Resources from Philippians

Prayer Perfumed with Praise

According to the text, we are both by prayer and supplication to make known our requests unto God. If any distinction be intended here, I suppose that by prayer is meant the general act of devotion and the mention of our usual needs; and by supplication I think would be intended our distinct entreaties and special petitions. We are to offer the general prayer common to all the saints, and...

Philippians 4:6

The Watchword for To-day: "Stand Fast"

Apr 17 EVERY doctrine of the Word of God has its practical bearing. As each tree beareth seed after its kind, so doth every truth of God bring forth practical virtues. Hence you find the apostle Paul very full of therefores— his therefores being the conclusions drawn from certain statements of divine truth. I marvel that our excellent translators should have divided the argument from the conclusion by making a new chapter...

Philippians 3:20-4:1

Filling the Empty Vessels

Sep 17 VERY beautiful, to my mind, is the sight of “Paul the aged” immured in his prison at Rome, likely by-and-by to be put to death, but calm, quiet, peaceful, and joyful. Just now he is so happy that a gleam of sunlight seems to light up his cell, and his face shines like that of an angel. He is exceedingly delighted because he has been, in his deep poverty, kindly...

Philippians 4:19

The Peace of God

Jan 6 “PEACE” is a heavenly word. When at the advent of our Lord angels came to sing among men a midnight sonnet their second note was “Peace on earth.” Would God the shining ones would chant that song again till yonder Balkans heard the strain, and shook off the sulphurous cloud which now hangs around them. Those who have ever seen war, or even come near the trail of its bloody...

Philippians 4:7

A Business-Like Account

Jun 3 OUR Saviour’s advice to those who wished to be his disciples was “Count the cost.” He did not wish to entice any man to enlist in his army by keeping him in ignorance as to the requirements of his service. Again and again he tested professed converts himself, and he frequently exhorted men to try themselves, lest they should begin a profession and be unable to maintain it. True religion...

Philippians 3:7-9

The Minister's Plea

Nov 1 THE apostle was in prison, in great jeopardy of his life: he was much troubled by many who had begun to preach Jesus Christ, but did not preach him in a proper spirit: he was also often depressed by that which came daily upon him, the care of all the churches: yet, while he looked in the face the evils which surrounded him, he was able to see beyond them,...

Philippians 1:19

For Ever with the Lord

Oct 11 THE apostle was confined in the guard-room of the Praetorium. It is very probable that he had a soldier chained to his right hand, and another to his left, and it is very possible that this position suggested to him the expression, “I am in a strait betwixt two.” He was literally held by two forces, and he was mentally in the same condition, exercised with two strong desires, influenced...

Philippians 1:23

Onward!

May 25 So far as his acceptance with God is concerned a Christian is complete in Christ as soon as he believes. Those who have trusted themselves in the hands of the Lord Jesus are saved: and they may enjoy holy confidence upon the matter, for they have a divine warrant for so doing. “There is therefore now no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus.” To this salvation the apostle...

Philippians 3:13, 14

Your Own Salvation

Jul 30      We select the words, "your own salvation," as our text this morning, not out of any singularity, or from the slightest wish that the brevity of the text should surprise you; but because our subject will be the more clearly before you if only these three words are announced. If I had nominally taken the whole verse I could not have attempted to expound it without distracting your...

Philippians 2:12