Christ Our Strength: Joy in Relying on Christ in the Path
- Exhortation to Stand Fast (4:1)
- Things Required to Stand Fast (4:2-9)
- A Word of Thanks: Paul’s Contentment, The Philippians’ Gift (4:10-20)
- Final Greetings and Closing (4:21-23)
Exhortation to Stand Fast (4:1)
1 So that, my brethren, beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, thus stand fast in the Lord, beloved.
Things Required to Stand Fast (4:2-9)
Being of One Mind (Concerning Disputes) (v.2)
2 I exhort Euodia, and exhort Syntyche, to be of the same mind in the Lord;
Laboring in the Gospel (Addressed to Epaphroditus) (v.3)
3 yea, I ask thee also, true yokefellow, assist them, who have contended along with me in the glad tidings, with Clement also, and my other fellow-labourers, whose names are in the book of life.
Rejoicing in the Lord (v.4)
4 Rejoice in the Lord always: again I will say, Rejoice.
5 Let your gentleness be known of all men. The Lord is near.
Anxiety, Prayer, and the Peace of God (vv.6-7)
6 Be careful about nothing; but in everything, by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses every understanding, shall guard your hearts and your thoughts by Christ Jesus.
How to Think and Live: The Divine Sieve (v.8)
8 For the rest, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are noble, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are amiable, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue and if any praise, think on these things.
Paul’s Life as a Pattern for Christian Living (v.9)
9 What ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, these things do; and the God of peace shall be with you.
A Word of Thanks: Paul’s Contentment, The Philippians’ Gift (4:10-20)
10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now however at length ye have revived your thinking of me, though surely ye did also think of me, but lacked opportunity. 11 Not that I speak as regards privation, for as to me “I” have learnt in those circumstances in which I am, to be satisfied in myself. 12 I know both how to be abased and I know how to abound. In everything and in all things I am initiated both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer privation. 13 I have strength for all things in him that gives me power. 14 But ye have done well in taking part in my affliction. 15 And know also “ye”, O Philippians, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I came out of Macedonia, no assembly communicated anything to me in the way of giving and receiving save “ye” alone; 16 for also in Thessalonica once and even twice ye sent to me for my need. 17 Not that I seek gift, but I seek fruit abounding to your account. 18 But I have all things in full supply and abound; I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things sent from you, an odour of sweet savour, an acceptable sacrifice, agreeable to God. 19 But my God shall abundantly supply all your need according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. 20 But to our God and Father be glory to the ages of ages. Amen.
Final Greetings and Closing (4:21-23)
21 Salute every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren who are with me salute you. 22 All the saints salute you, and specially those of the household of Caesar. 23 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.