Nov. 13, 2020

What Does Philippians 2:19-24 Mean?

What Does Philippians 2:19-24 Mean?

Philippians 2:19-24 (NIV): I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, that I also may be cheered when I receive news about you. 20 I have no one else like him, who will show genuine concern for your welfare. 21 For everyone looks out for their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. 22 But you know that Timothy has proved himself, because as a son with his father he has served with me in the work of the gospel. 23 I hope, therefore, to send him as soon as I see how things go with me. 24 And I am confident in the Lord that I myself will come soon.

In today's verses, Paul continues teaching us what it looks like to live a humble life serving others by using his spiritual son, Timothy, as an example. 

Listen to this 2-minute Bible study to learn more about Timothy and his commitment to God and Paul.

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Transcript

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

In Philippians chapter 2 verses 5 to 11, Paul used the example of Christ to demonstrate a humble life. In the remainder of Chapter 2, Paul uses 2 other people to teach us the value of serving others. 

In today’s verses, Paul uses his spiritual son, Timothy to demonstrate this timeless lesson. Timothy helped Paul start the church in Philippi about 10 years prior to this letter. At the time of this letter, scholars estimate that Timothy would be around 40 years old 

So, Paul writes in Philippians 2:19 thru 20 (NKJV), “But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you shortly, that I also may be encouraged when I know your state. 20 For I have no one like-minded, who will sincerely care for your state.”

The Greek word here for “like-minded” means to think the same way. You see, whenever Paul was not able to personally go visit a church and he needed someone to go check in on a church, or send some advice or even a rebuke, he would often send Timothy in his place. So, here Paul is saying that Timothy would carry the burden of the Philippians in the same way that Paul, himself, would carry it. 

Paul continues in verse 21 by comparing Timothy’s devotion to Christ to everyone else’s lack of devotion He says,“For all seek their own, not the things which are of Christ Jesus.”

So, it’s like Paul is saying Timothy isn’t coming so that you can serve him. He’s coming to serve you and put your needs above his own. His motives are pure. 

Paul continues in verse 22, “But you know his proven character, that as a son with his father he served with me in the gospel. 23 Therefore I hope to send him at once, as soon as I see how it goes with me. 24 But I trust in the Lord that I myself shall also come shortly.”

So, your simple Truth for today is more of a question: Today, who are you serving? Yourself or Christ? I think many of us can admit that God still has some work to do in us so that we can become Christ here on earth for others.  

Have a blessed weekend. I’ll see you soon.