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Philippians – The letter of joy in Christ

February 6, 2015

Ephesians is more universal.

Philippians is more personal.
Favorite verses from Philippians 

  • For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. (1:21)
  • Let the mind of Christ be in you. (2:5)
  • Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice. (4:4)
  • The peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. (4:7)
  • I can do everything through him who gives me strength. (4:13)
  • And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. (4:19)

Joy in Christ

“Joy is the flag that flies over the castle when the king is in residence.”

At least ten times in these four chapters Paul refers to “joy” – and remember this is a man in prison whose time is running out.

The joy is not in circumstances but in Christ: Paul was “a man in Christ.”

  • The serving of Chris is his identity (1:1)
  • The exalting of Christ is his life (1:20,21)
  • The desire to be with Christ is his greatest longing (1:23)
  • The attitude of Christ is his rule of life (2:5)
  • The knowledge of Christ is worth more than everything (3:8)
  • The coming of Christ is what he waits for (3:21)
  • The goal of Christ (the heavenward call) presses him on. (3:15)
  • The peace of God guards his heart in Christ (4:7)
  • The grace of Christ is his final greeting (4:25)
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