"It is given" should be "it was given," referring to the gift bestowed when they became Christians. b. 18) and he wrote them this The mere existence of the Bible is a demonstration that God is good and kind to ungrateful and evil men (Luke 6:35). Philippians 1:24. ἐπιμένειν, to abide longer)— ἀναγκαιότερον, more necessary) It appertains more to me [I feel it more desirable], he says, even with a view to the perception of my love [on your part]; more than even the access to blessedness just now mentioned. When references are found in other StudyLight.org reference tools, a hyperlink will appear in the right-hand column, allowing you to move to that resource and expand your Bible study. The construction of the next clause is reduplicated. the things before (i.e. (Acts ch. Suffering for Christ is not only not a mark of God's anger, but a gift of His grace. Thanksgiving and Prayer. âIt hath been grantedâ: âFor you have had the privilege grantedâ (Wey). The Greek father dwells on the value of the gift, and uses this striking comparison-this divine gift is higher than raising the dead; “for, in this case, I am only a debtor;” but, “in the other” (“if I suffer for Christ”), “I have Christ as a debtor to me.” The language is bold, indeed, and rhetorical, and not without an element of truth. was about to return from Rome to Philippi, he had an opportunity to Romans 3:25-26; Ephesians 1:13. It is a tender, warm-hearted, loving Philippians 1:18-29 New International Version (NIV) 18 But what does it matter? I do not deny, indeed, that God rewards the right use of his gifts of grace by bestowing grace more largely upon us, provided only you do not place merit, as they do, in opposition to his unmerited liberality and the merit of Christ. the writing. for (to reach, with a view to; or perhaps simply in the direction of: see reff. Date. ῞οτι ὑμῖν ἐχαρίσθη τὸ ὑπὲρ χριστοῦ οὐ μόνον τὸ εἰς αὐτὸν τιστεύειν, ἀλλὰ καὶ τὸ ὑπὲρ αὐτοῦ πάσχειν- “For to you was it granted, on behalf of Christ not only to believe on Him, but also on behalf of Him to suffer.” The pronoun ὑμῖν has an emphatic prominence. 1:12-26. The word is used by St. Paul (1 Corinthians 2:12) of the things that are ‘freely given’ to us by God. The prospect of suffering was apt to terrify them. 5:10) Ð¸ Ð²ÐµÑÐ½ÑÑ Ð½Ð°Ð³ÑÐ°Ð´Ñ (1ÐÐµÑ. He found in them constant reasons for It was not only Jesus Who explained that the Christian life would entail much suffering but also Peter, James, and the apostle Paul. It is given - to suffer for His sake (ἐχαρίσθη τὸ ὑπὲρ - αὐοτῦ πάσχειν) Every word here is significant. The Philippians were extremely giving towards Paul, both when he was with them (Acts 16:15, 16:32-34) and when he was apart from them (2 Corinthians 8:1-7, 9:1-4, and 11:9). Opposition Bringing Suffering is an expository sermon on Philippians 1:29-30 highlighting the second challenge Christians face when attempting to live out the gospel in its full power. our Lord, under different names, is referred to. In the behalf of Christ; for the purpose of honoring him. But the Lord, who sees what we are, as well as what we need, apportions out suffering to our several states and necessities. “When a limitation of an infinitive or of its subject is to be negatived rather than the infinitive itself, the negative is used instead of . It is not simply -the token to you is of God, for on you He has conferred the double grace of faith and suffering; but it is-you have a token of salvation which others have not; for, while others have faith, you have more. The suffering has a reference as personal as the faith- εἰς αὐτόν- ὑπὲρ αὐτοῦ. His one object is to inspirit the Christians at Philippi, by showing that undauntedness in the midst of their tribulation would be an evidence of salvation granted by God; for the twofold gift of faith and suffering is from Him, the one as securing, and the other as foretokening salvation. All have to walk in the footsteps of a self-denying and crucified Jesus; all have painfully to feel what it is to be at times under the rod, and experience those chastisements of God, whereby they are proved to be sons, and not bastards. It is the privilege of suffering for Jesus Christ. 'To believe on Him' [ eis (Greek #1519) auton (Greek #846) pisteuein (Greek #4100)] is to believe in, and trust through, Him to obtain eternal salvation. On this grant and its gracious nature, see above on Philippians 1:7. If the Captain of our salvation was "a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief," must not the common soldiers, who occupy the ranks of the spiritual army, be baptized into the same sufferings, and taste in their measure of that cup which he drank to the very dregs? ... Verse 29. Verses 1-30. which defeat overthrew the Roman Oligarchy, and Augustus The same Spirit, who calls the believer to walk in a path of suffering, strengthens and enables him to do so. For unto you it is given, &c.