THE LETTER OF PAUL TO THE PHILIPPIANS A.D 60-62 This letter is to those already in the church at Philippi, believers in Jesus Christ. The birth of this Philippians 1 church is recorded in Acts 16:11-40 and a follow up visit is recorded in 20:1-6 by Paul. I. Salutations Overseer, Bishop, A. From: 1__________ and Timothy, bond-servants of Christ Jesus, Elder, and Pastor are B. To: all the ___________ in Christ Jesus who are in _________________, including interchangeable. 1. the ________________ and Again, the two offices held in the church are 2. _____________: emphasized by Paul 2 C. Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Of Paul’s letters to II. Thanksgiving churches, A. 3I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, Philippians is the 1. 4 always offering prayer with ______ in my every prayer for you all, most personally written. 5 2. in view of your participation in the __________ from the first day until now. B. 6For I am confident of this very thing, that “But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became 1. He who began a good work in you obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed, and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of a. will ____________ it righteousness. I am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of b. until the day of Christ Jesus. your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves to impurity C. 7For it is only right for me to feel this way about you all, and to lawlessness, resulting in further lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness, resulting in sanctification.” Rom 1. because I have you in my __________, 6:17-19 2. since both “Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply a. in my imprisonment and moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge, and in your b. in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness, and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, c. you all are _______________ of grace with me. and in your brotherly kindness, love. For if these qualities are yours and D. 8For God is my witness, are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true 1. how I long for you all knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he who lacks these qualities is 2. with the affection of Christ Jesus. 9And this blind or short-sighted, having forgotten his purification from his former 3. I pray, sins. Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about a. that your ________ may abound His calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble; for in this way the entrance into the eternal kingdom b. still ________ and _________ of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be abundantly supplied to you.” 2 Peter 1:5-11 c. in ________ knowledge and d. all ____________________, “There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called i. 10so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, ii. in order to be sincere and one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and iii. blameless until the day of Christ; in all. But to each one of us grace was given according to the iv. 11having been filled with the fruit of righteousness measure of Christ’s gift. Eph.4:4 - 7 - which comes through Jesus Christ, - to the glory and praise of God. III. The Gospel Is Preached A. 12Now I want you to know, brethren, that 1. my circumstances have turned out for the greater ________________ of the gospel, 13so that 2. my imprisonment in the __________ of Christ has become well __________ a. ____________________ the whole praetorian guard and New Commentary on the Whole Bible: N.Test. b. to everyone else, 14and that Volume 3. most of the brethren, trusting in the Lord because of my imprisonment, Paul by then had been in a Roman prison for two years. In this time his cause and his message had a. have far more _______________ become widely known in Rome. palace— i. to speak the word of God Praetorium. The Praetorian guards (belonging to the emperor who was called “Praetor” or ii. without ________. “Commander-in-chief”) were stationed at the palace of Nero in special barracks apart from the general Praetorian camp outside the city. Paul seemed to be in stricter custody here than in the place indicated in Acts (28:16, 20, 30, 31), where he was chained to a soldier but lived in his own rented house. He was now apparently held at the Praetorium barracks. THE LETTER OF PAUL TO THE PHILIPPIANS Chapter 1 Continued… 15 B. Some, to be sure, 1. are preaching Christ even from a. ________ and b. __________, but some also from c. good will; 2. 16the latter do it out of ________, a. knowing that I am ___________________ Acts 9:15 – 17 “But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument b. for the defense of the gospel; of Mine, to bear My name before the Gentiles and kings and the sons of 3. 17the former proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition Israel; for I will show him how much he must suffer for My name’s sake.”” a. rather than from pure motives, b. thinking to cause me _______________ in my imprisonment. 