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PHILIPPIANS

Joy in Jesus

 

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The
Proclaim Commentary Series

 

 

 





THE PROCLAIM
COMMENTARY SERIES

 

 



 


PHILIPPIANS

JOY
IN JESUS



 

 

 

 


NEW TESTAMENT

VOLUME 11

 

 

 

MATTHEW STEVEN
BLACK

 

 

 

 

 

 





















WENATCHEE, WASHINGTON



Philippians: Joy in Jesus
(The Proclaim Commentary Series)

Copyright © 2021 by Matthew Black

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Dedicated to my precious daughter Katie. You shine the joy of

Jesus into a dark world.

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CONTENTS

Introduction.. 19

Author, Date, Place of Writing.. 19

Message.. 20

1 | Philippians 1:1-2 Joy in Jesus.. 21

Background of Philippians. 21

Philippi 22

Paul’s
“Lonely” Imprisonment
23

The
Macedonian Call
24

Thankful for Our Family Tree! (1:1-2) 25

People in
God’s Family
. 25

Slaves. 27

Saints. 27

Elders and
Deacons
. 27

Purpose of
God’s Family
. 28

Thankful for our Family Story (1:3-8; Acts
16)
28

A Dear Family. 29

A Divine
Family
29

A Diverse
Family
. 30

Lydia the
Fashionista
.. 31

The Slave
Girl
. 32

The
Ex-Military, Blue Collar GI
. 33

Applications. 34

1 – Attitude
is everything
. 34

2 –
Loneliness is a mindset
34

3 – Christian
community is rich
. 35

4 – Focus on
Christ, not on circumstances
35

2 | Philippians 1:3-8 The Joy of
Christian Maturity
.. 37

Gratitude Marks the Mature Christian (1:3) 39

Gratitude for
People
. 39

Gratitude in
Remembering
. 41

Remembering
Grace
. 41

Remembering
Forgiveness
. 42

Remembering
Love
. 44

Fellowship Marks the Mature Christian
(1:4-5)
45

Fellowship
Promotes Prayer
45

Fellowship
Promotes Joy
. 46

Fellowship
Promotes Partnership
. 47

Obstacles to
Corporate Fellowship
.. 47

The Mission
of Christian Fellowship
. 48

Confidence Marks the Mature Christian (1:6) 49

Confidence in
God’s Character
49

Confidence in
God’s Commencement
49

Confidence in
God’s Completion
50

Love Marks the Mature Christian (1:7-8) 52

Love is Deep
for the Mature Christian
. 52

Love is
Sacrificial for the Mature Christian
. 53

Love is
Supernatural for the Mature Christian
. 54

3 | Philippians 1:9-11 Rooted in
Loving One Another
.. 55

Our Love Should Be Plentiful (1:9a) 57

An Abundant
Love
57

An
Affectionate Love
58

An Assorted
Love
. 58

Our Love Should Be Perceptive (1:9-10a) 60

Love’s
Knowledge
. 60

Love’s
Discernment
61

Love’s
Excellence
62

Our Love Should be Productive (1:10-11a) 63

A Growing
Readiness
63

A Growing
Purity
. 64

A Growing
Righteousness
64

Our Love Should be Purposeful (1:11) 65

Through Jesus
Christ
65

For God’s
Glory
66

4 | Philippians 1:12-18 Joy in
Setbacks and Suffering
.. 67

The Gospel Advances with Past Setbacks
(1:12-14)
69

Setbacks are
Planned by God
69

Paul’s
Salvation Planned by God
.. 70

Paul’s
Suffering Planned by God
.. 70

Setbacks Can
Advance the Gospel
71

Advancing the
Gospel with Roman Soldiers
. 72

Setbacks Can
Make Us Stronger
73

Stronger in
Evangelism
.. 73

Stronger in
Faith
.. 74

The Gospel Advances with Present Setbacks
(1:15-18a)
75

In Setbacks,
we Look to God’s Sovereignty
. 75

In Setbacks,
We Look Past Man’s Selfishness
77

The Gospel Advances with Future Setbacks
(1:18b-21)
77

In Life or
Death Christ is Glorified
. 77

 

