II. Not of debt, but of grace for the more we do for God the more we are indebted to him, because we receive the more from him. We must not think the worse of him or of his ways for the hardships we meet with in his service. The apostle concludes the epistle in these verses. (Phl 4:10-14) Paul’s perspective on the gift from the Philippians. He does as it were draw a bill upon the exchequer in heaven, and leaves it to God to make them amends for the kindness they had shown him. He loved them and rejoiced in them. If we meet the image of Christ in one another, this attitude will come naturally. Some think Epaphroditus, who is supposed to have been one of the pastors of the church of the Philippians. He makes this mention of their former kindness, not only out of gratitude, but for their encouragement. IV. They were his joy he had no greater joy than to hear of their spiritual health and prosperity. You supplied my needs, according to your poverty and he shall supply yours, according to his riches." 19  But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. It seems, there were women who laboured with Paul in the gospel not in the public ministry (for the apostle expressly forbids that, 1 Timothy 2:12, I suffer not a woman to teach), but by entertaining the ministers, visiting the sick, instructing the ignorant, convincing the erroneous. "So stand fast, so as you have done hitherto, stand fast unto the end, so as you are by beloved, and my joy and crown so stand fast as those in whose welfare and perseverance I am so nearly interested and concerned.". He takes care to obviate the bad use some might make of his taking so much notice of what was sent him. Matthew Henry Bible Commentary (complete), Matthew Henry’s Bible Commentary (concise), California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. 4  Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. Observe here. Never was proud ambitious man more pleased with the ensigns of honour than Paul was with the evidences of the sincerity of their faith and obedience. God is to be considered by us as our Father: Now unto God and our Father. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Surely never was present so well repaid. Observe, It is our duty and privilege to rejoice in God, and to rejoice in him always at all times, in all conditions even when we suffer for him, or are afflicted by him. The free favour and good will of Christ be your portion and happiness.". 22  All the saints salute you, chiefly they that are of Caesar's household. We need his strength to teach us to be content in every condition. He had said it before (Philippians 3:1): Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. It has not entered into the heart of ham, 1 Corinthians 2:9. As a sovereign antidote against perplexing care he recommends to us constant prayer: In every thing by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. But how must we learn it? 15  Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only. The KJV translates "renewed" with "flourished." 17  Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account. Practically speaking, Philippians 4:6 gives us a model for the kind of prayer we need to pray when we are anxious or worried. Exhortations to several Christian duties, as stedfastness, unanimity, joy, &c., Philippians 4:1-9.The apostle's grateful acknowledgments of the Philippians' kindness to him, with expressions of his own content, and desire of their good, Philippians 4:10-19.He concludes the epistle with praise, salutations, and blessing, Philippians 4:20-23. moderation--from a Greek root, "to yield," whence yieldingness [TRENCH]; or from a root, "it is fitting," … To stand fast in the Lord, is to stand fast in his strength, and by his grace. "He shall do it, not only as your God, but as my God, who takes what is done to me as done to himself. Some understand it of the patient bearing of afflictions, or the sober enjoyment of worldly good and so it well agrees with the Philippians 4:6. 2. It is inferred from the close of the foregoing chapter: Therefore stand fast, &c. Seeing our conversation is in heaven, and we look for the Saviour to come thence and fetch us thither, therefore let us stand fast. He concludes the epistle with praise, salutations, and blessing, Philippians 4:20-23. Warm affections become ministers and Christians towards one another. Observe, 1. Then he exhorts to mutual assistance (Philippians 4:3), and this exhortation he directs to particular persons: I entreat thee also, true yoke-fellow. In this case Epaphroditus' trip was the ideal opportunity to put the plan of the Philippians into practice. With praises to God: Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever, Amen, Philippians 4:20. He excuses their neglect of late. Exhortations to several Christian duties, as stedfastness, unanimity, joy, &c., Philippians 4:1-9. As to the former, he was content with the little he had, and that satisfied him as to the latter, he depended upon the providence of God to provide for him from day to day, and that satisfied him: so that he did not speak in respect of want any way. Not a sacrifice of atonement, for none makes atonement for sin but Christ but a sacrifice of acknowledgment, and well-pleasing to God. There is a care of diligence which is our duty, and consists in a wise forecast and due concern but there is a care of diffidence and distrust which is our sin and folly, and which only perplexes and distracts the mind. All our joy must terminate in God and our thoughts of God must be delightful thoughts. (2.) 22 All the saints salute you, chiefly they that are of Cæ sar's household. Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee, Isaiah 26:3. There is enough in God to furnish us with matter of joy in the worst circumstance on earth. 1706. Chapter 4. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 2 I implore Euodia and I implore Syntyche () to be of the same mind in the Lord. 15 Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only. When any thing burdens our spirits, we must ease our minds by prayer when our affairs are perplexed or distressed, we must seek direction and support. Amen. Philippians 4:6 Commentaries: Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 16:3,4 etc.) Go to, To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use our convenient, Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary on the Bible, Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged, Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible, Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures. VI. The apostle's grateful acknowledgments of the Philippians' kindness to him, with expressions of his own content, and desire of their good, Philippians 4:10-19. 1. We learn to recognize in one another those characteristics that point toward Christ, instead of getting stuck on people's negative side. Grateful acknowledgments of what we have argue a right disposition of mind, and are prevailing motives for further blessings. And our praise must be constant and perpetual it must be glory for ever and ever.

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