For example “Notice Paul’s situation? At many different times they had supported him financially and emotionally. 2:20-21; 3:17-18). 37-38). And why did Paul write to them? How does Paul presentation of Christ in Philippians compare to that in Colossians? 15:8-10). Paul exhorts his readers to remain steadfast in their faith and to imitate the humility of Christ, who “emptied himself” and “became obedient unto death, even death on a cross” (2:7–8). Why are these reasons Paul cites here in Philippians, and who do you think that he was appealing to in reciting them? What has He done? On the other hand, he may have been worried about Christian Judaizers from Jerusalem such as those he had written against long ago in Galatians 2:11-21, and more recently in Romans 4:9-17. Copyright © 2020 The Gospel Coalition, INC. All Rights Reserved. What is important is not what I have become, but what I am becoming (Luther). For example, Paul specifically associated this false teaching with an abusive use of circumcision in Colossians 2:11-12, as well as with dietary asceticism in Colossians 2:20-23. v 3)--’not where the battle was fought for honour, right and credit’ (Barth). How do Philippians 1:6, 1:9, 1:14, 1:25, 2:12, 2:15, 3:12-16, 4:2, and 4:12 describe this ongoing process of becoming different? 1 Cor. 3:8-9). Listen to Philippians 3:18-19, where he wrote this harsh condemnation: Clearly these enemies of the cross of Christ were not believers. What problem attitudes and actions can arise when you receive success and blessings? However, when tied to its context of verse 5, the good work is their partnership with Paul in the Gospel wherein they shared their resources with him to make its proclamation possible (cf. 3:10-15). 57 Jesus is not made higher than he was, but is above all things in a superlative sense even though he was very lowly. 98 This is a good verse for the doctrine of illumination (cf. 38 This unit is closely tied to the previous one with the conjunction “therefore” (ου῏ν) by Paul’s repetition of the idea of harmony as an essential element for Christian community and their defense of the gospel (cf. For example, how might grumbling or anger or worry or compulsive eating or manipulating others flow from the “god” and “mindset” Philippians 3:19 describes? According to Philippians 4:10, 18, the Philippians also sent Paul a gift close to the time that he wrote his letter to them. And by focusing on release and heaven, Paul was able to find a degree of joy in the midst of his troubles. AgapÄtos is the term Paul commonly used to describe his closest coworkers and beloved friends such as Tychicus, Epaphras, Philemon, Onesimus, and Luke. 32 The transition from discussions about himself to exhortations to the community is subtle with the use of the term “only” (Μόνον). We can teach them how to persevere through sound doctrine and practical advice. Some scholars have suggested that these verses constitute a hymn that was known in the church even before Paul wrote his letter to the Philippians. 14 The Greek is, “ἐν σπλάγχνοις Χριστοῦ ᾿Ιησοῦ.” Paul loves the Philippians with the very emotions of Christ. 66 Although verses 12-13 may have a reference to the Christ-hymn, these imperatives reach back to 1:27--2:5 as Paul addresses the church’s party spirit, selfishness, conceit, pride, and arrogance. And he loved them too, and took comfort and satisfaction from the thought of their prosperity in Christ. TO faith in the living, loving and powerful Savior, Jesus Christ. Paul's ministry in Philippi was so successful that even when he left the city, the Philippian Christians supported Paul sending him monetary gifts at various times when he was in financial need. Christ of the Christ-hymn, however, challengers every one of these false values of the Philippians. The Fleshly-Confidence Which Paul Could Have: Paul could have confidence in himself more than the false teachers because of his Jewish heritage and his zealous adherence to the Law 3:4-6, 1) Statement: Paul could have confidence in his birth, religion, position in society et cetera more than others (the Jewish false teachers) 3:4, 2) The reasons Paul could have confidence in himself are because of his natural Jewish heritage and his good Jewish works 3:5-6, a) Paul describes himself as a true Jew by virtue of his natural heritage--circumcision and birth 3:5a-d, (1) Circumcised: Paul was circumcised on the eighth day of his life 3:5a, (2) Birth: Paul is a an Israelite by birth 3:5b, (3) Tribe: Paul belongs to the tribe of Benjamin 3:5c, (4) Parents: Paul is a Hebrew born of Hebrew parents (rather than a Hellenist) 3:5d, b) Paul describes himself as a true Jew by virtue of his good works--a teacher of the Law, a zealous persecutor of the church, legally blameless 3:53-6, (1) Pharisee: Paul was a Pharisee with regard to the Jewish Law 3:5e, (2) Persecutor: Paul was a zealous persecutor of the church 3:6a, (3) Blameless: Paul was blameless with regard to legal righteousness 3:6b, b.