5 | Philippians 1:18-26 To Live is
Christ
. 81

The Christ Life is the Joyful Life (1:18-19) 83

A Choice to
Rejoice
83

Tw0 Reasons
to Rejoice
. 83

Rejoice in
the Prayers of the Saints
. 84

Rejoice in
the Help of the Holy Spirit
. 85

Rejoice in
Your Final Deliverance
. 85

The Christ life is the Purposeful Life
(1:20-21)
86

A Clarifying
Purpose
86

A Magnifying
Purpose
87

An
All-Consuming Purpose
87

The Christ Life is the Longing Life
(1:22-24)
88

We Long for
Spiritual Fruit
88

We Long to be
Present with Christ
89

Death Will Be
an Encounter
. 89

Death Will Be
Much Better
. 90

We Long to
Camp Out
90

The Christ Life is the Growing Life
(1:25-26)
91

Growth in Joy 91

Growth in
Glory
92

6 | Philippians 1:27 Walk Worthy of
the Gospel
. 93

The Exhortation to Walk Worthy (1:27a) 94

An Important
Exhortation
. 94

A New Mindset 95

A Divine
Imperative
. 96

The
Unrepentant Sinner
. 96

The
Self-Righteous Sinner
. 97

The Humble
Saint
98

A Glorious
Gospel
98

Ways to Walk Worthy (1:27b) 99

Walk in
Consistent Obedience
99

A Cosmic
Consistency
. 100

A Growing
Consistency
. 100

A Militant
Consistency
. 102

A Persevering
Consistency
. 102

Walk in the
Fear of God
. 103

Adam in the
Garden
. 104

Joseph in the
Old Testament
. 104

Walk in Unity 105

Unity Flows
from the Holy Spirit’s Work
. 105

Unity Flows
from Hard Work
. 105

Unity Flows
from Our High Calling
.. 106

 

