Paul always thanks God for the Philippians because they stood by him from the very
beginning—in prison and in his fight for the Gospel, thus, he loves them and longs to see them
again. He’s also confident that God will complete His good work in them, so he prays that God
will give them a deeper understanding of love so that they will be sincere and without offense
as they bear Christ’s fruits of righteousness. He also wants them to know that God has used
every terrible thing that’s happened to him to advance the Gospel: it has reached many and
many are now preaching Christ. And even though some do it from envy and strife, Paul
rejoices because Christ is being preached. Paul is also confident that he will not suffer shame
but will magnify Christ whether he lives or dies because for Paul to live is Christ, and to die is
gain. However, he knows that God will deliver him so he can continue advancing the
Philippians’ faith in the Lord. Meanwhile, Paul wants their lives to reflect the Gospel, for them
to work together without fear of their enemies because God has not only given them the
privilege of believing in Christ but also of suffering for Him, just as Paul is now suffering.

Category Philippians
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