- Philippians 2:21-25
- Phil 2:21 (KJB)
- For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ's.
- Here is a definite word of admonishment to all Christians. Sometimes we
tend to put our own business above the Lord. We must be careful not to place
the Lord’s business second to ours. Here Paul is contrasting the attitude of
Timothy and some others he must have been acquainted with. Timothy had a
mindset of the Lord’s work first and it looks like the others had a mindset
of them first and if they have time, then comes the Lord. I remember about
20 years ago I was on a fundraiser for America’s Keswick
- (www.americaskeswick.org) for the purpose of building the Activity
Center for the colony men and for other events. I was given a list of people
to call. It contained those who had been good contributors to Keswick. One
phone call stands out in my mind. We were not calling for donations at that
time but for people to get involved and to help raise some funds for the
project. This person responded to my appeal as follows, “…my time is very
complicated…” In other words, I come first and my worldly endeavors and then
if I find time, maybe I can help. Of course, I never heard from him. I
wanted to ask him, “who gave you your time?” Since I was representing
Keswick, I did not pursue any form of communication which could have hurt
them. The problem is that this man’s response is typical of many Christians.
Some use the excuse that their family takes up all their time. Hey, pull
your kid out of a soccer game and go hand out tracts on the street instead.
The problem is that too many children run the households. It is their
demands that the parents rush to fulfill. Too many Christian parents forget
they are the parents and the children are the children. God did not give the
family to come between Him and them. We must never make excuses when the
Lord has a task for us.
- Phil 2:22 (KJB)
- But ye know the proof of him, that, as a son with the father, he
hath served with me in the gospel.
- The proof - Approved character
- Here the Apostle Paul treated Timothy with a father son relationship and
was willing to release him for the purpose of visiting the Philippians. They
knew full well the character of Timothy and how he was sold out to the
Gospel. Timothy had served with Paul in his gospel outreach and had earned
the respect of Paul to be given such a recommendation. Paul’s approval was
given only after you passed the test of faithfulness.
- Phil 2:23 (KJB)
- Him therefore I hope to send presently, so soon as I shall see
how it will go with me.
- Presently - At once
- Here Paul is stating that he is going to dispatch Timothy immediately
because he wanted to know how the Philippians were getting along and what
their spiritual state was. Paul was also probably going to find out about
his situation in prison, he may have believed that he was soon to be
released but no matter what the situation was, Paul always left his life and
situations in the hand of the Lord knowing that God guided him every step of
- Phil 2:24 (KJB)
- But I trust in the Lord that I also myself shall come shortly.
- While Paul was not totally sure what was going to happen next, he
trusted fully in the Lord who did know what was going to happen next. He had
hoped that he was going to be able to pay the Philippians a personal visit
but he always knew the Lord knew what was best for him. Paul had set a goal
of seeing the Philippians. Goal setting is a good practice for Christians.
Sometimes God may decide to cancel the goal or to reroute the way it is
accomplished, but nevertheless it shows an anticipation of accomplishment.
- Phil 2:25 (KJB)
- Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, and
companion in labour, and fellowsoldier, but your messenger, and he
that ministered to my wants.
- Fellow soldier - A fellow companion in Christianity
- Epaphroditus was a member of the church at Philippi. He had been a help
to the Apostle Paul and Paul called him his minister. He considered him a
fellow worker in the labor of the gospel. He also considered him a fellow
soldier which means that he saw him as another warrior in the fight against
the enemy. Epaphroditus had helped Paul but now Paul was sending him back
home probably in believing that he was soon to be released from prison. The
name Epaphroditus means lovely or charming.