18 4. What then? a. Only that in every way, b. whether in ________________ or in __________, Paul is dealing here with the character of the men c. Christ is proclaimed; and preaching and not what was being preached. The men were still preaching Christ, although in a pretense of d. in ________ I rejoice. purpose or a truth of purpose, to win others to Christ or e. Yes, and I will rejoice. to themselves! We must examine why we witness! C. 19For I know that 1. this will turn out for my ______________________ through a. your prayers and What Does Paul Mean By b. the provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, “turn out for my deliverance”? 2. 20according to my earnest expectation and hope, that Deliverance = Death OR Release a. I will not be put to ________ in anything, but that b. with all boldness, Christ will even now, as always, be exalted in my body, c. whether by ________ or by __________. IV. To Live Is Christ A. 21For to me, 1. to live is ____________ and 2. to die is ________. 3. 22But if I am to live on in the flesh, a. this will mean _________________ labor for me; and b. I do not know which to choose. 4. 23But I am hard-pressed from both directions, a. having the desire to depart and i. be with Christ, ii. for that is very much better; 24 b. yet to remain on in the flesh is more _____________________ for your sake. 25 B. Convinced of this, I know that I will ____________ and ________________ 1. with you all 2. for your _________________ and joy in the faith, 3. 26so that your proud confidence in me a. may abound in Christ Jesus b. through my coming to you again. THE LETTER OF PAUL TO THE PHILIPPIANS Chapter 1 Continued… 27 C. Only conduct yourselves in a manner ____________ of the gospel of Christ, 1. so that a. whether I ________ and see you or ____________ absent, b. I will _________ of you that you are standing ________ John 17:20 – 23 “I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me i. in one ________, through their word; that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they ii. with one _________ also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me. The glory which You have iii. striving ________________ given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the iv. for the __________ of the gospel; world may know that You sent Me, and loved 28 them, even as You have loved Me.” v. in no way ______________ by your opponents - which is a sign of ________________________ for them, 2 Timothy 3:12 “Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.” - but of _____________________ for you, 2 Timothy 1:12-14 “For this reason I also suffer - and that too, from God. these things, but I am not ashamed; for I know 29 - For to you it has been granted for __________ sake, whom I have believed and I am convinced that He ~ not only is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until ~ to believe in Him, but also that day. Retain the standard of sound words which you have heard from me, in the faith and ~ to ___________ for His sake, love which are in Christ Jesus. Guard, through ~ 30experiencing the same conflict which you saw in me, the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, the treasure ~ and now hear to be in me. which has been entrusted to you. 13Retain the standard of sound words which you have heard from me, in the faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. 14Guard, through the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, the treasure which has been entrusted to you. THE LETTER OF PAUL TO THE PHILIPPIANS Philippians 2 I. The Church Must Put On Humility A. 1Therefore A good way to read verse one and take something 1. if there is any ____________________________ in Christ, from it, other than the obvious resounding YES because we know that it’s true, is instead of “if there is any” ask yourself “How have I received 2. if there is any _______________________ of love, the…?” Then, once you see the many ways you have, the only right response is to agree with the 3. if there is any ____________________ of the Spirit, pursuit of this chapter: THE CHURCH MUST PUT ON THE HUMILITY OF CHRIST ! 4. if any __________________ and ___________________, B. 2make my joy complete by 1. being of the ________ mind, 2. maintaining the ________ love, 3. ____________ in spirit, 4. intent on ______ purpose. 5. 3Do ______________ from selfishness or empty conceit, but a. with humility of mind b. regard one another as _________ important than yourselves; c. 4do not ____________ look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of ____________. II. Christ Is Our Example of Humility A. 5Have this __________________ in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, 6who, 1. although He existed in the form of God, 2. did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7but John 1:1-2 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, 3. _______________ Himself, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. 4. taking the ________ of a bond-servant, and a. being _________ in the likeness of men. b. 8Being found in ___________________________ as a man, B. He _________________ Himself by becoming ________________ to the point of death, even death on a cross. 1. 9For this reason also, James 4:6,10 “But He gives a greater grace. a. God highly ______________ Him, and Therefore it says, “God is opposed to the proud, but b. bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, gives grace to the humble.” Humble yourselves in 2. 10so that at the name of Jesus the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.” 