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Paul says it was good of you to help me when I was having such a hard time (v. 14). He continues by saying that my friends at Philippi remember what it was like when I started preaching the good news in Macedonia (v. 15). After I left there, they were the only church that became my partner by giving blessings and by receiving them in return. Even when I was in Thessalonica, they helped me more than once (v. 16). I am not trying to get something from them, but I want them to receive the blessings that come from giving (17).
Paul declares the he has paid back everything with interest. He states that he is completely satisfied with the gifts that Epaphroditus brought him (v. 18). They are like a sweet-smelling offering or like the right kind of sacrifice that pleases God. He prays that God will take care of all their needs with the wonderful blessings that come from Christ Jesus (v. 19)! He then asks God the Father to be praised forever and ever (v. 20).
Paul then gives his final greetings to all who are God’s people because of Christ Jesus (v. 21). He says, “the Lord’s followers here with me send you their greetings, especially those in the service of the Emperor” (v. 22). He then prays that our Lord Jesus Christ will be kind to you and will bless your life (v. 23)!
When I am going through a hard situation it is easy for me to think that I am all alone and no one understands what I am going through. There may or may not be friends who understand my situation but I can always be sure that the Lord is always there for me. My concern needs to be for the needs of others and not dwelling on myself.
Yet it was kind of you to share my trouble. And you Philippians yourselves know that in the beginning of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church entered into partnership with me in giving and receiving, except you only. Even in Thessalonica you sent me help for my needs once and again. Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit. I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God. And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen. Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brothers who are with me greet you. All the saints greet you, especially those of Caesar's household. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.
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Philippians 1:1-2Paul’s Greeting to The Philippian Church
Philippians 1:3-07Paul’s Prayer For The Church in Philippi
Philippians 1:15-21Christ is Preached
Philippians 1:22-30The Christian Life is a Battleground
Philippians 2:1-08Unity Through Humility
Philippians 2:09-16Experiencing The Joy of The Submissive Mind
Philippians 2:17-23The Joyful Life is The Life of Sacrifice And Service
Philippians 2:24-30Paul Held Great Esteem For Epaphroditus
Philippians 3:1-6Losing Religion to Find Salvation
Philippians 3:7-14Running to Win
Philippians 3:15-21Our Citizenship is in Heaven
Philippians 4:1-7The Secret of Victory Over Worry
Philippians 4:08-13The Secret of Contentment
Philippians 4:14-23All Your Needs Will be Provided