Sept. 14, 2020

What Does Philippians 1:5 Mean?

What Does Philippians 1:5 Mean?


Philippians 1:3-5 (NIV): I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.


Even though Paul is chained to a Roman soldier for 2 years while awaiting trial in Rome, he still finds a reason to rejoice. Discover a deeper insight into what a "partnership" meant in Paul's day.


  • Why the term "partnership" indicated a joint-business venture in Paul's day
  • Why Paul had to supply his own food and clothing for 2 years while in house arrest in Rome
  • Discover the ways Philippian believers partnered with Paul "from the first day until now"


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Hey, welcome to The Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth. 

 Yesterday, we discovered how God led Paul to Philippi to start the first Christian church in Europe. And approximately 10 years later, despite being chained to another Roman soldier 24/7, Paul tells us that he gives thanks to God every time he thinks of the Philippian church. 

 Why? This next verse in Philippians 1:5 tells us why Paul is so joyful. As he continues by saying, “because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.”

 The word “partnership” is the Greek word koinōnia at it generally means “fellowship or communion.” The New King James Study Bible says that the word “partnership” was a commercial term that indicated a joint-partnership in a business venture in which all parties actively participated to ensure the success of the business. 

 Scholars believe that Paul may be using this word “partnership” here to refer to the financial contributions that he received from the members of the Philippian church.

 It’s interesting to note that while Paul was in house arrest awaiting trial in Rome, he lived in rented quarters. And even though he could not leave, he was still responsible for his own meals and clothes. Now, because he was a Roman citizen, he did receive a daily food allowance, but he depended upon friends and fellow Christian believers to supply his food for him. 

But not only did the believers in Philippi partner with Paul financially, they also partnered with him by extended a helping hand. 

From the first day of hearing the Gospel message, Lydia, the first Christian believer in Europe (who we learned about yesterday), opened her home to Paul, his traveling companions, and new believers, making it the first Christian Church in Europe. 

Also, the jailer where Paul and Silas were imprisoned while in Philippi partnered with Paul. He and his whole household believed and were baptized. He washed Paul and Silas’s wounds, gave them a meal in his home, and a place to stay for the night. And I think we can safely assume he had quite a testimony that he shared with others about the night of the great prison earthquake, and who knows how many people were led to Christ because of that.

From the first day of becoming a Christian, the believers in Philippi partnered with Paul in the gospel. They dedicated their lives to ensure the success of building God’s church in Europe. 

Your simple truth for today: What church or ministry does God have you partnering with right now? Do you have a home church? If not, I encourage you to find one that you can devote your life to serving and supporting, just as the Philippian church did with Paul. 

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I’m Julie Carruth. And I’ll see you again tomorrow.