1 Peter 5:6-8 “Therefore humble yourselves under a. every knee ________ bow, the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at i. of those who are in ____________ and the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around ii. on __________ and like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” iii. __________ the earth, b. 11and that every tongue will ______________ that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. THE LETTER OF PAUL TO THE PHILIPPIANS Chapter 2 Continued… III. How Christ’s Humility Is Revealed In The Church What the verse CAN’T mean: A. 12So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, Eph 2:8–10 “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the 1. not as in my ________________ only, gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in 2. but now ________ ________ in my ________________, Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” Romans 3:19-23 “Now we know that whatever the Law says, it speaks to those who are under the Law, so that every mouth may be closed and all the world may become accountable to God; because by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight; for through the Law comes the knowledge of sin. But now apart from the Law the righteousness of God has been manifested, being B. work out your ___________________ with fear and trembling; witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the This is really the most difficult phrase used here, and is a constant righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ source of false teaching and false doctrine concerning the security for all those who believe; for there is no distinction; for all have sinned and fall short of the of the believer and works salvation. If it said, “live out” your salvation, glory of God,” we’d all agree and understand the command plainly, but “work out” implies a works salvation, an insecure salvation, and a troublesome time of figuring out how one can be saved as we attempt to “work it out”. In a passage like this, you must begin by remembering the rest of what Scripture says, that God’s Word is infallible and inerrant, and that one verse misunderstood does not negate the longstanding doctrines of the whole of the Bible. Always let your Bible define your Bible!! Therefore, it cannot mean that we gain our salvation by working at it with fear and trembling based on just two of the many verses which again and again demonstrate for us that salvation is by grace and through faith in and of Jesus Christ.. Plus, we know that Paul is preaching here to the church at Philippi, a place and audience of believers and not the unsaved. Nowhere is it taught that we can truly gain salvation and then lose it if we don’t work hard enough or be faithful enough. Texts alluding to these misunderstood ideas are most always referring to the unbelievers in the midst of believers, those seeking entrance to the kingdom through false means, those who are believers in name or affiliation only and not by true faith, and those who do all the right things that Christians are seen doing but are doing so in order to accomplish in themselves what only faith in Christ can. Knowing these things, we can deduce a greater meaning, and a more contextually sound meaning, in observing the state of humility consistently mentioned throughout the whole letter, the mind of the humble Christ Jesus, and the working of God in and through us to accomplish the point and purpose of Christ and His suffering for us: God’s glorious pleasure! James 2:14, 17, 19-20 “What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him? Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself. You believe that £God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder. But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless?” Paul is giving the instruction to let their salvation, which they already have as a possession, be “outwardly working” more because of the presence of God at work than the presence or absence of Paul at work and to see this with a great reverence and respect and the pursuit of the mind of Christ which God himself is at work within us to bring about. Him doing so in us is exactly what SANCTIFICATION is. Heb 12:14–17 “Pursue peace with all men, and the 1. 13for it is God who is at work ____ you, both to sanctification without which no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no a. ______ and to root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled; that there be no immoral or godless person b. ________ like Esau, who sold his own birthright for a single meal. For you know that even afterwards, when he desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for 2. ______ His good pleasure. repentance, though he sought for it with tears.” THE LETTER OF PAUL TO THE PHILIPPIANS Chapter 2 Continued… C. 14Do all things without grumbling or disputing; 1. 15so that you will __________ yourselves to be a. blameless and b. innocent, c. children of God d. above reproach e. in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, f. among whom you appear as lights in the world, IV. Paul’s Example And Sharing In Christ’s Humility For The Church’s Sake A. 16holding fast the word of life, 1. so that in the day of Christ I will have reason to glory 2. because I did not run in ________ nor toil in vain. B. 17But even if I am being poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, 1. I rejoice and share my joy with you all. 2. 