Paul's Gratitude

Geoffrey Cox

READ : Philippians 4:10-20 I can do everything through him who gives me strength. (v. 13 NIV) Several times now Paul has offered himself as someone to copy. These last verses tell us a little more about both writer and readers. The Philippians really did care about Paul. They showed a very practical concern for his well-being. It becomes clear here that Paul’s support throughout his ministry had come, again and again, from the Christians in Philippi. I wonder if …

What to Think

Geoffrey Cox

READ : Philippians 4:8-9 Think about such things. (v. 8 NIV) “You are what you eat,” says the nutritionist. What we take in as food will control how our body develops. “You are what you think,” says the Bible. What we think about will direct how our minds and spirits work. Paul gives a positive and practical list of subjects to think about. Spend some time pondering each, since each is under attack or even rejected in our modern society. …

Paul's Strong Requests

Geoffrey Cox

READ : Philippians 4:2-7 I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche. (v. 2 NIV) Paul does a lot of asking in his letter to the Philippians. Sometimes he asks God to do things for the Philippians. Sometimes he asks the Philippians to do things for God. And sometimes he asks them to do things for themselves. First, by name and directly, Paul asks these two women to make up their quarrel. Quarrels damage relationships and hurt the church. …

Paul's Citizenship

Geoffrey Cox

READ : Philippians 3:15-4:1 Our citizenship is in heaven. (v. 20 NIV) Where is home for you? Are you happy there? Do you aspire to someplace better? For Christians the ultimate answer to the question, “Where is your home?” is “heaven.” Philippi was founded as a retirement colony for Roman soldiers. The Philippians were justly proud of their Roman citizenship. For that matter, Paul too could appreciate the value of his own Roman citizenship. It came in handy more than …

Paul's Driving Ambition

Geoffrey Cox

READ : Philippians 3:7-14 I want to know Christ. (v. 10 NIV) What do you most want in life? Paul had one driving ambition. One, and because it was so important and because he so passionately wanted to share it, he takes seven verses to express it. Long and complex this passage may be, but it is so important that it deserves to be learned by heart. A phrase in verse 7, “for the sake of Christ,” dominates the passage. …

Paul's Confidence

Geoffrey Cox

READ : Philippians 3:1-6 . . . who glory in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh. (v. 3 NIV) Big buildings need solid foundations. Life that is eternal needs a foundation that is eternal, and that is exactly what Paul has – and what he wants for every Christian. A foundation gives assurance, a basis for confidence. The basis for most peoples’ confidence in life is “the flesh,” as Paul puts it here. People are proud …