Sept. 16, 2020

What Does Philippians 1:7 Mean?

What Does Philippians 1:7 Mean?

Philippians 1:7 (NIV): It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart and, whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me.

A SNAPSHOT OF TODAY'S BIBLE VERSE OF THE DAY

Paul defends his reason for feeling thankful and joyful for the Philippians.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN IN THIS 3-MINUTE BIBLE STUDY PODCAST

  • What does the original Greek language mean when Paul says it is his "right for me to feel this way?"
  • Why did partnering with Paul come at a cost for the believers in Philippi?
  • What does Paul mean when he says "all of you share in God's grace with me?"

PREVIOUS EPISODES IN THE SIMPLE TRUTH THROUGH PHILIPPIANS

Introduction to Philippians
Philippians 1:1 (Part 1)
Philippians 1:1 (Part 2)
Philippians 1:2
Philippians 1:3-4
Philippians 1:5
Philippians 1:6

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Transcript

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

We’ve been studying a beautiful letter written by the Apostle Paul to the church in Philippi. Paul has been expressing his thankfulness for the believers in Philippi, and he gives us 2 reasons. 

One, because they partnered with Paul in the spreading of the gospel message and two, because he is confident that God will complete the good work He started in the Philippians. 

Today, Paul defends his reason for being thankful when he says in Philippians 1 verse 7, “It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart and, whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me.” 

Paul says it is right for him to feel this way. This word “right” in the Greek language gives the idea that Paul’s feelings were in perfect accord with God’s will. 

And these feelings were right because he says “I have you in my heart.” This could also be translated as “you have me in your heart.” And again, it becomes evident that the love Paul has for this incredibly giving church is mutual.  

But, for the Philippians, it came at a cost. 

You see, at the time of Paul’s letter, people were ashamed to be associated with someone who was in the custody of the Roman government. Paul already had somewhat of a rebel-like reputation in Philippi. According to Acts 16, Paul, along with Silas, had been charged for throwing the city into an uproar and were accused of advocating customs unlawful for Romans to practice.  

And the believers in Philippi were putting their very lives in danger by identifying with Paul.

Now, here’s where the Simple Truth isn’t quite so simple to understand. When Paul says “all of you share in God’s grace with me” what exactly is he saying?  

Some scholars seem to think that Paul believed a divine blessing would come from his efforts to further the gospel, and because the Philippians have partnered with him, they too would experience and share these divine blessings. 

Other scholars believe it could also mean that because of their close connection with him, it was like they were there with him when he was bound with him while in prison. It was like they were with him when he defended his case before Caesar. It was like they were with him spreading the gospel message in this new region, and because of this, they felt the same power and Grace of God that Paul experienced. 

So your simple truth for today: As a Christian, you are a part of God’s family and because of this you share equally in God’s transforming power of love and blessings.