A Picture Of The Church
Today we get a picture of a church. A church who lives out the Gospel. A church who the Gospel has changed through and through. Paul shows us the effect of the Gospel in transforming the Philippian church from who they were into who they are becoming.
Yet it was kind of you to share my trouble. The Philippians shared in Paul’s trouble. We have previously of how the Philippian church had sent Epaphroditus to Paul while he was jailed in Rome.
And you Philippians yourselves know that in the beginning of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church entered into partnership with me in giving and receiving, except you only. The Philippians, even though their help for Paul had laid dormant, had long been supporters of him. They were among his best supporters. No church had given and received, like this church.
Even in Thessalonica you sent me help for my needs once and again. Philippi had helped Paul over and over previously and now they were doing so again.
Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit. I have received full payment, and more. Paul’s concern was not that the Philippians would give to him. Paul had said previously that he was content in any circumstance. His concern was the growth of the Philippians in Christ. Knowing that the Gospel had taken hold of their lives was his reward.
I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God. The gifts that the Philippians gave were more than gifts to Paul. They were also gifts to the Lord, good gifts that pleased Him.
And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. The result? God supplied all of Paul’s needs and they would supply the Philippians’ needs as well. These needs are supplied according to His riches. These are an endless supply of riches according to Christ’s glory.
To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen. All of this glorifies God, which is Paul’s main concern in life, above all.
Life the Philippians, our main concern should be for the Gospel to change our lives so dramatically that it is lived out in all aspects of our lives. God has given us so much through His Son, Jesus Christ, that we should be a giving people in response.