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The People of the Kingdom

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Watch our Read Scripture video on the book of Philippians, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. There is one Read Scripture video dedicated to the book of Philippians, which aims to help you see its unique contribution to the story of Jesus, but also how it works within the Bible’s overall framework.

In Phillippians, Paul thanks the Philippian Christians for their generosity and shares how they are all called to imitate Jesus’ self-giving love.

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The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the

PHILIPPIANS

PAUL writes a thank-you note to the believers at Philippi for their help in his
hour of need, and he uses the occasion to send along some instruction on
Christian unity. His central thought is simple: Only in Christ are real unity and joy
possible. With Christ as your model of humility and service, you can enjoy a oneness
of purpose, attitude, goal, and labor—a truth which Paul illustrates from his
own life, and one the Philippians desperately need to hear. Within their own ranks,
fellow workers in the Pilippian church are at odds, hindering the work in proclaiming
new life in Christ. Because of this, Paul exhorts the church to “stand fast
. . . be of the same mind . . . rejoice in the Lord always . . . but in everything by
prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known . . .
and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts
and minds through Christ Jesus” (4:1, 2, 4, 6, 7).
This epistle is called Pros Philippesious, “To the Philippians.” The church at
Philippi was the first church Paul founded in Macedonia.
 
 

Greeting

1

1 PAUL and Timothy, bondservants of Jesus Christ,

To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, with the 1bishops and adeacons:

2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Thankfulness and Prayer

3 aI thank my God upon every remembrance of you,
4 always in aevery prayer of mine making request for you all with joy,
5 afor your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now,
6 being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun aa good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;
7 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.
8 For God is my witness, how greatly I long for you all with the affection of Jesus Christ.
9 And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment,
10 that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ,
11 being filled with the fruits of righteousness awhich are by Jesus Christ, bto the glory and praise of God.

Christ Is Preached

12 But I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel,

CHAPTER 1 References

1 a[1 Tim.
3:8–13] 1Lit.
overseers
3 a1 Cor. 1:4
4 aEph. 1:16
5 a[Rom.
12:13] 6 a[John 6:29] 11 aCol. 1:6
bJohn 15:8
13 aPhil. 4:22
1Or Praetorium
16 1NU reverses
vv. 16 and
17.
19 aJob 13:16,
LXX
20 aEph. 6:19,
20 b[Rom.
14:8] 22 1do not
know
23 a[2 Cor. 5:2,
8] b[Ps. 16:11] 1NU, M But
26 a2 Cor. 1:14

13 so that it has become evident ato the whole 1palace guard, and to all the rest, that my chains are in Christ;
14 and most of the brethren in the Lord, having become confident by my chains, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.
15 Some indeed preach Christ even from envy and strife, and some also from goodwill:
16 1The former preach Christ from selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my chains;
17 but the latter out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel.
18 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.

To Live Is Christ

19 For I know that athis will turn out for my deliverance through your prayer and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,
20 according to my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but awith all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life bor by death.
21 For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
22 But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I 1cannot tell.
23 1For I am hard-pressed between the two, having a adesire to depart and be with Christ, which is bfar better.
24 Nevertheless to remain in the flesh is more needful for you.
25 And being confident of this, I know that I shall remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy of faith,
26 that ayour rejoicing for me may be more abundant in Jesus Christ by my coming to you again.

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Striving and Suffering for Christ

27 Only alet your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, bwith one mind cstriving together for the faith of the gospel,
28 and not in any way terrified by your adversaries, which is to them a proof of perdition, but 1to you of salvation, and that from God.
29 For to you ait has been granted on behalf of Christ, bnot only to believe in Him, but also to csuffer for His sake,
30 ahaving the same conflict bwhich you saw in me and now hear is in me.

Unity Through Humility

2

1 Therefore if there is any 1consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any aaffection and mercy,
2 afulfill my joy bby being likeminded, having the same love, being of cone accord, of one mind.
3 aLet nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but bin lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.
4 aLet each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of bothers.

The Humbled and Exalted Christ

5 aLet this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,
6 who, abeing in the form of God, did not consider it 1robbery to be equal with God,
7 abut 1made Himself of no reputation, taking the form bof a bondservant, and ccoming in the likeness of men.
8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and abecame bobedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.
9 aTherefore God also bhas highly exalted Him and cgiven Him the name which is above every name,
10 athat at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth,
11 and athat every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Light Bearers

12 Therefore, my beloved, aas you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, bwork out your own salvation with cfear and trembling;
13 for ait is God who works in you both to will and to do bfor His good pleasure.