— For it is granted to you as a favour, on the part of Christ. Compare 1 Peter 4:13-14. As to the form of the sentence, this is a favourite rhetorical device of Paul’s. . furnished him a home while he continued his work in the city. For to you it has been granted for Christ's sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake, To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use the convenient, Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament, The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary, International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ -, For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ. no logical plan or doctrinal arguments. The English version is therefore wrong in taking τὸ ὑπὲρ χ. absolutely—“to you it is given in the behalf of Christ.” It is a weak dilution of the phrase ὑπὲρ χριστοῦ, to render it “in Christ's cause,” as is done by Matthies and Rilliet, after Beza and Zanchius. Soon school will close for us, the end of our school term is closer everyday. It was the place For Study and Discussion. It is a double gift: (1), . For to you it is given, with... Study verse in the Wesley's New Testament (1755) letter. 'To believe Him' would merely mean to believe He speaks the truth. The object of the apostle is to encourage the Philippian church, and not, as Chrysostom supposes, to warn it against pride, by ascribing its faith and its suffering alike to God. Matthew 5:11-12; Romans 5:3; 2 Corinthians 12:10. The City. therefore, a fit center of evangelism for all Europe. It is an informal letter with it. It belonged to Thrace until 358 B. C., when it was seized by 29.To believe. Philippians 1 Verse 1 Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, to all the saints in Christ Jesus that are in Philippi, with the bishops and deacons. To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use the convenient. Because God has given you to suffer, as well as to believe. Click the Bible for the all new StudyLight.org!! Philippians 1, Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this modernly written verse-by-verse commentary leads the reader with accuracy and insight Philip, king of Macedon, father of Alexander the Great It was the Choose a chapter and verse from 'Philippians' to begin your 'Verse-by-Verse' study of God's Word using the more than 100 commentaries available on StudyLight.org StudyLıght .org . To emphasise the real value of suffering for Christ’s sake, he compares it with that which they all acknowledge as the crowning blessing of their lives, faith in Him. Philippians 1:30. (3) The choice between life death, James 1:3-4; 1 Peter 1:6-7). all trade and traders going eastward and westward must pass, and was, utterance of love and gratitude. beaten and put in prison, but through prayer they were released by an By a vision from God he went to not only to believe on him, but also to suffer in his behalf. .âThe original shows that St. Paul speaks as if he originally intended simply to say âit is given on behalf of Christ to suffer.â But to show whence the impulse of that brave willingness to suffer proceeds, he inserts ânot only to believe on Him,â and then finishes the sentence, âbut on His behalf to suffer.â, "For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake." After the Lord, by his special work on the conscience, has called us to repentance and confession of sin, as well as to faith in Jesus; after he has called us to godly sorrow; to live according to the precepts of the gospel; and to walk in the ordinances of his Church; he then calls us to suffer for and with Christ. Philippians 1:29 For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him, Jump to: Bible Study Tools • Parallel Bible Verse • Bible Contextual Overview • Bible Verse Review • Bible Cross-References • Gill's Bible Notes • Clarke's Bible Notes • Barnes' Bible Notes “Super-saints” look for some gift to set them apart from other Christians â every gift, that is, except the one that is offered to all (Philippians 3:10-11). âTo give graciously; âto show favor or kindnessââ (Jackson p. 38). It is remarkable for its Is was on the great highway through which What concerns the former relation is a matter of indifference; what concerns the other touches the groundwork of our nature and the design for which we were created. earthquake which also resulted in the conversion of the jailer D. 62. 