Paul expresses joy and camaraderie more with the congregation at Philippi than any other, appreciating their selflessness, generosity, and sacrifice.
Paul both appealed for unity among the Philippians and offered encouragement, reminding them that their relationship with one another was through Christ.
Working out our salvation does not mean working for salvation, but instead making what we believe operational. God gives us the power both to will and to do.
Paul warns the Philippians that nothing blemishes their witness more than complaining, because like the Israelites, they were calling God into account.
Jesus Christ, through His voluntary humility, has given us a model of the mindset that we need to have in order to attain membership in the family of God.
John Ritenbaugh reiterates that as the residents of Philippi (an outpost in a foreign land) had never seen or been to Rome, their status as citizens of Rome compelled them to maintain the culture and traditions of Rome. Likewise, not one of us who claim citizenship in Heaven has ever been there, but like an ambassador in a …
Richard Ritenbaugh, drawing from the abundant sheep metaphors extant throughout the Bible, focuses specifically upon the sheepdog analogy—a metaphor pertaining, in its broadest sense, to anyone who engages in God's work or harvest, but more specifically to an ordained minister or elder, actively engaged fulltime in the …