THE EPISTLE OF PAUL
Author: Paul with Timothy, slaves of Christ Jesus (1:1).
Time of Writing: Approximately A.D. 64, perhaps after Ephesians was written (cf. 1:25; 2:24).
Place of Writing: Rome, where Paul was imprisoned (1:13; Acts 28:30).
Recipients: The saints in Philippi, with the overseers and deacons (1:1).
Experiencing Christ -- Taking Christ as Our Living, Pattern, Goal, Power, and Secret
1 Paul and Timothy, aslaves of Christ Jesus, to all the bsaints in Christ Jesus who are in 1cPhilippi, 2with the 3doverseers and 4edeacons:
2 1aGrace to you and 2peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
II. Living Christ to Magnify Him
A. Fellowship for the Furtherance of the Gospel
3 I athank my God upon all my remembrance of you,
4 Always in my every apetition on behalf of you all, making my apetition with bjoy,
5 For your 1afellowship unto the furtherance of the 2bgospel from the first day until now,
6 Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun in you a good work will complete it until the aday of Christ Jesus;
7 Even as it is right for me to think this concerning you all because you have me in your heart, since both in my abonds and in the 1bdefense and confirmation of the gospel you are all 2fellow partakers 3with me of grace.
8 For God is my awitness how I blong after you all in the 1cinward parts of Christ Jesus.
9 And this I pray, that your alove may abound yet more and more in 1bfull knowledge and all 2discernment,
10 So that you may aapprove by testing the things which differ and are more excellent, that you may be 1pure and 2without offense unto the bday of Christ,
11 Being filled with the 1afruit of righteousness, which is bthrough Jesus Christ, to the cglory and praise of God.
12 Now I want you to know, brothers, that the things concerning me have turned out rather to the 1advancement of the agospel,
13 So that my abonds have become manifest as being 1in Christ among the whole 2Praetorian guard and to all the rest.
14 And most of the brothers, being confident in the Lord because of my bonds, are more exceedingly bold to speak the word of God without fear.
15 1Some preach Christ even because of aenvy and 2strife, and 3some also because of good will,
16 These out of love, knowing that I am set for the adefense of the gospel.
17 But the others announce Christ out of 1selfish ambition, not purely, thinking to raise up 2affliction in my abonds.
18 What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truthfulness, Christ is announced; and in this I 1arejoice; yes, and I will rejoice;
B. Magnifying Christ by Living Him
19 For I know that for me this will turn out to 1asalvation through 2your bpetition and the 3bountiful csupply of the 4dSpirit of Jesus Christ,
20 According to my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I will be put to ashame, but with all boldness, as always, even now Christ will be 1magnified bin my body, whether through life or through cdeath.
21 For to me, to 1alive is Christ and to die is 2gain.
22 But if I am to live in the flesh, if this to me is afruit for my work, then I do not know what I will choose.
23 But I am constrained between the two, having the desire to adepart and be 1with Christ, for this is far better;
24 But to remain in the flesh is more necessary for 1your sake.
25 And being confident of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all for your 1progress and ajoy of 2the bfaith,
26 That your 1boast may abound in Christ Jesus in me through my coming again to you.
C. Striving along with the Gospel with One Soul
27 Only, conduct yourselves in a manner aworthy of the bgospel of Christ, that whether coming and seeing you or being absent, I may hear of the things concerning you, that you cstand firm in one spirit, with 1done soul 2estriving together along with 3the faith of the gospel,
28 And in nothing being frightened by the opposers, which is to them a aproof of their 1bdestruction, but of your 2salvation, and that from God;
29 Because to you it has been graciously granted on behalf of Christ not only to believe 1into Him but also to 2asuffer on His behalf,
30 Having the same astruggle which you saw in 1me and now hear to be in me.