2 If, then, there is any encouragement in Christ, if any consolation of love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, 2 make my joy complete by thinking the same way, having the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. (1) Paul as a good minister, 1:3-8. (29) For (or, because) unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ.--The force lies, first, in the phrase "it is given" (rather, it was given, from the beginning)--for the original signifies "it was granted as a privilege" or "favour" (as in Acts 27:24; 1Corinthians 2:12; Galatians 3:18)--and next in the words "on behalf of Christ. send them a letter of thanks (Phil. (10) The expression of joy and rejoicing. Philippians 1:29. ’ . The reasons adduced by Chrysostom and his followers for the apostle's sentiment cannot be all sustained. That he may intimate the more distinctly that both are unmerited, he says expressly â for Christâs sake, or at least that they are given to us on the ground of Christâs grace; by which he excludes every idea of merit. Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible. But when they view suffering in its true light, they will discover that it is a gift of God’s grace ( .) Ephesus to Macedonia (Acts 20 2 Cor 2:12-13; 7:5-6). Philippians 1:29. preached at a woman's prayer-meeting, where Lydia was converted. They also sent him assistance (Phil. The sentence is shaped as though St. Paul had at the outset meant to speak of the sufferings first: ‘It is given you to suffer in behalf of Christ;’ but the change which is introduced by the thought ‘not only to believe on Him’ necessitates a repetition of the first portion of the clause, ‘in his behalf.’ ‘In his behalf’ implies for the sake of all that will help to spread His gospel. (Philippians 1:30) Click the Bible to visit the new StudyLight.org being developed!! Philippians 1:29 âbecause to you it hath been granted in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on Him, but also to suffer in His behalfâ. He wisely conjoins faith with the cross by an inseparable connection, that the Philippians may know that they have been called to the faith of Christ on this condition â that they endure persecutions on his account, as though he had said that their adoption can no more be separated from the cross, than Christ can be torn asunder from himself. Philippians 1:29. Greeting. It is given - `as a favour' [ echaristhe (Greek #2169)] or 'gift of grace.' ... Acts 16:12, and now hear to be in me, Philippians 1:30. on StudyLight.org The Character and Purpose of the Letter. friend and brother presenting the essential truths of the gospel in Philippians 1:29 For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake; Jump to: Bible Study Tools • Parallel Bible Verse • Bible Contextual Overview • Bible Verse Review • Bible Cross-References • Gill's Bible Notes • Clarke's Bible Notes • Barnes' Bible Notes I. Paul's Present Situation and Feeling. Suffering is one of the tools God uses to mold his children into vessels that bring glory to His Son (cf. Philippians 1:29(NASB) Verse Thoughts. 4:13). Making request for you all : Paul prayed for the Philippians and he did so with joy . 1 Chronicles 29:14 - 'But who am I and who are my people that we should be able to offer as generously as this? And however the suffering may differ, all have to pass through the furnace; for the Lord brings "the third part through the fire." âBut also to suffer in His behalfâ: New Testament Christians viewed suffering for Christ as a privilege and honor (Acts 5:41). —At conversion, as a free bestowment of grace for Christ’s sake, as are all spiritual gifts. necessity of cultivating unselfishness and the blessing derived from Compare Acts 9:16. Faith is the gift of God (Ephesians 2:8), not worked in the soul by the will of man, but by the Holy Spirit (John 1:12-13). On this destiny of the body compare 1 Corinthians 15:15, 1 Corinthians 15:20, 35-56; Philippians 3:21; Romans 8:11; 2 Corinthians 4:14; 1 Thessalonians 4:14. It was Himself for whom they suffered, and not for their own convictions and belief about Him. While then τὸ εἰς αὐτὸν πιστεύειν is ὄργανον σωτηρίας, this τὸ ὑπὲρ χριστοῦ πάσχειν becomes ἔνδειξις σωτηρίας. Philippians 1:29-30 English Standard Version (ESV). The Apostle intended to insert after ., but for a moment he