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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Philippians Chapter 4 

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Paul
Date Penned: (61 AD)
Overview: Paul Proclaims Truth to Strengthen the Body (c 1-4)
Theme: Joy Comes from Jesus Christ Alone (c 1-4)
Message: Joy in Giving (v 1-23)

Philippians 4 Commentary

(4:1-9) In 4:1, Paul had urged the Philippian believers to “stay true to the Lord.” In order to stay true against false teaching, divisiveness, and persecution, the believers needed to develop certain attitudes in their lives.

(4:10-20) Paul's Thanks for their Gifts - Although Paul had already thanked the Philippians for their partnership with him in spreading the gospel (1:5), in this section he specifically thanked them for their monetary gift. Paul never asked any of the churches to support him, yet the believers in Philippi had sincerely wanted to give, so Paul accepted.

(4:21-23) Paul's Final Greetings - Paul closed his letter by sending greetings from Rome and the Christians there to the believers in Philippi. The gospel had spread to all strata of society, linking people who had no other bond but Christ.


Dave Burnette's Life Application

Joy in Giving

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the book ofPhilippians with Chapter 4 and in our text we see Paul reminding us of the Joy in giving as he explains that giving produces fruit that will abound to our account before our Lord and that we are to be content in any financial situation with our thoughts being on the Lord who is supplying us with everything. In making application we this truth today. Everything in our hand is from the Lord and when we share our blessings with others we will experience the joy of giving. How about you? Do you share what you have been given? Let us learn from our text today and the reminder of Paul to see that we should be content with what the Lord gives us but our true joy will come when we share what the Lord has given us knowing one day it will produce fruit in the lives of others.


Philippians 4

Philippians 4

 1Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.

 2I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord.

 3And I intreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellowlabourers, whose names are in the book of life.

 4Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.

 5Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.

 6Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

 7And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

 8Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

 9Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

 10But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity.

 11Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.

 12I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.

 13I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

 14Notwithstanding ye have well done, that ye did communicate with my affliction.

 15Now 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.

 16For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity.

 17Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.

 18But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God.

 19But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

 20Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

 21Salute every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren which are with me greet you.

 22All the saints salute you, chiefly they that are of Caesar's household.

 23The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.