With my thanx to Alex Dryburgh and Jim Baker from whom thoughts were borrowed

From the Roman prison Paul writes Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians and Philemon.

Philippians - Book 50 in our Bible - 4 Chapters, 104 verses, *2,183 words

An old preacher from Scotland summed up this epistle as "Joy from the jail".

Words relating to "joy" or "rejoicing" are mentioned 18X in 14 of the 104 verses of Philippians

In the KJV

4 Greek words express Pauls 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?

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

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

An epistle of models/examples

1. Model church Php 1:1 - saints, bishops, deacons
2. Model Christ Php 2:5 - This mind in you
3. Individual examples Php 3:17 - things heard, pass on to be passed on again and again
4. Paul is an example Php 4:9 - (2 Timothy 2:2) Oversight (1 Peter 2:21, 5:3) Paul as example

1 Co 11:1; Php 3:17; 2 Th 3:6–10; 1 Ti 4:12; 1 Pe 2:2

Follow

Fellowship

1. Fellowship in the gospel Php 1:5 - Gospel
2. Fellowship with the Holy Spirit Php 2:1 - Spirit
3. Fellowship in suffering Php 3:10 - Suffering
4. Fellowship in finance Php 4:15 - Giving/receiving

The Mind

1. Happy mind Php 1:4 - request with joy (from Jail)
2. Humble mind Php 2:5 - let this mind be in you as in Christ (Matthew 11:29)
3. Heavenly mind Php 3:20 - conversation (citizenship) Col 3:1-2. Things above
4. Holy mind Php 4:8 - Whatsoever true, honest, just, pure, lovely, good report, virtue, praise

The Work

1. A life to be lived Php 1:21 - to live is Christ (Gal 2:20)
2. An example to follow Php 2:5 - let this mind be in you as in Christ (Matthew 11:29)
3. A race that must be run Php 3:14 - I press toward the prize (1 Co 9:24,27; Heb 12:1)
4. A lesson that must be learned Php 4:9 - ye have both learned do

We have more for us in heaven than we have here on earth

Php 3:20,21
1. Our conversation Php 3:20 (commonwealth, citizenship, our real homeland) is in heaven.
The commonwealth of which we are citizens is in heaven
Our Home is in heaven (2 Cor 5:6 ESV, 2 Cor 5:8 ESV)

2. Our Father is in heaven - The Lord says in Matthew 7X "My Father which is in heaven"
But the wonder is, He also says 7X "your Father which is in heaven"
What kind of a Father is He?
1. His very essence is love (1 John 4:8,16)
2. He is gracious (Titus 2:11)
3. He is compassionate and merciful (James 5:11 CSB)
4. He cares (1 Pe 5:6-7)
5. He chastens (Hebrews 12:5)
6. He corrects (2 Timothy 3:16)
7. He chose me (Eph 1:4) (1 Corinthians 1:26)

3. Our Saviour is in heaven - (Php 3:20) The Lord Jesus
Mediator (1 Timothy 2:5) - (made link between God and man)
Advocate, (1 John 2:1) - (mends)
Great High Priest, (Hebrews 4:14) - (maintains)

We have a Home in heaven, a Father in heaven and a Saviour in heaven

4. Our name is in heaven - Luke 10:20 (Rev 2:17)

5. Our Hope is in heaven - Col 1:5 When unsaved we were
helpless (Romans 5:6)
hateful (Titus 3:3)
hopeless and without God (Ephesians 2:12)

We now have hope! good (2 Thessalonians 2:16) Better (Hebrews 7:19) living (1 Peter 1:3 CSB)
steadfast (Hebrews 6:19), purifying (1 John 3:3), blessed (Titus 2:13), comforting

6. A Master (Ephesians 6:9)(1 Corinthians 6:19)

7. An inheritance (1 Peter 1:4)
1. A work commenced Php 1:6 - He has begun a work in you will complete
2. A work continued Php 2:13 - God which works in you
3. A body conformed Php 3:21 - not there, run toward, mind & walk conformed
4. A mind content Php 4:11 - whatsoever state, content

Php 3:20,21 Four things on the surface:

1. Conversation in heaven

2. The saviour from heaven

3. Bodies fitted for heaven

4. The power of God of heaven will subdue all things.

An epistle of models/examples

Colossians 3:1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.

Colossians 3:2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

Ephesians 4:11-12,13,14,15,16 - Gifts to men which are gifts to the church