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Introduction

This chapter embraces the following points : --

I. The salutation to the church, Phil 1:1, Phil 1:2.

II. Phil 1:3ff, the apostle expresses his gratitude for the evidence which they had given of love to God, and for their fidelity in the gospel from the time when it was first proclaimed among them. He says that he was confident that this would continue, and that God, who had so mercifully imparted grace to them to be faithful, would do it to the end.

III. He expresses the earnest hope that they might abound more and more in knowledge, and be without offence to the day of Christ, Phil 1:9ff.

IV. In Phil 1:12ff, he states to them what had been the effect of his imprisonment in Rome -- presuming that it would be grateful intelligence to them that even his imprisonment had been overruled for the spread of the gospel. His trials, he says, had been the means of the extension of the knowledge of Christ even in the palace, and many Christians had been emboldened by his sufferings to increased diligence in making known the truth. Some indeed, he says, preached Christ from unworthy motives, and with a view to increase his affliction, but in the great fact that Christ was preached he says he rejoiced. Forgetting himself, and any injury which they might design to do to him, he could sincerely rejoice that the gospel was proclaimed -- no matter by whom or with what motives. The whole affair he trusted would be made conducive to his salvation. Christ was the great end and aim of his life; and if he were made known, everything else was of minor importance.

V. The mention of the fact, Phil 1:21, that his great aim in living was "Christ," leads him to advert to the probability that he might soon be with him, Phil 1:22ff. So great was his wish to be with him, that he would hardly know which to choose -- whether to die at once, or to live and to make him known to others. Believing, however, that his life might be still useful to them, he had an expectation of considerable confidence that his life would be spared, and that he would be released.

VI. The chapter closes, Phil 1:27ff, with an earnest exhortation that they would live as became the gospel of Christ. Whatever might befall him -- whether he should be permitted to see them, or should hear of them -- he entreated that he might know that they were living as became the gospel. They were not to be afraid of their adversaries; and if called to suffer, they were to remember that "it was given" them not only to believe on the Redeemer, but also to suffer in his cause.

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1: Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons: edit

2: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. edit

3: I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, edit

4: Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy, edit

5: For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now; edit

6: Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: edit

7: Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart; inasmuch as both in my bonds, and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel, ye all are partakers of my grace. edit

8: For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ. edit

9: And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; edit

10: That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ. edit

11: Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God. edit

12: But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel; edit

13: So that my bonds in Christ are manifest in all the palace, and in all other places; edit

14: And many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing confident by my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word without fear. edit

15: Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will: edit

16: The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds: edit

17: But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defence of the gospel. edit

18: What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretence, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice. edit

19: For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, edit

20: According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. edit

21: For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. edit

22: But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not. edit

23: For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: edit

24: Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you. edit

25: And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your furtherance and joy of faith; edit

26: That your rejoicing may be more abundant in Jesus Christ for me by my coming to you again. edit

27: Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel; edit

28: And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God. edit

29: For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake; edit

30: Having the same conflict which ye saw in me, and now hear to be in me. edit

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