Philippians: Pressing Onward in the Gospel
Through Paul’s letter to the church in Philippi, we will be encouraged to joyously make progress in living out our heavenly identity. Central to our progress, is the necessity to joyously stand firm in Christ and be united in love and purpose amidst opposition, trials and apathy. The letter is profoundly Christ-centered in that the imperative to joyously stand firm and be united is consistently build upon the indicative of the gospel. Finally, we should keep in mind that thanksgiving permeates the whole of the letter. It’s important to keep this theme in mind because it reminds us that this is primarily an admonishment to keep doing the good we are already doing more and more.
We close Philippians with a topic that’s permeated the letter: Rejoicing. While ample reasons to do so have already been given, how can we rejoice when in both need and abundance? This passage directs us to God’s provision in Christ as the answer.
The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment, Jeremiah Burroughs
The people we imitate determine the direction of our lives. In this passage, Paul urges the Philippians to carefully imitate the lifestyle of those who press on toward Christ and the resurrection.
NIGTC by Peter O’Brien
Paul calls the Philippians to walk the path of rejoicing in the Lord by counting their gain as loss so that they can gain the infinitely valuable Christ.
NIGC by Peter O’brien
Sometimes we learn best when we have concrete examples. Throughout Philippians, Paul has been exhorting the Philippians to adopt Christ’s attitude toward one another. In Philippians 2:19-30, Paul provides Timothy and Epaphroditus as concrete examples of what it looks like to adopt the very attitude of Christ.
NIGC by Peter O’brien
Christians are to adopt the humility of Jesus toward one another so that at the proper time God may exalt us.
NIGC, Philippians, by Peter O’brien
Let your union with Christ unite you with one another by forgetting yourself, remembering others and treasuring Jesus.
Philippians 2:1-4 https://www.esv.org/Philippians+2/
New International Greek Commentary by Peter O’brien
The Philippians were in many ways a normal group of people; they’d experienced great joys but also faced the harder realities of life. The book of Philippians is God’s word of grace and peace to these people, people who live in a world that’s not the way it’s supposed to be. Ultimately, it’s God’s words of grace and peace to us.
The Message of Philippians: Jesus Our Joy, Alec Motyer