INTRODUCTION TO OUR SERIES:
Background to Philippians…
The Apostle Paul wrote the epistle (personal letter) (1:1) to the Philippian church, probably during his imprisonment in Rome. The letter was written from a heart of love and concern for the Philippians. Due to Paul’s imprisonment, he could not personally visit with the church so he sent this letter with Timothy to encourage them and bring back news of their condition to Paul. (2:19).
Some of the main divisions of the book include:
1. Introduction to the book: 1:1-2
2. Paul’s thankfulness for the Philippians: 1:3-11
3. News of Paul’s imprisonment and dedication: 1:12-26
4. Following Christ’s example is our duty: 1:27-2:18
5. Paul’s representatives and the need to treat them kindly: 2:19-30
6. Paul’s example of living a joyous life: 3:1-11
7. The Christian’s heavenly calling: 3:12-21
8. The need for Godly living: 4:1-9
9. The love offerings of the Philippians: 4:10-20
10. Closing to the book of Philippians: 4:21-23
Php 2:28-30 – “I sent him therefore the more carefully, that, when ye see him again, ye may rejoice, and that I may be the less sorrowful. Receive him therefore in the Lord with all gladness; and hold such in reputation: Because for the work of Christ he was nigh unto death, not regarding his life, to supply your lack of service toward me.”
I sent him therefore the more carefully, that, when ye see him again, ye may rejoice, and that I may be the less sorrowful.
Paul would take great care to hasten Epaphroditus’ departure for Philippi knowing that it would be an joyous encouragement to the people, which would result in Paul’s encouragement as well.
Receive him therefore in the Lord with all gladness; and hold such in reputation:
Because of Paul’s great care in sending Epaphroditus to them, the Philippians were to treat him as a brother in Christ, receiving him with genuine delight. Based on his reputation, they were to hold him up as an honorable servant of Christ and the Apostle Paul
Because for the work of Christ he was nigh unto death, not regarding his life, to supply your lack of service toward me.
Epaphroditus had proven himself as a faithful servant of the Lord. In the course of his service to Christ, he willingly risked his life. He did all of this simply because, in the Philippian’s absence, he was to stand in for them, working to meet the needs of Paul.
Folks, Epaphroditus willingly risked his life to do the work of the Lord. How many of us can say the same thing? May we all ask the Lord for grace and enabling to choose Him over our own life when necessary.
For some of us, our spirit is willing to die for Christ, when necessary. But because of the blessings of God upon our nation, the opportunity to die for Christ is very limited here. Not so, in many foreign lands. In some countries EVERYDAY Christian’s willingly place their lives on the line in an effort to serve their King, the Lord Jesus. May we be in daily prayer for those who face death every day in an effort to serve Jesus.
We have much to be thankful for, living as citizens in a country where Christ, for the most part, is allowed to be worshipped without persecution. However, things are changing. May we always be thankful for the grace the Lord has shown to us and be in prayer for our country that we might continue to serve the Lord without fear of losing our lives in His name.
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