Perspectival outlines of the epistle to the Philippians



HOPE IS THE NECESSARY FOCUS OF CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY back to top

Hope in the Work of God on Our Behalf back to top
  • He who began a good work in you will finish what He started until the day of Christ Jesus (1:6)
  • It is God who works in us to will and to act according to his good purpose (2:13)
  • God exalted him to the highest place with a name above every name (2:9)
  • By power to control everything, he will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his (3:21)
  • God is able to meet all of the giver's needs according to his riches in Christ (4:19)

Hope Manifested in Unity and Humility back to top
  • Stand firm in the spirit, contending as one man for the faith of the gospel (1:27)
  • Be like minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose (2:2)
  • Do nothing out of selfish ambition and vain conceit (2:3)
  • In humility, consider others better than yourselves (2:3)
  • Each should look not only to his own interestes, but to the interests of others (2:4)
  • On the basis of Christ's humility, we should work out our salvation with fear & trembling (2:12)
  • Do everything without grumbling and complaining in order to be blameless children of God (2:14)
  • Believers, who put no confidence in the flesh, but worship by the Spirit, are the circumcision (3:3)
  • Let your gentleness be evident to all (4:5)
  • Paul's doxology, to our God and Father be glory forever! (4:20)

Hope Manifested in Patient Perseverence back to top
  • For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain (1:21)
  • Stand firm without being frightened in any way of those who oppose you (1:28)
  • It has been granted on behalf of Christ for you to believe, and also to suffer (1:29)
  • Children of God shine like stars in the universe, holding out the word of life (2:15,16)
  • The Backdrop for the children and the word is this crooked and depraved generation (2:15,16)
  • Rejoice in the Lord (3:1)
  • Those who are mature will have their knowledge clarified (3:15)
  • The caveat is to live up to what they have already obtained (3:16)
  • Us: Citizenship in heaven, eagerly await Savior from there - Lord Jesus Christ (3:20)
  • We should stand firm, not as earthly citizens, but as heavenly citizens (4:1)
  • Rejoice in the Lord always (4:4)
  • Prayers and petitions should be accompanied by thanksgiving (4:6)
  • Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, bring requests to God (4:6)
  • Then the peace of God which surpasses understanding will guard your heart in Christ Jesus (4:7)
  • Think on the noble, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praisworthy (4:8)
  • Whatever has been learned or received or heard from Paul, put into practice (4:9)

Hope as Modeled by Paul, His Companions, and Christ back to top
  • Because of Paul's imprisonment word went out to the entire palace guard (1:13)
  • Because of his chains, many have been encouraged to speak the word more courageously (1:14)
  • Our attitude should be modeled after that of Christ himself (2:5)
  • Christ was in very nature God, but didn't consider it something to be grasped (2:6)
  • Christ made himself nothing and took the very form of a servant (2:7)
  • Christ, made in the likeness of man, humbled himself and became obedient to death on a cross (2:7,8)
  • At the name of Jesus every knee in heaven earth and under the earth will bow to Jesus (2:10)
  • Every tongue will confess the Jesus is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (2:11)
  • Timothy looks out for Christ's interests more than his own (2:21)
  • Timothy has served Paul in the gospel as a son with his father (2:22)
  • Epaphroditus as he risked his life for the gospel (2:29,30)
  • Paul encourages the Philippians to follow his example (3:17)
  • Paul encourages them to take note of those who live according to the pattern he presented (3:17)
  • Whatever had been learned or received or heard from Paul, was to be put into practice (4:9)

Hope Contrasted with the Hopeless Enemies of the Cross back to top
  • This is a sign that they will be destroyed, but you will be saved (1:28)
  • Watch out for the dogs who do evil, mutilators of the flesh (3:2)
  • Paul's acknowledgement that many live as enemies of the cross of Christ (3:18)
  • Enemies of the cross: Destiny- destruction, God- stomach, glory- shame, mind on earthly things (3:19)

A COMMUNITY IN NEED OF A UNIFIED GOAL FOR MATURITY back to top

The Philippians Admonished to Proper Conduct back to top
  • If Paul is poured out for them, they ought to rejoice with him (1:18)
  • Philippians encouraged to conduct themselves in a manner worthy of Christ (1:27)
  • Philippians have been united with Christ and having fellowship with the Spirit (2:1)
  • Philippians have experienced the tenderness and compassion of knowing Christ (2:1)
  • Paul's plea for Euodia and Syntyche to agree with each other in the Lord (4:2)
  • Paul's appeal to the loyal yokefellow to assist them in their disagreement (4:3)

The Philippians Admonished to Discern What is Best back to top
  • Paul's prayer that their love might abound more and more in knowledge & depth (1:9)
  • Aounding love is for the purpose of discerning what is best (1:10)
  • Discerning what is best is in order to be blameless until the day of Christ (1:10)
  • Abounding in love and discernement is to the glory and praise of God (1:11)
  • Discerning what is best is in order to be filled with the fruit of righteousness through Christ (1:11)
  • All the mature should take a similar view of not yet obtaining the goal, but pressing forward (3:15)
  • God is able to meet all of the giver's needs according to his riches in Christ (4:19)

