Philippians

Philippians 4

There are two words in the first verse which direct our thoughts to what has gone before: "Therefore" and "so." We are to stand fast in the Lord therefore, that is, because of, or in view of, what has just been stated. Well, what has been stated? Our heavenly calling, our heavenly citizenship, our expectation of that body of glory, fashioned like unto Christ's in which we shall enter into our heavenly portion. No uncertainty here! And no disappointment when the moment of realization com...

Philippians 3

There was rejoicing then both for Paul and for the Philippians as regards Epaphroditus; but as we enter upon chapter 3 we find where the truest and most permanent rejoicing lies for the Christian. God may, and indeed often does, give us to experience His mercy and make our hearts glad, yet on the other hand often He has to pass us through the valley of weeping. But even if circumstances are permitted to move against us, and sickness end fatally, the Lord Himself remains the same. Our re...

Philippians 2

The opening verse of chapter 2 appears to be an allusion to the supplies from the Philippians which had reached Paul by the hand of Epaphroditus. These gifts had been to him a very refreshing expression of the love and compassion that marked them, and of the true fellowship of the Spirit that existed between himself and them. As a result his heart had been filled with consolation and comfort in the midst of his afflictions. Whilst recognizing however, the immediate application of this f...

Philippians 1

In opening, Paul does not present himself as an apostle, but just as a bondman of Jesus Christ. Hence we are not to regard the experience which he is led to relate as being something apostolic, and therefore beyond the reach of ordinary Christians. On the contrary it is the experience of a bondman or servant, and we all are that. He addresses himself to those at Philippi who could be spoken of as "saints in Christ Jesus." Being in Christ they were set apart for God. They had bishops and...

Introduction to Philippians

The portion that now comes before us might be termed the Epistle of Christian experience. It is not characterized by the unfolding of doctrine, as are the epistles to the Romans and the Ephesians: any doctrine that it contains is brought in incidentally and not as the main theme. It is characterized by a spirit of great intimacy - for there was a very strong bond of affection between Paul and the Philippian saints - and by many personal details being given. Thus it comes to pass th...

Affliction and Learning

"Before I was afflicted I went astray..." Psalm 119:67 "It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn Thy statutes." Ps. 119:71 "But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel." Phil. 1:12 -------------------- Sometimes we have to go backwards in order to better go forward. Life’s reverses—its setbacks—are often our biggest helps in advancing. We ha...

Lecture 7 - The Epistles and the Revelation

The Epistles We have before us, to-night, beloved brethren, the concluding portion of God's blessed Word; and I cannot but feel, as we enter upon it, how more than inadequate the account has been of the previous parts, while it is vain to promise one's self better either as to what remains. Still what account could be given that would not be inadequate? And if a partial representation be in some sort a misrepresentation, it will be sufficient to warn you not to suppose that wh...

Perfect Work in Us

"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.” (Phil. 1:6) A good work was done for us at the Cross by our Lord Jesus Christ. Now, according to the above text, a good work is being done in us by the ministry of the Holy Spirit. The work done for us is finished work, as John 19:30 assures us; the work in us is not yet complete, it is being carried on. The verb “perform&...

It Is Better to Grow Grass

Having had the experience of starting two lawns from scratch I know it is better to grow grass than it is to pull weeds. There is no special formula for having a good lawn, simply grow grass! Good grass keeps out weeds. The better the grass the fewer the weeds. Many people spend a great deal of time pulling or spraying weeds in their lawn, when it would be more beneficial to spend their time growing good grass. When the grass is fed and cut properly weeds will have a difficult time ga...

I Have Learned To Be Content

(From the Journals of David Brainerd) Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content. (Phil. 4:11). By the gracious training of God, David Brainerd became a living example of the above verse. Born in 1718, he gave himself to be a missionary to the North American Indians. He took the good news of the Gospel of Christ to the Indians living in western Massachusetts and later to tribes living along the Susquehanna and Delaware ...
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