18You too, I urge you, rejoice in the same way and share your joy with me. V. Timothy’s Example And Sharing In Christ’s Humility For The Church’s Sake A. 19But I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you shortly, 1. so that I also may be ____________________ 2. when I learn of your ____________________. B. 20For I have no one else 1. of _____________ spirit 2. who will ____________________ be concerned for your welfare. 3. 21For they all seek after their ______ interests, not those of Christ ____________. C. 22But you know of his ____________ worth, that 1. he ____________ with me in the furtherance of the gospel 2. like a __________ serving his father. D. 23Therefore I hope to send him immediately, 1. as soon as I see how things go with ____; 2. 24and I trust in the Lord that I ____________ also will be coming shortly. THE LETTER OF PAUL TO THE PHILIPPIANS Chapter 2 Continued… VI. Epaphroditus’ Example And Sharing In Christ’s Humility For The Church’s Sake A. 25But I thought it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, 1. my _______________ and Can all this be said of 2. fellow ____________ and you? Why or why not? 3. fellow ____________, who is also 4. your ______________ and 5. ________________ to my need; B. 26because he was 1. ______________ for you all and was 2. ______________ because you had heard that he was sick. a. 27For indeed he was sick to the point of __________, but Could it be that some b. God had mercy on him, and person or group is i. not on him only but having to risk their life ii. also on me, to complete what is iii. so that I would not have _____________ upon sorrow. lacking or deficient in your service out of C. 28Therefore I ________ ________ him all the more eagerly simple disobedience to 1. so that when you see him again you may rejoice and the call of our Lord and 2. I may be less concerned about you. Savior Jesus Christ? D. 29Receive him then 1. in the Lord 2. with all joy, and 3. hold men like him in high __________; a. 30because he came close to death for the ________ of Christ, b. risking his life to complete what was __________________ in your service to me. THE LETTER OF PAUL TO THE PHILIPPIANS Philippians 3: Living a Resurrected Life!! I. Rejoice in the Lord and Not the Flesh A. 1Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. B. To write the same things again is no trouble to me, and it is a __________________ for you. 1. 2Beware of the dogs, 2. beware of the evil workers, The false circumcision is the belief that only through the Law, and the covenant sign accompanying it in the flesh, that you were under it, could one be saved. 3. beware of the __________ circumcision; The true circumcision is the belief that only through faith in Jesus Christ, as even Abraham’s faith in the LORD (Gen 15:6/Rom 4:4-5) C. 3for we are the ________ circumcision, was counted as righteousness (who was the first to receive this sign of 1. who worship in the Spirit of God and the covenant (Gen 17)), are we saved. 2. glory in Christ Jesus and Once you begin associating anything to salvation apart from faith in Christ, you begin spiraling out of control into false doctrine and heresy. 3. put no confidence in the ________, Paul is warning the Philippians to beware anyone teaching anything that contradicts the finished work of Christ received by faith. II. Accomplishments in Our Flesh are of No Real Gain A. 4although I myself might have confidence even in the ________. 1. If anyone else has a mind to put confidence in the flesh, What does it tell us if Paul attributes all of these 2. I far more: incredible accomplishments, that directly a. 5circumcised the eighth day, correspond to God’s Word and commands, with b. of the nation of Israel, a confidence that is only in the flesh!? c. of the tribe of Benjamin, d. a Hebrew of Hebrews; e. as to the Law, a Pharisee; f. 6as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; g. as to the righteousness which is in the Law, found blameless. B. 7But whatever things were ________ to me, 1. those things I have counted as ________ 2. for the ________ of Christ. III. Leaving Behind the Results of the Flesh in Order to Gain Christ Fully ALL THAT IS MINE IS RUBBISH COMPARED TO KNOWING JESUS?! A. 8More than that, I count ______ things to be ________ car accomplishments 1. in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, house health 2. for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and job clothing reputation food 3. count them but _______________ children comfort 4. so that I may gain Christ, rubbish (Eng) = spouse safety 5. 9and may be found in Him, skubalah (Grk) = friends entertainment 6. not having a righteousness parents time dung = reality money plans abilities knowledge a. of my _______ position experience b. derived from the ______, but DO I DESIRE TO GAIN CHRIST IN FULL IN MY LIFE OR NOT? c. that which is through __________ in Christ, i. the righteousness which comes from ______ ii. on the basis of __________, 7. 10that I may ________ Him and a. the power of His resurrection and b. the fellowship of His sufferings, i. being conformed to His death; ii. 11in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. THE LETTER OF PAUL TO THE PHILIPPIANS Philippians 3: Living a Resurrected Life!! Continued… IV. Realizing that You Already Possess What You Will Be Given Changes How We Live Today A. 12Not that I have already 1. ______________ it or 2. have already become ______________, 3. but I press on a. so that I may ______ ________ of that b. for which also I was ________ ________ of by Christ Jesus. B. 13Brethren, I do not regard myself as having ________ ________ of it yet; but one thing I do: 1. forgetting what lies ____________ and 2. reaching forward to what lies __________, 3. 