The Philippians Encouraged by Their Participation with Paul back to top
  • They share in God's grace with him, whether in chains or defending and confirming gospel (1:7)
  • Some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry (1:15)
  • Some preach out of love, understanding the importance of Paul's chains (1:16)
  • Some preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, in order to stir up trouble for Paul (1:17)
  • Paul understands that the better is to remain alive for the sake of the Philippians (1:24)
  • Paul knows he will remain for the sake of the Philippians growth and joy in the faith (1:25,26)
  • The Philippians shared in the struggles of Paul (1:30)
  • If Paul is poured out like a drink offering on behalf of the faith of the church he rejoices (2:17)
  • Paul's evaluation of Timothy - no one who takes a genuine interest in their welfare (2:19,20)
  • Timothy is thus chosen to find out how the Philippians are doing on Paul's behalf (2:23)
  • Epaphroditus longing for them; distressed because of their knowledge of his sickeness (2:26)
  • Encouragement to welcome Epaphroditus as he risked his life for the gospel (2:29,30)
  • These women at odds have contended with Paul for the sake of the gospel (4:3)
  • Paul rejoices in the Philippians renewed concern and gifts to him (4:10-13)
  • Paul praises the Philippians for sharing with him (4:14)
  • Paul looks forward to what will be credited to the Philippians account on behalf of their gift (4:15-19)

PAUL AS A MODEL OF HOPE AND ENDURANCE back to top

Paul's Devotion and Prayer for the Philippians back to top
  • Paul's prayer of thanksgiving for the Philippians partnership with Him (1:3-5)
  • Paul's right to feel this way, he hold the Philippians in his heart (1:7)
  • Paul longs for them with the devotion of Christ (1:8)
  • Paul's prayer that their love might abound more and more in knowledge & depth (1:9)
  • Paul is encouraged by the Philippian prayers and the Spirit of Jesus (1:19)
  • Paul is torn between further fruitful labor in the body, or the joy of dieing and being with Christ (1:22-26)
  • Paul understands that dieing and being with Christ is far preferable (1:23)
  • Paul was spared, and anxious to send him back to relieve their anxiety as well (2:27,28)
  • Paul wants to be found righteous in Christ by faith, without a righteousness by the law (3:9)
  • He wants to know Christ, in death and suffering, in life and the power of the resurrection (3:10,11)

Paul's Model of Ministry for the Philippians back to top
  • Paul's imprisonment has served to advance the gospel (1:12-14)
  • Paul rejoices in the preaching of Christ from either pure or false motives (1:18)
  • Paul is convinced that what has happened will be his deliverance (1:19)
  • Paul expects sufficient courage so that Christ will be exalted in his body, by life or death (1:20)
  • Paul is eager in his hope of not being ashamed (1:20)
  • It is no problem, present circumstances accepted, for Paul to exhort them to rejoice (2:1)
  • If Paul is poured out like a drink offering on behalf of the faith of the church he rejoices (2:17)
  • Paul lists his reasons to take confidence in the flesh if merited (3:4-6)
  • Paul willingly loses everything that was to his benefit in the flesh in order to gain Christ (3:7)
  • Paul considers his credentials dung, and has lost all things in order to gain Christ (3:8)
  • Paul does not consider himself to have gained it, but he presses on toward the goal (3:12)
  • Paul forgets what is behind, presses forward to win the prize for which God has called him (3:13,14)

The Company Paul Keeps back to top
  • Paul's evaluation of Timothy - no one who takes a genuine interest in their welfare (2:19,20)
  • Timothy looks out for Christ's interests more than his own (2:21)
  • Timothy has served Paul in the gospel as a son with his father (2:22)
  • Timothy is thus chosen to find out how the Philippians are doing on Paul's behalf (2:23)
  • Paul's evaluation of Epaphroditus - brother, fellow worker, fellow soldier sent by them (2:25)
  • Epaphroditus longing and distress because of their knowledge of his sickeness (2:26)
  • Encouragement to welcome Epaphroditus as he risked his life for the gospel (2:29,30)

DIACHRONIC OVERVIEW back to top

The Believer's Goal of Hope back to top
  • So that you might be pure and blameless until the day of Christ (1:10)
  • Paul's confidence that he will have sufficient courage to glorify Christ in body in life or death (1:20)
  • To depart and be with Christ is much better, but to remain with you is more necessary (1:23,24)
  • Those who oppose you will be destroyed; You will be saved by God (1:28)
  • The Philippians perseverance is linked to Paul's ability to boast in the day of Christ (2:16)
  • Paul is concerned for the Philippians well being to show he did not run the race in vain (2:16)
  • Paul desires to attain to the resurrection of the dead (3:11)
  • Paul does not consider himself to have obtained perfection, but presses forward to the goal (3:12-14)
  • Our citizenship is in heaven, and we eagerly await a savior from there (3:20)

The Believer's Perseverance in the Work of Salvation back to top
  • Continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling (2:12)
  • You are to be blameless children of God in the midst of a crooked and depraved generation (2:15)
  • The children of God shine like stars in the universe as they hold out the word of life (2:16)
  • The destiny of the enemies of Christ is destruction because their mind is on earthly things (3:19)

The Work of God on the Believer's Behalf back to top
  • He who began a good work will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ (1:6)
  • God works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose (2:13)
  • Our bodies will be transformed to be like his glorious body (3:21)