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Grace to you and peace : Paul gave his familiar greeting of grace and peace , recognizing that these come to us only from God our Father and through the Son. Phl Paul gives thanks for the Philippian Christians. I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;. I thank my God upon every remembrance of you : When Paul remembered all the Philippians did for him, he was extremely thankful.

He was naturally grateful to the Philippians, but more so to God who had worked such kindness through the Philippians. The Philippians were extremely giving towards Paul, both when he was with them Acts , and when he was apart from them 2 Corinthians , , and Making request for you all : Paul prayed for the Philippians and he did so with joy. This was one way Paul felt he could repay the Philippians for all they did for him.

One might simply say that when Paul prayed for the Philippians he became happy. It is remarkable to see that Paul's first reference to his own feelings or frame of mind in this letter is that of joy - though he wrote from prison and a possible soon execution. The triumph, moreover, is not that of stoical indifference. It is rather the recognition of the fact that all apparently adverse conditions are made allies of the soul and ministers of victory, under the dominion of the Lord.

It was at Philippi that he had sung in prison at midnight, in the company of Silas. Now he was again in prison, this time in Rome. For your fellowship in the gospel : This was one reason Paul was thankful for the Philippians.

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The idea is that the Philippians "partnered" with Paul in his spreading of the gospel through their friendship and financial support, and they did so from the first day until now. They didn't wait to see if Paul was a "winner" before they supported him. They got behind Paul and his ministry early. He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ : When Paul thought of the beginning of God's work among the Philippians from the first day , it was natural that he also thought of the day when that work would be complete.

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Paul also expressed his confidence in God's ability to complete that work. It was indeed a good work begun in the Philippians and in all believers. Because this good work was begun, Paul was confident of its completion.

God is a worker who completes His works. Show me for once a world abandoned and thrown aside half formed; show me a universe cast off from the Great Potter's wheel, with the design in outline, the clay half hardened, and the form unshapely from incompleteness. This work in the believer will not be finally complete until the day of Jesus Christ , which in context has the idea of the second coming of Jesus and our resurrection with Him. Phl Paul declares his affection for the Philippians. Just as it is right for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart, inasmuch as both in my chains and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers with me of grace.

For God is my witness, how greatly I long for you all with the affection of Jesus Christ. It is right for me to think this of you all : Paul's thankfulness, joy, and desire to pray for the Philippians was right, because they stood beside him in his trials for the gospel, and they received the same grace he did you all are partakers with me of grace.

I have you in my heart : Paul was a man of towering intellect, but he was also a man of great heart , and the Philippian Christians were in his heart.

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He could even call God as his witness regarding his deep affection for them. Clarke paraphrased Paul's idea here: "I call God to witness that I have the strongest affection for you, and that I love you with that same kind of tender concern with which Christ loved the world when he gave himself for it.

Phl Paul's prayer for the Philippians. And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. This I pray, that your love may abound still more and more : The Philippians had a lot of love, and they showed it to Paul.

Yet Paul didn't hesitate to pray that their love would abound still more and more.

It doesn't matter how much love for others we have; we can still have more! That your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment : Yet, the love Paul wanted to abound in the Philippians was not "blind love. Paul knew the danger of a undiscerning love. He rebuked the Corinthian church that seemed to glory in their "love" and "openness" which lacked any sense of knowledge and discernment 1 Corinthians That you may be sincere and without offense : When we approve and receive the things that are excellent , we become sincere speaking of inner righteousness and without offense speaking of outer righteousness that can be seen.

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Till the day of Christ means that these things become increasingly evident in our life until Jesus comes. Being sincere is important, but alone it is not enough. Notorious sinners in the days of Jesus such as tax collectors were sincere, yet they still needed to repent. As well, being without offense before others is important, but alone it is not enough.

The Pharisees of Jesus' day were without offense in the opinion of many. We want God to make us both sincere and without offense. Being filled with the fruits of righteousness : The work of becoming sincere and without offense is really God's work within us. It happens as we are filled with the fruits of righteousness. Bearing fruit is always the result of abiding in Jesus John As we abide in Him, we receive the life and nutrients we need to naturally bear fruit to the glory and praise of God. He loves to glorify God, and he glorifies him by showing forth in his conversion the glorious working of the glorious power of the Lord.

Phl Paul's imprisonment has not hindered the gospel in any way.

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But I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel, so that it has become evident to the whole palace guard, and to all the rest, that my chains are in Christ; and most of the brethren in the Lord, having become confident by my chains, are much more bold to speak the word without fear. The things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel : Paul here answered a concern of the Philippians.

He wanted them to know that God's blessing and power were still with him, even though he was in prison. He was not out of the will of God, and God's work still continued. When Paul was with the Philippians, there were amazing examples of the sovereign power of God, culminating in a divine jail-break and their vindication before civil magistrates Acts We are not surprised that the Philippians wondered where the power of God was in Paul's present imprisonment.

We also know that all this turned out for the furtherance of the gospel because during this time he wrote Ephesians, Philippians, and Colossians. God didn't waste Paul's time during the Roman imprisonment. God never wastes our time, though we may waste it by not sensing God's purpose for our lives at the moment.

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The furtherance of the gospel : Paul doesn't mention if he was being advanced, because he didn't care about that and he assumed that the Philippians didn't care either. Their common passion was the furtherance of the gospel , and the gospel continued to advance. It has become evident to the whole palace guard, and to all the rest, that my chains are in Christ : The circumstances around Paul's imprisonment and his manner in the midst of it made it clear to all observers that he was not just another prisoner, but that he was an emissary of Jesus Christ.

This witness led to the conversion of many, even some of the palace guard. From this we see that Paul could minister effectively and bring glory to God in less than ideal circumstances. He didn't need everything to be easy and set in order to be fruitful. Having become confident by my chains : Paul's imprisonment gave the Christians around him - who were not imprisoned - greater confidence and boldness.

Phl Paul considers the motives of others in their preaching. Some indeed preach Christ even from envy and strife, and some also from good will: The former preach Christ from selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my chains; but the latter out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel. What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is preached; and in this I rejoice, yes, and will rejoice.

Some indeed preach Christ even from envy and strife : Paul knew that some preached because they wanted to "surpass" Paul in ministry, and to promote their own name and place above Paul's. These people were glad Paul was imprisoned, because they felt this gave them a competitive edge over him in what they considered to be the contest of preaching the gospel.

They were motivated - at least in part - by a competitive spirit, which too often is common among preachers. Paul wasn't so critical or cynical to believe that every other preacher had bad motives.

He knew that some also preached from good will. The former preach Christ from selfish ambition : Those preaching the gospel out of wrong motives are infected with selfish ambition , which makes them serve, but not sincerely. Ambition isn't necessarily bad; there is nothing wrong in wanting to be the best we can be for God.

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But selfish ambition is most concerned about a successful image , instead of striving for true success before God. Supposing to add affliction to my chains : Those who preached Christ from the wrong motive supposed to add affliction to Paul's chains. Their competitive hearts didn't only want to win for themselves; they also wanted Paul to lose. They wanted Paul to endure the humiliation of having to admit that others were more effective to him. They didn't understand that Paul honestly didn't care about this, because he did not have a competitive spirit in ministry.

Tozer wrote this powerful piece rebuking the attitude of competition that is common among those in the ministry: "Dear Lord, I refuse henceforth to compete with any of Thy servants. They have congregations larger than mine. So be it. I rejoice in their success. They have greater gifts. Very well. That is not in their power nor in mine.