Philippians Chapter 4 concludes Paul’s letter to the church at Philippi.
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Paul’s Plea for Unity
Paul made a plea to two women – Euodia and Syntyche – that they be in the same mind as Christ. These two women seemed to be in some sort of quarrel as the verses imply and Paul wanted them to forgive each other so that there will be unity in the body.
He asked them to help their fellow workers and be one in Christ. He said that the women mentioned, along with a person named Clement, had helped him tremendously. Paul claimed that their names were now in the book of life.
Focus on Godly Things
Paul told the Philippians that they should rejoice in the Lord because He has blessed them and given them life. He told them to keep their minds off things that are not good. They should only focus on the better things that were ahead of them.
These are things that are noble, true, and good. They are things that Christ would have wanted them to focus on. Paul said they should always put this into practice so that they may live in Christ with steadfast love.
Paul Gives Thanks
Paul closed his letter to the Philippians with thanksgiving. He said that their gifts were appreciated and he knew about their concern for him. He said that he hoped that all their needs would be met in Christ and that their gifts were a fragrant offering to God.
Philippians 4 (King James Version)
1 Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.
2 I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord.
3 And I intreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellowlabourers, whose names are in the book of life.
4 Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.
5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.
6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity.
11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
14 Notwithstanding ye have well done, that ye did communicate with my affliction.
15 Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only.
16 For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity.
17 Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.
18 But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God.
19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
20 Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
21 Salute every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren which are with me greet you.
22 All the saints salute you, chiefly they that are of Caesar’s household.
23 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.