14I press on a. ____________ the goal b. for the prize of the ____________ ________ of God in Christ Jesus. V. Realizing that You Already Possess What You Will Be Given Changes How We Live Today continued… C. 15Let us therefore, 1. as many as are ______________, have this attitude; and 2. if in anything you have a different attitude, God will _____________ that also to you; 3. 16however, let us keep living by that same standard to which we have __________________. 4. 17Brethren, join in following my example, and 5. observe those who ________ according to the pattern you have in us. a. 18For many ________, i. of whom I often told you, and ii. now tell you even weeping, that iii. they are ______________ of the cross of Christ, iv. 19whose end is ______________________, v. whose god is their ________________, and vi. whose glory is in their ____________, vii. who set their __________ on earthly things. D. 20For our citizenship is in heaven, 1. from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; a. 21who will ________________ the body of our humble state into _________________ with the body of ______ glory, b. by the exertion of the __________ that He has even to subject ______ things to Himself. THE LETTER OF PAUL TO THE PHILIPPIANS Philippians 4: Peace in the Presence of Christ I. With Others! Euodia (poss. “fragrant aroma”) A. 1Therefore, my beloved brethren & Syntyche (poss. “fortunate”): 1. whom I long to see, my joy and crown, These were Christian women at Philippi who had fallen into some 2. so stand ________ in the Lord, my beloved. disagreement that was affecting the whole church. What is written in vv. B. 2I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to live in ______________ in the Lord. 2, 3 is all that is known about the two women or about their dispute or 1. 3Indeed, true companion, I ask you also to ________ these women about Clement, whose name means “merciful”. Paul does not take sides 2. who have shared my struggle in the cause of the ____________, in the argument, but instead encourages that they should be 3. together with Clement also and reconciled. 4. the rest of my fellow workers, 5. whose names are in the book of life. C. 4Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! D. 5Let your ________ spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. II. With Self! A. 6Be ______________ for nothing, but in __________________ The Greek word here interpreted as “anxious” 1. by __________ and supplication with __________________ literally means to have a care for something in a distracting way. 2. let your requests be made known to ______. B. 7And the _________ of God, 1. which ___________________ all comprehension, 2. will ___________ your __________ and your ___________ in Christ Jesus. C. 8Finally, brethren, 1. whatever is true, 2. whatever is honorable, 3. whatever is right, 4. whatever is pure, 5. whatever is lovely, 6. whatever is of good repute, 7. if there is any excellence and 8. if anything worthy of praise, 9. dwell on these things. D. 9The things you have 1. learned and 2. received and 3. heard and 4. seen in me, 5. practice these things, and 6. the ______ of peace will be ________ you. THE LETTER OF PAUL TO THE PHILIPPIANS Philippians 4: Peace in the Presence of Christ cont… III. With Circumstances! A. 10But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at last you have ________________ your concern for me; 1. indeed, you were concerned before, but 2. you lacked opportunity. B. 11Not that I speak from want, 1. for I have learned to be ___________ in whatever circumstances I am. 2. 12I know how to get along with humble means, and 3. I also know how to live in prosperity; C. in any and every circumstance I have learned the _______________ 1. of being filled and going hungry, 2. both of having abundance and suffering need. D. 13I can do ______ things through _______ who ____________________ me. E. 14Nevertheless, you have done well to share with me in my affliction. IV. With Provision! A. 15You yourselves also know, Philippians, that 1. at the first preaching of the gospel, 2. after I left Macedonia, 3. no _________ shared with me in the matter of ___________ and ________________ but you alone; B. 16for even in Thessalonica 1. you sent a gift more than once for my needs. C. 17Not that I seek the _________ itself, but 1. I seek for the profit which increases to your account. 18 2. But I have received ___________________ in full and have an abundance; 3. I am _________ supplied, having received from Epaphroditus what you have sent, a. a fragrant aroma, b. an acceptable sacrifice, c. well-pleasing to God. D. 19And my ______ will supply ______ your __________ according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. V. Final Salutations… A. 20Now to our God and Father be the glory forever and ever. Amen. B. 21Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. C. The brethren who are with me greet you. D. 22All the saints greet you, especially those of Caesar’s household. E. 23The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.
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