PAUL WRITING FROM PRISON IN ROME. A.D. 61
Here is the PDF: Philippians 1.1-5
Paul’s heart for the Philippian people is a wonderful example of a heart transformed through the Gospel of Christ by the grace of God. Paul’s salutation is very humble – he calls Timothy and himself slaves of Christ instead of apostles of Christ. The Greek understanding of the word slave was a bond slave: one whose will is consumed by the will of his master. Are we slaves of Christ? May we humble ourselves to be His bond slave.
True apostles preach Christ, make disciples, and train believers to live the crucified life. The emphasis of their ministry is not miracles, signs, and wonders but on the Gospel of Christ. Though Christ performed miracles through the hands of his men, the emphasis of their ministries to the world were not on signs and wonders. Their emphasis was on the Lordship of Jesus Christ. A true apostle will preach the true Gospel of Christ everywhere he goes. Most of today’s modern apostles do not preach the Gospel everywhere they go, nor are they strictly dedicated to it. Most have hobbies, mansions, and wealth that detract them from the priority of living and preaching the Gospel – that which no true apostle of the New Testament possessed nor concerned themselves with.
Paul writes from his prison house in Rome. The emphasis is his letter is on the joy of the Gospel of Christ and his gratitude to the Philippian fellowship. He wrote this letter while in chains; may we learn from this most blessed letter of Scripture authored by none other than the Holy Spirit, Himself.
God bless you.