Philippians Chapter 1


The Apostle Paul sat in jail. He had been arrested for his testimony about Jesus and the power of His Gospel; yep, there he was, chained up in jail alone, miserable, unhappy and afraid… or so we might have thought.  I wonder, what would I do if that were me – chained up in an ancient prison cell?

Yet it wasn’t me, it was Paul, the Apostle to the Gentiles.  Let’s see what he was doing in this miserable circumstance.

Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus,

To all God’s holy people in Christ Jesus at Philippi, together with the overseers and ministers in our church.[

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

In his letter to the Philippians Paul introduces himself and Timothy as “servants of Christ Jesus.” That this was a truly fitting title is correct, but we will learn in this lesson why it was not one of Paul’s more common ways of designating himself in a greeting. We will also see why he uncharacteristically includes Timothy with himself under the title “servants of Christ Jesus.” Further, most people run right past the greetings in the New Testament letters and it is our hope that after this study that you will see how integral they are to the content of the rest of the letter; they introduce themes that are developed later and, therefore, we ought to thoroughly reflect upon them.

Paul also mentions Timothy in the address of this letter. Timothy had ministered with Paul in Macedonia and helped establish the churches there. Timothy stuck with Paul through his rocky relationship with the Corinthians and in the mind of the apostle was a good representative of the latter’s way of life and teaching. During a difficult period, Paul sent him to work with the Corinthians, referring to him as his son whom he loved (1 Cor 4:17).

For this reason I have sent to you Timothy, my son whom I love, who is faithful in the Lord. He will remind you of my way of life in Christ Jesus, which agrees with what I teach everywhere in every church.

Indeed, he was side by side with Paul in the ministry at Corinth and also in the ministry at Philippi. It is fairly rare in life that one can find such a good friend and trusted confidant, but Paul had it in Timothy

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