Philippians: The Easy Study Bible Commentary

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 Philippians: The Easy Study Bible Commentary

 Completely Revised and Greatly Enhanced!

 Not for scholars but for anyone who struggles to understand the New Testament!

 The Easy Study Bible Commentary takes The Easy Study Bible Diagramed and examines, describes and expounds upon each New Testament book, chapter by chapter, paragraph by paragraph, verse by verse and finally phrase by phrase.

In my many years of Bible study, I have found this arrangement to be the easiest to follow and understand.

 I have done my best to write this commentary with the idea in mind of making it easier for you to understand and therefore apply the great teachings that God gave to each of us through the various books of the New Testament.

 At the end of each section that we study, I will give you what I call my Greek Paraphrase. What I do is to take all of the expanded Greek definitions and put them together to help us better understand the passage.

 The following example is from Philippians 1:1-2: 

Chapter One

 This opening chapter is much more than a greeting. After Paul does that, he gets into thanksgiving, prayer, advancement of the good news, and living is Christ.

 Verses 1-2

 Greeting

1 Paul and Timothy, slaves of Christ Jesus, to all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, including the overseers and deacons: 2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

 1 Paul and Timothy,

slaves of Christ Jesus,

to all the saints

in Christ Jesus

who are in Philippi,

including the overseers and deacons:

2 Grace

to you

and peace

from God our Father

and the Lord Jesus Christ.

 Verse: 1

 1 Paul and Timothy, slaves of Christ Jesus, to all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, including the overseers and deacons:

 1 Paul and Timothy,

slaves of Christ Jesus,

to all the saints

in Christ Jesus

who are in Philippi,

including the overseers and deacons:

 Phrase by phrase:

 1 Paul and Timothy,

 Paul – Paul or Paulus = “small or little” – Paul was the most famous of the apostles and wrote a good part of the NT, the 14 Pauline epistles (letters); Paulus was a deputy or pro-consul of Cyprus and is said to be a prudent man, in the management of affairs, as a governor (different man)

Timothy – “honoring God” – a resident of Lystra whose father was a Greek and mother a Jewess; he was Paul’s travelling companion and fellow laborer

 slaves of Christ Jesus,

 slaves – a slave, bondman, man of servile condition; devoted to another to the disregard of one’s own interests; a servant, attendant

Christ – the anointed One, the Messiah

Jesus – Jehovah is salvation

 To all the saints

 all – lineage running back to some progenitor, ancestry; a nation or tribe; family, in a wider sense, nation, people

saints – holy; things: consecrated; persons: unapproachable, perfect, pure, upright, worthy of God, saint

 in Christ Jesus

 Christ – the anointed One, the Messiah

Jesus – Jehovah is salvation

 who are in Philippi,

 Philippi – lover of horses” – a city of Macedonia located on or near the northern coast of the Aegean Sea, between the rivers Strymon and Nestus, and the cities Neapolis and Amphipolis

 including the overseers and deacons:

 including – with, together with, besides

overseers – an overseer; a man charged with the duty of seeing that things to be done by others are done rightly, any curator, guardian or superintendent; the superintendent, elder, or overseer of a Christian church

deacons – one who executes the commands of another, especially of a master, a servant, attendant, minister; the servant of a king; a deacon, one who, by virtue of the office assigned to him by the church, cares for the poor and has charge of and distributes the money collected for their use; a waiter, one who serves food and drink

 There is a subtle difference in how Paul starts this letter. In most of his other letters he makes mention of the fact that he is an apostle of Jesus Christ.

Paul includes Timothy in much the same way a spouse would be included in a letter written by only one of the couple. Timothy had nothing to do with the writing of this letter. He just happened to be with Paul at the time.

The word “slaves” is often translated as “servants” but this is not the true meaning of the word. It means “slave” as in someone who has no freedom of movement, must obey his master, and cannot change his circumstances.

Paul used this word to show that they have given themselves over to the will and service of Christ.

 Paul often called believers saints. He was not describing their personalities or characters. He was merely showing their association with Christ.

Overseers and deacons were the ones chosen to serve the church. Overseers or bishops were the ones who led the church to adhere to the principles of Christ that Paul had given them. Deacons were those who were to serve the members of the church in their times of need.

Did Paul single them out for a reason? I think that he wanted them to know that, as in all the early churches, he expected them to see that the instructions in this letter would be heard by all and that it be applied to all the members of the church in Philippi.

 Verse: 2

2 Grace to you and peace from God, our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Grace

to you

and peace

from God, our Father,

and the Lord Jesus Christ.

 Phrase by phrase:

 2 Grace

 Grace – grace; that which affords joy, pleasure, delight, sweetness, charm, loveliness: grace of speech; good will, loving-kindness, favor; benefit, bounty

 to you 

and peace

 peace – a state of national tranquility; exemption from the rage and havoc of war; peace between individuals, harmony, concord 

from God, our Father,

 God – God the Father

Father – male ancestor; could be any one from immediate father to distant ancestor 

and the Lord Jesus Christ.

 Lord – he to whom a person or thing belongs, about which he has power of deciding; master, lord

Jesus – Jehovah is salvation

Christ – the anointed One, the Messiah

“Grace” and “peace” – As he did in other letters, Paul combined the Greek and Jewish greetings. Grace expresses God’s love to mankind and peace expresses the condition that results from God’s love.

Greek Paraphrase of Verses: 1-2

From Paul and Timothy, slaves of Christ Jesus, to all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi along with their elders and ministers, who are in union with Jesus the Messiah. May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace. 

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About the author

 Trennis E. Killian has been an Army Medic, high school English teacher, pastor, hospital chaplain, crisis counselor, police chaplain, and pastoral counselor.

All of these occupations have helped him to understand how men and women build and keep relationships. He also knows how they repair or destroy those relationships. He has also observed how people interact in all kinds of situations.

They also give him firsthand knowledge of how people live and act within each of those types of situations.

He writes in all of the following areas: Bible study, Self-Help, Crisis Preparation, and Christian oriented novels.

To be able to write so many different kinds of books, he has spent years of intensive study of Greek, an earned doctorate in counseling, and worked in many different occupations.

He writes all of his novels under the name T. E. Killian.

Because of his varied education and experience, his characters take on the characteristics and personalities of people who work in all of the occupations he knows so well.

Having been in many crisis situations over the past thirty plus years, he can write about them realistically.

He and his wife, Ann, live in Black Canyon City, Arizona, where he writes fulltime.

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Christ Centered Ministries
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Nov 20, 2012
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