Fellow partners in the work of the gospel are gifts. When we remember gospel-gifts, we praise (i.e. thank) the Giver.
Published April 13th, 2017; Updated April 20th, 2017
Main point summary
Paul joyfully gives thanks to his God for Philippian partners in advancing the gospel. Paul has a disposition to thank God for the gift he has in other gospel minded believers.
Εὐχαριστῶ τῷ θεῷ μου ἐπὶ πάσῃ τῇ μνείᾳ ὑμῶν ( subjective or objective gen? Carson opts for Subjective, while most others, like Hansen/Fee, opt for objective; It seems the objective gen is most plausible )
e I thank my God f in all my remembrance of you,
πάντοτε ἐν πάσῃ δεήσει μου ὑπὲρ πάντων ὑμῶν,
always, in every prayer of mine for you all,
μετὰ χαρᾶς τὴν δέησιν ποιούμενος,
making my prayer with joy ,
ἐπὶ τῇ κοινωνίᾳ ὑμῶν εἰς τὸ εὐαγγέλιον
g because [ on the basis ] of your partnership [ fellowship ] in the gospel
ἀπὸ τῆς πρώτης ἡμέρας ἄχρι τοῦ νῦν,
from the first day until now [ persistent partners ].
It seems that there are two possible translations: 1. "I thank my God every time I remember you, yes, always in my every prayer for all of you. I pray with joy because of your participation…” (this seems to be universally accepted). 2. "I thank my God because of your every remembrance of me. Always in my every prayer for all of you I pray with joy. [I am grateful] for your participation…” (this makes good sense and doesn't do any damage to the overall meaning of the text) Hansen, however, makes a strong argument from Paul's use of ( μνείᾳ ) in other places (six times in the NT, all in Paul) to note his consistent pattern of referring to his own remembrance of someone as the pronoun is "clearly the object..." (Hansen, 46).
Paul's Joyful Praise Philippian Partners Partnership: What and Why What: Define partnership Why?: "In the gospel" When: Since the beginning and up until the present Partnership in Philippians Prayer (ch. 1) People (e.g. Epaphroditus) Resources (4:15) Partnership for Northfield and the Nations Paul's Disposition of Praise Praising the Giver for Gospel Gifts No Gifts Apart from Easter
Paul's Disposition of Praise
Paul's Joyful Praise for Philippian Partners