Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
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Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
|What two people did Paul ask to settle their disagreement before it hindered their relationship with God and with the fellow Christians in the church?||Paul's Letter to the Philippians
Euodia and Syntyche. In Philippians 4:1-3, Paul asks the two women to settle their disagreement.
Epaphroditus. Paul states that soon he wants to send Timothy to them, but than he commends Epaphroditus for delivering this letter to the people. He commended him for being a faithful worker. He had recently recovered from an illness, and Paul was anxious to send him back to his family.
arguing and complaining. In Phil. 2:14-15, Paul warns the people of Philippi to not complain and argue.
Christ Jesus . "Your attitude should be the same that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not demand and cling to his rights as God. He made himself nothing, he took the humble position of a slave and appeared in human form. And in human form he obediently humbled himself further by dying a criminal's death on a cross. Because of this, God raised him up to the heights of heaven and gave him a name that is above every other name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, in heaven and on earth and under earth, and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." Phil. 2:5-11
The Philippians wouldn't be intimidated by their enemies.. "But whatever happens to me, you must live in a manner worthy of the Good News about Christ, as citizens of heaven. Then, whether I come and see you again or only hear about you, I will know that you are standing side by side, fighting together for the Good News. Don't be intimidated by your enemies. This will be a sign to them that they are going to be destroyed, but that you are going to be saved, even by God himself." Phil. 1:27,28
Timothy . Timothy was often with Paul, and Paul referred to him as "my son".
confidence. In Philippians 1:12-14, Paul praises the Christians, saying that because of his imprisonment they had gained confidence and were becoming more bold in proclaiming the Good News.
f. Paul and his companions began the church at Philippi during his second missionary journey. This is told in more detail in Acts 16:11-40.
always. One of the greatest keys to a joy-filled life in Christ is rejoicing in Him always. There is truly something to praise Him about in every situation, no matter how difficult it seems at the time.
|In Philippians 1:9, Paul shares that his prayer for the people of Philippi is "that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and ..." what?||The Book of Philippians
depth of insight.". All three of the incorrect answers are good suggestions as well, but Paul pretty much always spent the first chapter or two of each epistle explaining EXACTLY what the Lord had done for those who believe so they would have great insight into those realities...AND live their lives in response to His love and goodness.
|In the closing verses, Paul implores Euodia and Syntyche, two members of the Philippian church, to "agree with each other in the Lord". He also refers to a third person whom he describes as one of his fellow workers. Who is this man that shares a name with an early Christian saint, writer and bishop of Rome?||Quizzing the New Testament : Philippians
Clement. "I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to agree with each other in the Lord. Yes, and I ask you, loyal yokefellow, help these women who have contended at my side in the cause of the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life." (Philippians 4 v. 2-3)
There have been attempts to identify Clement of Rome with the Clement named in Philippians but there is insufficient evidence to form any definitive conclusions. Consideration has also been given to the identity of the "loyal yokefellow". One plausible possibility is that this is Luke, largely based upon the evidence of Acts. Luke writes about Paul's second missionary journey in the third person until Paul and his companions reach Troas when he switches to first person. They cross into Europe (Acts 16) and to Philippi, after which the text reverts back to third person. Paul's journey continues through Thessalonica, Athens, Corinth, Ephesus and other towns before returning to Philippi where the first person resumes (Acts 20). The inference is that Luke was left in Philippi, which may even have been his home town.
|"_____ in the Lord always. I will say it again: _____!" (Philippians 4 v. 4)
Which is the missing word from this New International Version quotation that can be said to epitomise the entire epistle?||Quizzing the New Testament : Philippians
Rejoice. The word "rejoice" occurs eight times in Philippians and "joy" six. This is hugely disproportionate compared to other New Testament epistles, even before taking into account the short length of the book. Paul begins in the opening chapter by stating that he rejoices even when Christ is being preached for the wrong reasons (Philippians 1 v. 18), and also rejoices in his imprisonment because he knows that good will come from it (Philippians 1 v. 19). Clearly Paul is conscious of his repeated appeal, because he twice uses the word "again" - here and at the beginning of chapter 3.
In heaven. "But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ ..." (Philippians 3 v. 20)
The significance of this statement lies in the fact that, although located in Macedonia, Philippi was a Roman colony. That meant that its people enjoyed all the rights and privileges of Roman citizens. It was, literally, a part of Rome in Greece. Paul makes use of the analogy, not only to confirm that Christians enjoy all the rights and privileges of heaven, but also that, as Christians gather, they are a part of heaven on earth.
|"Watch out for those dogs, those men who do evil, those mutilators of the flesh." (Philippians 3 v. 2)
As often occurs in his letters, Paul warns against those who continue to advocate the need for Christians to be circumcised. In so doing he reveals which piece of personal information? ||Quizzing the New Testament : Philippians
The Israelite tribe from which he is descended. "If anyone else thinks he has reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for legalistic righteousness, faultless." Philippians 3 v. 4-6)
Paul is seeking to underline his Jewish credentials as he does in other letters when facing similar opponents.
