Closing out the Introduction:
This is the final post introducing the Book of Philippians.
As we leave the introduction notes and begin with the Book of Philippians we are faced with a promise that contains a promise.
The promise is that suffering will come to believers. But in this promise is the promise of assurance that each suffering can be faced by faith with joy in the Holy Spirit. Let's look at the Scriptures on the promise within a promise.
Philippians 1:3-4 ESV I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, (4) always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy,
Philippians 2:16-17 ESV holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. (17) Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all.
Philippians 4:4 ESV Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.
Philippians 4:11-13 ESV Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. (12) I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. (13) I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
Charles Morris. Founder and Senior Pastor of RSIM USA.