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Knowing Jesus means knowing the power of his resurrection and knowing the fellowship of his sufferings.
Philippians 3:10
A model for prayer
Ephesians 3:14-19
Remember the predictions of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ
Jude 17-21
Those who conquer will eat of the tree of life.
Revelation 2:1-7
Pray and Walk to make known the mystery of Christ
Colossians 4:2-6
Rejoice always, be gentle with everyone, pray your anxieties, and practice what you have learned.
Philippians 4:4-9
Build yourselves up in the holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit
Jude 17-21
Stand firm with the mind of Christ
Philippians 4:1–3
God has not completed your salvation, so press on.
Philippians 3:12-21
Only God is strong enough to create contentment in all circumstances.
Philippians 4:10-23
Don't put confidence in the flesh. Instead, boast in Jesus by considering everything as rubbish compared to Jesus.
Philippians 3:1-11
Timothy seeks the interests of others because he is a faithful servant of Christ for the sake of the gospel.
Philippians 2:20
Those who do all things without grumbling or disputing will shine and rejoice.
Philippians 2:12-18
Seek to have the mindset of Christ in order to work out your salvation.
Philippians 2:1-13
Behave as citizens worthy of the gospel of Christ.
Philippians 1:12-30
Deep assurance that God will save leads to deep prayer for God to save.
I am confident that God will save, so I pray that he will.
Sin will lead to being salted with fire but salt will lead to peace
Mark 9:42-50
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Epaphroditus's selflessness is worthy of honor
Philippians 2:25-30
You will gain honor by sacrificing yourself for the work of Christ.
Published December 18th, 2016
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Paul sends Epaphroditus for their joy. So they should receive him as a joyous gift and recognize that he deserves honor for his mindset of humility that almost cost him his life for the sake of the work of Christ.
Philippians 2:25-30
Ἀναγκαῖον δὲ ἡγησάμην Ἐπαφρόδιτον τὸν ἀδελφὸν καὶ συνεργὸν καὶ συστρατιώτην μου,
I have thought it necessary to send to you d Epaphroditus my brother and fellow worker and e fellow soldier,
ὑμῶν δὲ ἀπόστολον καὶ λειτουργὸν τῆς χρείας μου, πέμψαι πρὸς ὑμᾶς,
and your messenger and f minister to my need,
ἐπειδὴ ἐπιποθῶν ἦν πάντας ὑμᾶς
for he has been longing for you all
καὶ ἀδημονῶν,
and has been distressed
διότι ἠκούσατε ὅτι ἠσθένησεν.
because you heard that he was ill.
καὶ γὰρ ἠσθένησεν παραπλήσιον θανάτῳ•
Indeed he was ill, near to death.
ἀλλʼ ὁ θεὸς ἠλέησεν αὐτόν,
But God had mercy on him,
οὐκ αὐτὸν δὲ μόνον
and not only on him
ἀλλὰ καὶ ἐμέ,
but on me also,
ἵνα μὴ λύπην ἐπὶ λύπην σχῶ.
lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow.
σπουδαιοτέρως οὖν ἔπεμψα αὐτόν,
I am the more eager to send him,
ἵνα ἰδόντες αὐτὸν πάλιν χαρῆτε κἀγὼ ἀλυπότερος ὦ.
therefore, that you may rejoice at seeing him again, and that I may be less anxious.
προσδέχεσθε οὖν αὐτὸν ἐν κυρίῳ μετὰ πάσης χαρᾶς
So g receive him in the Lord with all joy,
καὶ τοὺς τοιούτους ἐντίμους ἔχετε,
and h honor such men,
ὅτι διὰ τὸ ἔργον Χριστοῦ μέχρι θανάτου ἤγγισεν παραβολευσάμενος τῇ ψυχῇ,
for he nearly died i for the work of Christ, risking his life
ἵνα ἀναπληρώσῃ τὸ ὑμῶν ὑστέρημα τῆς πρός με λειτουργίας.
j to complete what was lacking in your service to me.
Paul sets forth Epaphroditus (along with Timothy) as a man who has the mindset of Jesus that Paul talked about earlier in chapter 2. Epaphroditus sacrifices himself for the Philippians and the work of Christ. He nearly dies but the Philippian church appears to be his main concern. In other words, having the mindset of Jesus (Philippians 2:5-11) looks like Epaphroditus.
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