A Devotional Journey
led by Dr. Gene Pearson
Thru the Bible in a Year
The Philippians were a special group in Paul’s life.
Not only did they help with his financial support, but they had been his first converts as he entered Europe (in northern Greece) from Asia Minor (part of modern day Turkey).
The Philippians were part of a Roman colony built to house veterans of the Roman army.
It was a center of Roman customs and practices, and the Christians there had suffered at points because of their faith. None the less, Paul insists, they must rejoice in God’s love and the salvation they have received through the love and mercy of God made clear in Jesus Christ.
After reporting on his own circumstances, Paul encourages the Philippians to stand firm
in their own encounters with opposition and persecution. His famous statements: for me to live is Christ; to die is gain
, and I can do all things, through Christ who strengthens me
, come out of this context.
The picture Paul gives of Christ’s self-sacrifice and obedience on our behalf
in chapter 2 is particularly important, being considered the classic expression of Christ’s relationship to God and the most beautifully worded in all of Paul’s writing. The pattern in Christ’s life or humility
is one which we would do well to emulate.
As you consider your own life, what would you say is the key characteristic?
Whatever comes to mind, compare it with the qualities above and ask God to help you grow more like Christ in your relationships, it your outlook and in your devotion to Him.
© A. Eugene Pearson