Philippians 4

Php 3:21; 1 Co 15:51–53; Ro 7:17–18; 1 Co 15:47; Ge 2:7; Ro 8:23; 1 Jn 3:2; Jn 20:19; Eph 1:19

Strife: Is 58:4; Ac 6:1; Ac 15:2; Ac 15:7; 1 Co 1:11; 1 Co 3:3; 1 Co 6:6; 1 Co 11:18; 2 Co 12:20; Ga 5:15; Ph 4:2

XVIII. Problems (Philippians 4:1-2,3-4)
A. The Problem of Defeatism
B. The Problem of Disunity
C. The Problem of Depression

XIX. Peace (Philippians 4:5-9)
A. Requisites for Peace
B. Results of Peace
C. Replacements of Peace

XX. Provision (Philippians 4:10-19)
A. Provision of Substance
B. Provision of Satisfaction
C. Provision of Strength
D. Provision of Supply

XXI. Postlude (Philippians 4:20-23)

Joy and crown – My joy now, my crown in a day to come (1 Thessalonians 2:19)

“In The Lord”:
Php 1:14 Confidence
Php 2:19,24 Trust
Php 2:29 Receive
Php 3:1,4:4,10 Rejoice
Php 4:1 Stand Fast
(1 Co 16:13 Faith; Ga 5:1 Liberty; Php 1:27 One Spirit, One Mind striving; 4:1 in The Lord; 1 Th 3:8 *; 2 Th 2:15 Hold Traditions)
Php 4:2 Like Minded

Php 4:1. Steadfast     2 Sam 23:11 Shammah (1 Cor. 15:58; Eph. 6:13, 14; 2 Thessalonians 2:2)
Php 4:2. Like-minded Php 2:2 one accord, one purpose
Php 4:3. Helpful Luke 5:7
Php 4:4. Joyful
Php 4:5. Gentle
Php 4:6. Untroubled, Prayerful, Thankful
Php 4:8. Meditating on the positive
Php 4:9. Applying what I taught you… put it into action… do it!

4 Greek words express Paul’s attitute to his circumstance, and to his beloved fellow Christians
[Lemma = lbs/el/χαρά] 5X The Noun (Joy, gladness, delight)
Php 1:4, 25; 2:2, 29; 4:1
[Lemma = lbs/el/καύχημα] 2X The Noun (Reason for boasting or glorying (Rom 4:2))
Php 1:26; 2:16
[Lemma ~ lbs/el/χαίρω] 9X The Verb (Joying [rejoicing], joy in action, joy felt)
Php 1:18; 2:17, 18, 28; 3:1; 4:4, 10
[Lemma ~ lbs/el/συγχαίρω] 2X The Verb (To rejoice with someone else, a sharing together of the Joy or rejoicing)
Php 2:17, 18

What are some of the things that bring joy to the apostle?

Php 1:4-5 – Joy in fellowship in the gospel
Php 1:12-13,14,18 – Joy Triumphs Over Suffering
Php 1:18 – Joy in Christ proclaimed
Php 2:16 – Joy in success of the gospel & Paul’s evangelism
Php 4:4, 3:1,3 (1 Corinthians 9:27) – Joy in Christ – bondage, enslave “Not boss of me”
Php 3:8, 10 – Joy in Christs Will – (knowledge about HIM, then relationship with HIM)
Php 4:10,15,16 – Joy in Philippians Liberality
Php 4:19 – Joy in Christ’s Provision
Php 1:27, 2:2, 3:16 – Joy in Unity

Not like Php 4:2 (Scriptures Bereans Acts 17:11) (Pray Paul Acts 9:6)

Jesus 22X 1=8, 2=5, 3=5, 4=4 (1 in ~ every 5 verses)
Christ 38X 1=18, 2=6, 3=9, 4=5 (1 in ~ every 3 verses)

You do not have to look very closely to find the Lord Jesus Christ in verse 8. Everything that is true, noble, just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtuous, and praiseworthy is found in Him. Let us look at these virtues one by one:
True means genuine, sincere, real, and therefore reliable.
Noble means honorable or morally attractive.
Just means righteous, both toward God and man.
Pure would refer to the high moral character of a person’s life.
Lovely has the idea of that which is admirable or agreeable to behold or consider.
Of good report has also been translated “of good repute” or “fair sounding.”
Virtue, of course, speaks of moral excellence; and
Praiseworthy, something that deserves to be commended.



