The Books of the New Testament
The Book of Philippians
Brief Summary. Paul had been imprisoned at
Rome sends the church at Philippi a love letter of thanks, commending them for
their liberal giving. His attitude shows all Christians to rejoice in every
situation even suffering, for Jesus Christ is our example and our prize.
Philippesious, To the Philippians
Author: Paul (Saul)
Christians in Philippi
General Theme: Joy
Epistle. Paul speaks of his imprisonment, his love for the Philippians. He
exhorts them to godliness and warns them of legalism.
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Philippians. "PHILIPPI was a chief city of the western part of Macedonia,
prote tes meridos tes Makedonias polis, Acts 16:12. It took its name from
Philip, the famous king of Macedon, who repaired and beautified it, and it was
afterwards made a Roman colony. Near this place were the Campi Philippici,
remarkable for the famous battles between Julius Cæsar and Pompey the Great, and
that between Augustus and Antony on one side and Cassius and Brutus on the
other. But it is most remarkable among Christians for this epistle, which was
written when Paul was a prisoner at Rome, A.D. 62. Paul seems to have had a very
particular kindness for the church at Philippi, which he himself had been
instrumental in planting; and, though he had the care of all the churches, he
had, upon that account, a particular fatherly tender care of this. To those to
whom God has employed us to do any good we should look upon ourselves both as
encouraged and engaged to study to do more good. He looked upon them as his
children, and, having begotten them by the gospel, he was desirous by the same
gospel to nourish and nurse them up. I. He was called in an extraordinary manner
to preach the gospel at Philippi, Acts 16:9. A vision appeared to Paul in the
night: There stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come over into
Macedonia, and help us. He saw God going before him, and was encouraged to use
all means for carrying on the good work which was begun among them, and building
upon the foundation which was laid. II. At Philippi he suffered hard things; he
was scourged, and put into the stocks (Acts 16:23,24); yet he had not the less
kindness for the place for the hard usage he met with there. We must never love
our friends the less for the ill treatment which our enemies give us. III. The
beginnings of that church were very small; Lydia was converted there, and the
jailer, and a few more: yet that did not discourage him. If good be not done at
first, it may be done afterwards, and the last works may be more abundant. We
must not be discouraged by small beginnings. IV. It seems, by many passages in
this epistle, that this church at Philippi grew into a flourishing church, and
particularly that the brethren were very kind to Paul. He had reaped of their
temporal things, and he made a return in spiritual things. He acknowledges the
receipt of a present they had sent him (Philippians 4:18), and this when no
other church communicated with him as concerning giving and receiving
(Philippians 4:15); and he gives them a prophet's, an apostle's reward, in this
epistle, which is of more value than thousands of gold and silver." - Matthew Henry (Read
Outline of the Book of Philippians (Scriptures and Topics Covered)
Jesus Christ is Our Life - Chapter 1
Jesus Christ is Our Example - Chapters 2
Jesus Christ is Our Prize - Chapter 3
Jesus Christ is Our Peace - Chapter 4
Questions for further study.
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When did the Philippians receive Christ?
Who led the people in Philippians to Christ?
Who was the author of the book of Philippians?
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How does the Philippians give testimony to the deity of Jesus?
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