I’m reading through the Bible in a year, and every month I (try to) post about what I’ve read. Other posts this month are on 1 Kings, Ezekiel, Daniel, Ephesians, Colossians, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians and 1 Timothy.
Philippians contains a number of well-loved verses (1:6, 4:7-8, 4:13) and also some troubling ones which I won’t presume to solve in this post 🙂
Paul’s focus is firmly on the gospel, mentioned six times in 30 verses. Paul is thankful for the Philippians’ partnership with him in the gospel (1:5). He defends and confirms the gospel (1:7, 16). His imprisonment has served to advance the gospel (1:12). He urges his readers to live lives worthy of the gospel (1:27).
In verses 9-11:
- he prays that their love would abound. Love for what or for whom? For God and for others fulfilling the two greatest commandments is the most reasonable answer.
- he prays that their love would abound in knowledge and depth of insight. Insight into what? God’s ways and how to live in their light.
- why does he pray? To the glory and praise of God (1:11). Continue reading