4:1 – So, my brothers whom I love and long for, my joy and my crown, do stand firmly in the Lord, and remember how much I love you.

Be united, be joyful, be at peace

4:2-3- Euodius and Syntache I beg you by name to make up your differences as Christians should! And, my true fellow-worker help these women. They both worked hard with me for the Gospel, as did Clement and all my other fellow-workers whose names are in the book of life.

4:4-5-Delight yourselves in God, yes, find your joy in him at all times. Have a reputation for gentleness, and never forget the nearness of your Lord.

4:6-7-Don’t worry over anything whatever; tell God every detail of your needs in earnest and thankful prayer, and the peace of God which transcends human understanding, will keep constant guard over your hearts and minds as they rest in Christ Jesus.

4:8-9-Here is a last piece of advice. If you believe in goodness and if you value the approval of God, fix your minds on the things which are holy and right and pure and beautiful and good. Model your conduct on what you have learned from me, on what I have told you and shown you, and you will find the God of peace will be with you.

The memory of your generosity is an abiding joy to me

4:10-13- It has been a great joy to me that after all this time you have shown such interest in my welfare. I don’t mean that you had forgotten me, but up till now you had no opportunity of expressing your concern. Nor do I mean that I have been in actual need, for I have learned to be content, whatever the circumstances may be. I know now how to live when things are difficult and I know how to live when things are prosperous. In general and in particular I have learned the secret of facing either poverty or plenty. I am ready for anything through the strength of the one who lives within me.

4:14-17 – Nevertheless I am not disparaging the way in which you were willing to share my troubles. You Philippians will remember that in the early days of the Gospel when I left Macedonia, you were the only church who shared with me the fellowship of giving and receiving. Even in Thessalonica you twice sent me help when I was in need. It isn’t the value of the gift that I am keen on, it is the reward that will come to you because of these gifts that you have made.

4:18-20 – Now I have everything I want – in fact I am rich. Yes, I am quite content, thanks to your gifts received through Epaphroditus. Your generosity is like a lovely fragrance, a sacrifice that pleases the very heart of God. My God will supply all that you need from his glorious resources in Christ Jesus. And may glory be to our God and our Father for ever and ever, amen!

Farewell messages

4:21-22- Greetings to every true Christian, from me and all the brothers here with me. All the Christians here would like to send their best wishes, particularly those who belong to the emperor’s household.

4:23 – The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.

Philippians 4:10–23 Wuest

10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that already once more you let your concern for my welfare blossom into activity again, in which matter you were all along thoughtful, but you never had an opportunity.
11 It is not that I speak as regards a need, for, so far as I am concerned, I have come to learn, in the circumstances in which I am placed, to be independent of these and self-sufficient.
12 I know in fact how to discipline myself in lowly circumstances. I know in fact how to conduct myself when I have more than enough. In everything and in all things I have learned the secret, both to be satiated and to be hungry, and to have more than enough and to lack.
13 I am strong for all things in the One who constantly infuses strength in me.

14 All the same, you did a beautiful thing when you made yourselves fellow partakers with me in my tribulation.
15 But you yourselves also know, Philippians, that at the beginning of the good news, when I went out from Macedonia, not even one assembly made itself a partner with me as regards an account of giving and receiving except you only, that
16 even in Thessalonica more than once you sent to relieve my necessity.
17 Not that it is my character to be ever seeking the gift, but I am seeking the fruit which is accumulating to your account.
18 But I have all things to the full and overflowing. I have been filled completely full and at present am well supplied, having received at the hands of Epaphroditus the things from you, a fragrant aroma, a sacrifice acceptable, well-pleasing to God.
19 But my God shall satisfy to the full your every need in accordance with His wealth in glory in Christ Jesus.

20 Now to God, even our Father, be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
21 Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren with me send greeting to you.
22 All the saints send greeting to you, especially those of Caesar’s household.
23 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, with all of you in this respect individually.