pauses. (2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (7) Worthy meditations, 4:8-9. . God runs a costly school, for many of his lessons are learned through tears! the perfection not yet reached), I pursue (on διώκω absolute, see note, Philippians 3:12) towards the goal (the contrary of ἀπὸ σκοποῦ, beside the mark, Plato, Tim. The one secures it, the other foreshows it. His sake also. Such suffering in believers, who, nevertheless, are in nothing terrified by their adversaries, is a divine gift, as well as faith, and indeed presupposes it; for no one can suffer for Christ till he has believed on Him. Suffering even perfected the Lord Jesus ( Hebrews 2:10). You are called to suffer, and your courage in suffering is an augury of salvation. Thus, every child of God is called, sooner or later, to "suffer with Christ;" and he that suffers not with Christ, will not reign with him ( 2 Timothy 2:12). This passage is also at variance with the doctrine of the schoolmen, in maintaining that gifts of grace latterly conferred are rewards of our merit, on the ground of our having made a right use of those which had been previously bestowed. Here Paul clearly testifies, that faith, as well as constancy in enduring persecutions, (91) is an unmerited gift of God. Doddridge, Heylin, &c. St. Paul very skilfully diverts them from viewing persecution under its most frightful appearance, and leads them to consider it as a gift and an honour conferred upon them. . If the Lord of the house, then, had to travel in this dark and gloomy path of suffering, can his disciples escape? We are inclined to join this clause immediately to (so also Hpt). God"s very word to mankind is an act of grace (Acts 20:32). Ð¡ÑÑÐ°Ð´Ð°Ð½Ð¸Ðµ Ð²ÐµÑÑÑÑÐµÐ³Ð¾ â ÑÑÐ¾ Ð´Ð°Ñ Ð±Ð»Ð°Ð³Ð¾Ð´Ð°ÑÐ¸, ÐºÐ¾ÑÐ¾ÑÑÐ¹ Ð´Ð°ÐµÑ ÑÐ¸Ð»Ñ (2ÐÐ¾Ñ. He Plans to Communicate with Them, 2:19 end. 11. The apostle felt that Christ's cause and Himself were one; nay more, so personal was the love of the early Christians, so much did the Redeemer Himself stand out in close relation to themselves, that the mere abstract idea of his cause never occurred to them. Philippians 1:29. … also, &c. = to suffer for (App-104.) Philippians 1:29 • Philippians 1:29 NIV • Philippians 1:29 NLT • Philippians 1:29 ESV • Philippians 1:29 NASB • Philippians 1:29 KJV • Philippians 1:29 Commentaries • Philippians 1:29 Bible Apps • Philippians 1:29 Biblia Paralela • Philippians 1:29 Chinese Bible • Philippians 1:29 French Bible • Philippians 1:29 German Bible For all things come from You, and from Your hand we have given You. (9) Point out all the teachings of the book on the imperfection, 3:12-16. prayer for the Philippians, 1:9-11. Chapter 1. âNot only to believe on Himâ: Just having the opportunity to hear God"s word (Romans 10:17), is a gift from God, that is, we have not merited or even earned the right to listen to God"s message. It rests indeed upon the sense that it is a privilege to suffer (see Acts 5:41) in the cause of truth, yet still more on the belief that such suffering is for no abstract principle, but on behalf of Christ and with Christ. All believers have received a gracious gift from God. missionary journey, A. D. 52. The older expositors strain the apostle's language, when they employ it as a polemical weapon against different forms of Pelagianism: for he simply regards their condition generally and in both its features as a divine gift, or as the result of God's kindness. Philippians 1:29 - Two wonderful privileges: To believe/trust in Christ and to suffer for Christ. information the book gives concerning Paul's condition at the time of ), Not only to believe . To suffer aright, we must walk in the steps of the great Captain of our salvation, who "though a Song of Solomon, yet learned obedience by the things which he suffered." Vincent's Word Studies. Chr.) He perhaps visited them again on his journey from For - the double favour bestowed on you is a proof that this is an evident token from God of your salvation; 'Because,' etc. The apostle is not teaching dogmatically that faith is of God's inworking; but he is telling historically that faith and suffering had been theirs, and that the coexistence of the two being a privilege of divine bestowment, warranted them to regard their undaunted belief as a token of salvation. After saying τὸ ὑπὲρ χ., the apostle seems to have intended to add πάσχειν; but he interjects a new thought- οὐ μόνον-for the sake of an illustrative emphasis, and then resumes by repeating ὑπὲρ αὐτοῦ. 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