Sept. 17, 2020

What Does Philippians 1:8-9 Mean?

What Does Philippians 1:8-9 Mean?

Philippians 1:8-11 (NIV): God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.

And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.

A SNAPSHOT OF TODAY'S BIBLE VERSE OF THE DAY

Paul expresses his affection for the Philippians and teaches us how to pray for other believers.

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

  • What does Paul mean when he says he longs with the "affection of Christ Jesus?"
  • What ONE thing Paul prays for in this prayer?
  • What does the original Greek language tell us about this kind of love Paul prays over us?
  • My prayer over you this weekend

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
Philippians 1:7

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Transcript

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

 This week, we’ve been studying Paul’s letter to the Philippians. Paul has expressed his joy and thankfulness for the Philippians and his confidence that God would finish what he started. 

 In Chapter One verse 8, Paul writes of his incredible affection for the believers in Philippi when he says, “God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.”

 What Paul is literally saying is that he and Christ are so united, they are so connected, that Paul feels the love and affection that Christ has for the Philippians.

 And it’s with this love and affection that Paul lifts up the believers in Philippi in prayer. 

 It’s interesting to note that Paul tells them exactly what he’s praying and notice it’s not for physical things, but rather Paul prays about the condition of their heart. 

 In Philippians 1:9-11 he writes, “And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.”

 This is a very deep prayer, and we’re going to take time to really study everything he says over the next few episodes. 

 And I believe that as you dive deeper and study this prayer with me, you’ll begin praying it over yourself, your children, grandchildren, friends, enemies. 

 Today, I want you to notice that this prayer focuses on one main thing. Paul says, “I pray that your LOVE may abound more and more.” Can you just say that with me? Seriously! “I pray that your LOVE may abound more and more.” I’m even making my own kids memorize this. Praying scripture is powerful!

 Now, in the Greek language, this word here for love is agape love. This is God’s love. It’s not a friendship love. It’s not a romantic kind of love. It’s a self-less kind of love. It’s the kind of love that says “No matter what you do or say to me, I will still love you. No matter what it costs me, I will still love you.” This kind of love says, “What can I do for you?” Not, “What can I get out of this for me?” 

 So your Simple Truth is more a prayer: God, I pray that you speak to my brother or sister in christ this weekend. God, open their heart and mind to deeply understand this agape type of love that you have for them, and once they grasp this type of love, Paul’s prayer will become even more incredible for them to pray over others. 

 Make sure you continue to join us every day next week, as we explore the depths and meaning of this life-changing prayer. 

 I’m Julie Carruth. I’ll see you again soon.