V11 autarkes (αὐτάρκης, 842) “sufficient in oneself”, “self-sufficient, adequate, needing no assistance”; hence, “content,” Phil. 4:11.
Moule, H. C. G. Literally, “self-sufficing”; i.e. independent of circumstances

(1897). The Epistle to the Philippians (p. 85). Cambridge University Press.

Moffatt’s New Testament

10 It was a great joy to me in the Lord that your care for me could revive again; for what you lacked was never the care but the chance of showing it.
11 Not that I complain of want, for I have learned how to be content wherever I am.
12 I know how to live humbly; I also know how to live in prosperity. I have been initiated into the secret for all sorts and conditions of life, for plenty and for hunger, for prosperity and for privations.
13 In him who strengthens me I am able for anything.
14 But you were kind enough to take your share in my trouble.
15 You Philippians are well aware that in the early days of the gospel, when I had left Macedonia, no church but yourselves had any financial dealings with me;
16 even when I was in Thessalonica, you sent money more than once for my needs.
17 It is not the money I am anxious for; what I am anxious for is the interest that accumulates in this way to your divine credit!
18 Your debt to me is fully paid and more than paid! I am amply supplied with what you have sent by Epaphroditus, a fragrant perfume, the sort of sacrifice that God approves and welcomes.
19 My God will supply all your own needs from his wealth in Glory in Christ Jesus.
20 Glory to God our Father for ever and ever: Amen.
21 Salute every saint in Christ Jesus. The brothers beside me salute you.
22 All the saints salute you, especially the Imperial slaves.
23 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.

(Rom 9:23) And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory,
(Eph 3:16) That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;
(Eph 1:18) The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
(Col 1:27) To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
(Phil 4:19) But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

How Christ is presented

1. Christ our life (Php 1:21) – to live is Christ, to die more of Christ!
2. Christ our mind (Php 2:5) – let this mind be in you as in Christ (Php 4:8)
3. Christ our goal (Php 3:8) – win (or gain), Know (Php 3:10)
4. Christ our strength (Php 4:13) – Christ Strengthens

“John Wesley is reported to have said that he did not know which dishonored God the most—to worry, which is really to doubt His love and care, or to curse and swear. Yet every saint would shrink from the latter with abhorrence, while many of us have no sense of the wrong we do when we fret and worry.” Comfort? Happiness? NO! For Good? (Rom 8:28) rest in faith!

Ironside, H. A.

Bible Search for lemma.g:χρεία

Philippians 2:25 But I considered it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother and fellow worker and fellow soldier, but your messenger and servant of my need, (KJV – want?)

Philippians 4:16 because even in Thessalonica on more than one occasion you sent for my need.

Philippians 4:19 And my God will fulfill your every need according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

Bible Search for root.g:υστερος

Philippians 2:30 because on account of the work of Christ he came near to the point of death, risking his life in order that he might make up for your inability to serve me.

Philippians 4:11 Not that I speak from need, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.

Philippians 4:12 I know how both to make do with little and I know how to have an abundance. In everything and in all things I have learned the secret both to be filled and to be hungry, both to have an abundance and to go without.

1 Corinthians 16:1–2 1 Now concerning the collection for the saints: just as I gave directions about it to the churches of Galatia, so you do also. 2 On the first day of the week, each one of you put aside something, saving up to whatever extent he has prospered, in order that whenever I come, at that time collections do not take place.

2 Corinthians 8:1–2 1 Moreover, brethren, we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia;
2 How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality.

2 Corinthians 8:5 And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God.
6 Insomuch that we desired Titus, that as he had begun, so he would also finish in you the same grace also.

2 Peter 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

2 Corinthians 8:9 For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.

2 Corinthians 9:6 But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

2 Corinthians 11:9–12
9 And when I was present with you, and wanted, I was chargeable to no man: for that which was lacking to me the brethren which came from Macedonia supplied: and in all things I have kept myself from being burdensome unto you, and so will I keep myself.
10 As the truth of Christ is in me, no man shall stop me of this boasting in the regions of Achaia.
11 Wherefore? because I love you not? God knoweth.
12 But what I do, that I will do, that I may cut off occasion from them which desire occasion; that wherein they glory, they may be found even as we.