27 aEph. 4:1
bEph. 4:3
cJude 3
28 1NU of
your salvation
29 a[Matt.
5:11, 12] bEph.
2:8 c[2 Tim.
3:12] 30 aCol. 1:29;
2:1 bActs
16:19–40

CHAPTER 2 References

1 aCol. 3:12
1Or encouragement
2 aJohn 3:29
bRom. 12:16
cPhil. 4:2
3 aGal. 5:26
bRom. 12:10
4 a1 Cor. 13:5
bRom. 15:1, 2
5 a[Matt.
11:29] 6 a2 Cor. 4:4
1Or something
to be
held onto to
be equal
7 aPs. 22:6 bIs.
42:1 c[John
1:14] 1emptied
Himself
of His privileges
8 aMatt. 26:39
bHeb. 5:8
9 aHeb. 2:9
bPs. 68:18;
110:1; Is.
52:13; Acts
2:33 cIs. 9:6;
Luke 1:32;
Eph. 1:21
10 aIs. 45:23
11 aJohn
13:13; [Rom
10:9; 14:9] 12 aPhil. 1:5, 6;
4:15 bJohn
6:27, 29 cEph.
6:5
13 aHeb. 13:20,
21 bEph. 1:5
14 a1 Pet. 4:9
bRom. 14:1
1grumbling
2arguing
15 aMatt. 5:15,
16 1innocent
16 a2 Cor. 1:14
bGal. 2:2
c1 Thess. 3:5
17 a2 Tim. 4:6
bRom. 15:16
c2 Cor. 7:4
19 aRom. 16:21
1condition
20 a2 Tim. 3:10
22 a1 Cor. 4:17
25 aPhil. 4:18
bPhilem. 2
c2 Cor. 8:23
d2 Cor. 11:9
26 aPhil. 1:8
30 a1 Cor.
16:17 1risking

PHILIPPIANS 3:3

14 Do all things awithout 1complaining and bdisputing,2
15 that you may become blameless and 1harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as alights in the world,
16 holding fast the word of life, so that aI may rejoice in the day of Christ that bI have not run in vain or labored in cvain.
17 Yes, and if aI am being poured out as a drink offering on the sacrifice band service of your faith, cI am glad and rejoice with you all.
18 For the same reason you also be glad and rejoice with me.

Timothy Commended

19 But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send aTimothy to you shortly, that I also may be encouraged when I know your 1state.
20 For I have no one alike-minded, who will sincerely care for your state.
21 For all seek their own, not the things which are of Christ Jesus.
22 But you know his proven character, athat as a son with his father he served with me in the gospel.
23 Therefore I hope to send him at once, as soon as I see how it goes with me.
24 But I trust in the Lord that I myself shall also come shortly.

Epaphroditus Praised

25 Yet I considered it necessary to send to you aEpaphroditus, my brother, fellow worker, and bfellow soldier, cbut your messenger and dthe one who ministered to my need;
26 asince he was longing for you all, and was distressed because you had heard that he was sick.
27 For indeed he was sick almost unto death; but God had mercy on him, and not only on him but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow.
28 Therefore I sent him the more eagerly, that when you see him again you may rejoice, and I may be less sorrowful.
29 Receive him therefore in the Lord with all gladness, and hold such men in esteem;
30 because for the work of Christ he came close to death, 1not regarding his life, ato supply what was lacking in your service toward me.

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PSALM 11

Faith in the LORD’s Righteousness

To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.

1 IN athe LORD I put my trust; How can you say to my soul, “Flee as a bird to your mountain”?
2 For look! aThe wicked bend their bow, They make ready their arrow on the string, That they may shoot 1secretly at the upright in heart.
3 aIf the foundations are destroyed, What can the righteous do?

4 The LORD is in His holy temple, The LORD’s athrone is in heaven; bHis eyes behold, His eyelids test the sons of men.
5 The LORD atests the righteous, But the wicked and the one

PSALM 11 References

1 aPs. 56:11
2 aPs. 64:3, 4
1Lit. in darkness
3 aPs. 82:5;
87:1; 119:152
4 aPs. 2:4; [Is.
66:1]; Matt.
5:34; 23:22;
[Acts 7:49];
Rev. 4:2 b[Ps.
33:18; 34:15,
16] 5 aGen. 22:1;
[James 1:12] 6 a1 Sam. 1:4;
Ps. 75:8; Ezek.
38:22 1Their
allotted portion
or
serving
7 aPs. 33:5;
45:7 1Or The
upright beholds
His
countenance

who loves violence His soul hates.
6 Upon the wicked He will rain coals; Fire and brimstone and a burning wind aShall be 1the portion of their cup.

7 For the LORD is righteous, He aloves righteousness; 1His countenance beholds the upright.

 
 

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