7 | Philippians 1:27-30 The Courage
to Suffer
.. 109

Have Courage to Suffer with Faithfulness
(1:27)
111

Faithfulness
is Manifested by Spirit
111

Faithfulness
Marks the New Birth
112

Faithfulness
Moves Us to Victory
. 112

Scriptural
Examples
. 113

Applications. 113

Have Courage to Suffer with Forcefulness
(1:27)
114

Pictures of
Forcefulness: Soldiers & Athletes
114

The Power of
Forcefulness
116

Have Courage to Suffer with Fearlessness
(1:28)
116

Courage is a
Sign for the Saved
116

Courage is a
Sign for the Lost
117

Have Courage to Suffer with Favor (1:29-30) 118

We are
Favored with the Ability to Believe
118

We are
Favored with the Ability to Suffer
119

8 | Philippians 2:1-11 Every Knee
Shall Bow
.. 123

The Power for Humility (2:1-4) 125

Look to the
Truine God
125

We are
Encouraged by the Son’s Sacrifice
. 126

We are
Comforted by the Father’s Love
. 126

We are
Enriched by the Spirit’s Fellowship
. 126

We are
Supported by the Church’s Sympathy
. 127

Love the Body
of Christ
127

Be Harmonious
Together
. 128

Be Humble
Together
. 128

Be Helpful
Together
. 129

The Pathway to Humility (2:5-8) 129

Have the Mind
of Christ (2:5)
130

Consider the
Humility of Christ (2:6-8)
131

He
Relinquished His Place (2:6a)
. 131

He Refused
His Privileges (2:6-7a)
. 133

He Restricted
His Presence (2:7b)
. 134

He Realized
His Purpose (2:8)
. 135

The Practice of Humility (2:9-11) 135

The Father
Exalts Christ
135

All People
& Angels Exalt Christ
136

All Confess
Christ as Yahweh
. 136

9 | 1 Peter 2:12-13 How Can I
Change?
. 139

Spiritual Growth is Personal (2:12) 141

A
Transcendent Labor
141

A Strenuous Labor 142

A Personal
Labor
144

A Practical
Labor
145

Spiritual Growth is Progressive (2:12) 146

Justification:
An Event
147

Sanctification:
A Journey
. 147

Glorification:
Our Final Destination
. 148

Spiritual Growth is Praise-Driven (2:12). 149

The Focus of
Our Praise
149

The Fear of
Our Praise
151

Spiritual Growth is Predestined (2:13) 151

God’s Plan
Reaches Beyond Time
151

God’s Plan
Requires Your Cooperation
. 152

God’s Plan
Guarantees Your Growth
. 152

God’s Plan
Rejects Laziness
153

Tension in
Evangelism
.. 153

Tension in
Sanctification
. 153

10 | Philippians 2:14-18 Be an
Influencer!
. 155

We Live the Life (2:14-15) 157

An Appreciative
Life
157

A Hopeful
Life
. 159

A Happy Life 160

A Blameless
Life
. 161

We Shine the Light (2:15b) 161

Shine Amidst
Sinners
162

Shine as
Stars
163

Stay Bright! 163

We Speak the Word (2:16) 164

The Power of
the Word
. 165

The Word’s
Supremacy
. 165

The Word
Spoken
. 166

The Purpose
of the Word
. 166

The Practice
of the Word
. 168

We Sacrifice for the Kingdom (2:17-18) 169

Resolve to
Sacrifice
. 169

Rejoice in Sacrifice 170

11 | Philippians 2:19-30 Models of
Ministry
. 171

Paul: A Model of Selflessness (2:19-21) 172

The Joy of
Selfless Ministry
. 173

Radical
Selflessness is Seen in Paul
. 174

Joy is the
Mark of True Discipleship
.. 174

The Hard Work
of Selfless Ministry
. 175

Metaphors for
Discipleship Imply Work
. 175

Models for
Discipleship Require Work
. 176

The Reward of
Selfless Ministry
. 177

The Reward of
Reproducing a Pastor
. 177

The Reward of
Reproducing a Church
.. 178

Timothy: A Model of Service (2:19-24) 178

Big Vision
Service
179

Excuses for
Small Vision
.. 180

Big Hearted
Service (2:20-21)
181

Timothy’s
Imprisonment
182

How to
Maintain a Big Heart (And Avoid Burnout)
. 182

Big Dividend
Service
183

Epaphroditus: A Model of Sacrifice (2:25-30) 183

The Example
of Sacrifice
183

The Honor of
Sacrifice
186

12 | Philippians 3:1-3 Increase Your
Joy
. 189

Increase Your Wellspring of Joy (3:1) 191

The Reason to
Rejoice
191

The Command
to Rejoice
192

The Choice to
Rejoice
193

The Safety of
Rejoicing
. 193

Increase Your Watchfulness of Joy (3:2) 195

A Description
of Joy Stealers
195

Dogs. 195

Evil Doers. 196

False
Teachers
. 196

Watch Out for
Joy Stealers
196

Increase Your Worship through Joy (3:3) 197

A Sensitive
Heart
198

A
Spirit-Filled Heart
199

A Crucified
Heart
200

13 | Philippians 3:4-11 The Great
Change
. 201

Life Before Christ (3:4-6) 202

Impressive
Beginning
. 202

Impressive
Nationality
. 203

Impressive
Lineage
. 203

Impressive
Upbringing
. 204

Impressive
Standard
. 205

Impressive
Sincerity
205

Impressive
Morality
206

Paul Had
Everything But Jesus
. 206

Everything
Minus Jesus Equals Nothing
.. 207

Coming to Know Christ (3:7-9; Acts 9:1-5) 207

We Know the
Reach of Christ
207

A Surprising
Love
. 209

A Saving Love. 210

A Love
Embraced through Faith
. 210