- Introduction (1:1-11)
- Paul’s Circumstances: Results of His Imprisonment (1:12-26)
- Exhortation to Walk Worthy of the Gospel in Spite of Opposition (1:27-30)
Salutation: Paul and Timothy to the Saints in Philippi (vv.1-2)
Thanksgiving: Their Connection with Paul (vv.3-8)
The "day of Christ" (1 Cor. 1:8; Phil. 1:10; Phil. 2:16) or the "day of Jesus Christ" (Phil. 1:6) has to do with the display of Christ's glory from the heavens. The Lord's expression “My day” (John 8:56) refers to the appearing and manifestation of Christ in glory to the world, the time when the promises given to Abraham will be made good in Christ. It is the day when the completed work of God in each believer (Phil. 1:6), and the rewards given at the judgment seat of Christ will be displayed to the world!
Prayer: That Their Love Would Result in Growth (vv.9-11)
Paul’s Circumstances: Results of His Imprisonment (1:12-26)
Exhortation to Walk Worthy of the Gospel in Spite of Opposition (1:27-30)
- Kelly, William. The Epistle of Paul to the Philippians.
- Darby, J.N. Letters of J. N. Darby: Volume 2, number 198
- How different from the cold avoidance of positive sin with which many Christians content themselves! The earnest desire of every excellence and likeness to Christ which divine light can show them is that which marks the life of Christ in us. – Darby, J.N. Synopsis of the Books of the Bible.
- The fruit of righteousness is the expression of the life of Christ, not merely the natural consequences of the life but its manifestation. – Darby, J.N. The Epistle to the Philippians.
- Here, speaking of his own daily practice, he shows he had but one aim, motive, object, and business — Christ. – Kelly, William. Exposition of Philippians.
- When the apostle speaks of the gospel or the vocation, as in chapter 1:27, he means the whole thing (Christianity). – Darby, J.N. On the Philippians.