The Philippians being like-minded. "If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose." (Philippians 2 v. 1-2)
Paul does not point to any significant problem within the Philippian church that leads him to make this request. His comments may be in contrast to chapter 1 where he speaks of those who "preach Christ out of envy and rivalry" (Philippians 1 v. 15). They may also look forward to the following chapter and making a united stand against those who advocate circumcision (Philippians 3 v. 2-4) or to the squabbling between Euodia and Syntyche, two women who belong to the Philippian church (Philippians 4 v. 2).
To all the saints in Christ Jesus at Philippi. "Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus,
To all the saints in Christ Jesus at Philippi, together with the overseers and deacons: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ." (Philippians 1 v. 1-2)
The word "saint", as Paul uses it, does not have the same meaning as its modern counterpart. It has roots in the Greek word that means "holy" and is used of those things that belong to God or that God chooses to use. Thus, Paul uses it of all Christians on the grounds that they belong to God.
|Why does Paul say he can do all things through Christ?||Philippians
He strengthens him. It says in Philippians 4:13, "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."
This verse often provides a lot of encouragement to Christians.
|Paul says that he has learned to be content under what circumstances?||Philippians
whatever state he is in. It says in Philippians 4:11, "Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content."
Not all of us are going to be wealthy and we are all going to have obstacles we face, but Paul tells people they should be content, no matter what their circumstances are. That is, money (for example) should not dictate happiness.
|What does Paul say Christians should "stand fast in"?||Philippians
the Lord. It says in Philippians 4:1, "Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved."
To stand fast means that, even when times are tough you do not give up. In fact, to Christians, tough times are the best times to stand fast in the Lord.
8 days old. It says in Philippians 3:5, "Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee."
It is Jewish tradition that on the eighth day of a child's life is the bris (ceremony in which the circumcision takes place). (See Eliezer Cohen's article "Brit Milah, the bris" on the "Jewish Magazine" website.)
|What three things does Paul tell his readers to beware of in 3:2 (King James Version)?||Philippians
dogs, evil workers, and the concision. It says in Philippians 3:2, "Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision."
Concision means mutilation.
|What does Paul say Christ was obedient unto?||Philippians
death. It says in Philippians 2:8, "And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross."
The dictionary defines obedience as "the act or practice of obeying; dutiful or submissive compliance" (from Dictionary.com, definition 2)
Therefore, Christ submitted to death, that is, He was willing to die on the cross.
to gain. It says in Philippians 1:21, "For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain."
Paul says this because he knows dying will cause him to end up in Heaven with Christ, and be free of pain and sorrow.
|What kind of things does Philippians say Christians should approve?||Philippians
excellent. It says in Philippians 1:10, "That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ"
By "things that are excellent", it likely means those things which Christ Himself would approve, because they would bring Him glory and help to further the kingdom of Heaven.
Paul. It says is Philippians 1:1, "Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons."
The Philippians are from a town known as Philippi.
|"Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need" (Philippians 4:11-12).
How did Paul believe he found the strength to be content in whatever his circumstances?||BBB Bible Series: Philippians
Through Christ. "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" (Philippians 4:13).
The secret of contentment for Paul was to trust Christ to give him whatever strength he needed in whatever situation he found himself. I might add I have found that to be true in my own life as well.
|"Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your ________ be known to all men. The Lord is at hand" (Philippians 4:4-5, New King James Version).
What word belongs in the blank?||BBB Bible Series: Philippians
gentleness. The Philippians dealt with many perils and trials. As Paul's letters indicate, their willingness to trust God in their struggles enabled them to walk in joy and maintain peace even with their enemies, knowing a better reward awaited them when the Lord returned.
|"Beware of______, beware of evil workers, beware of the mutilation!" (Philippians 3:2 New King James Version).
What was the first thing Paul warned the Philippians to beware of? ||BBB Bible Series: Philippians
dogs. "For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh" (Philippians 3:3).
To call someone a dog was reserved for very despicable people. Paul used this term to describe a particular group of Christians who came from a Jewish background, who then would insist that Christians from a Gentile background had to be circumcised too. Paul taught that Christians were Christians by their faith in Christ alone, not by any religious ceremony or ritual.
Heaven. "For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame - who set their mind on earthly things. For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself" (Philippians 3:18-21).
In Paul's day, as in ours, there were those who took advantage of gullible people by promoting a here-and-now gospel that would supposedly make them healthy, wealthy and wise for the right price. This deeply grieved Paul and he warned the Philippians not to be taken in by them.
|Even though Paul was in prison, numerous times he spoke of his joy and encouraged the Philippians to rejoice always. What was one of the things Paul told the Philippians that they could do to make his joy complete, in the NKJV?||BBB Bible Series: Philippians
Be like-minded. "If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose" (Philippians 2:1-2).
Many of Paul's letters were intended to teach or to correct error in the churches in which he had responsibility. The Letter to the Philippians was very personal and was meant to encourage the recipients and to express his gratitude for the help they were always willing to give him. The things he most encouraged in this letter were unity and joy.
|"Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves" (Philippians 2:3). Whose example of humility did Paul tell the Philippians to follow?||BBB Bible Series: Philippians
Christ's. "Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross" (Philippians 2:5-8).
Paul taught that Jesus completely emptied himself of any rights that were his as God's son and made himself nothing so that he could serve by securing humanity's salvation. Because of his humble obedience his heavenly father exalted him.
"Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father" (Philippians 2:9-11).