and rejoice with me.”
Paul knew the Philippians shared in this reciprocal joy with Paul.
Folks, are we willing to give our all for Christ?
Above that, are we thankful and joyous for the opportunity to empty ourselves for Him?
What a blessing and privilege for us to be able to give of ourselves for the cause of Christ, knowing our service will reap eternal rewards for us and make an eternal difference in the lives of those around us!
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