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Philippians, Chapter Two, Lesson Four


The Joy of Faithfulness


V.19 ** As Paul opens our passage, he is waiting for the verdict of his Roman imprisonment. However, this is not a time of idleness for Paul. (cf. Philippians 1:12) What is it that he wants to do?

He wants to send Timothy to the Philippians.

** Is he sending Timothy because he is looking out for himself, and wants the Philippians to help him?

No - He is concerned about them and will be encouraged when he learns about their condition. The apostle Paul would always desire to be spent on behalf of those he loved, rather than to gain anything from them. cf. Philippians 2:17

I would like us to take a long look at this next thought...

** How expensive will it be to Paul to send Timothy?

In order to answer that question, let's look at the riches of their relationship.

2Timothy 3:14-15 - Timothy was raised learning and trusting in the word of God.
Acts 16:1-2 - Timothy was well spoken of by the brethren in Lystra and Iconium.
1Corinthians 4:17 - Timothy was Paul's "beloved and faithful child in the Lord".
Romans 16:21 - Timothy was Paul's "fellow worker".
1Thessalonians 3:1-2 - Timothy was "God's fellow worker in the gospel of Christ".

We can see by all of this, that Paul derived great joy from Timothy's faithfulness and to send him anywhere would be very costly indeed.

** Do you have a Timothy type in your life? What if it became necessary to let go of that beloved brother or sister, so they could go off to help someone else in their service to Christ?

We would then experience first hand some of what the apostle Paul went through by sacrificing his own needs on behalf of the Philippians.

V.20 ** Before you can answer that question, let's continue in Paul's thought. Not only does he give up someone who is personally valuable to him - someone he needs and loves, but with what does that leave him?

"No one else of kindred spirit".

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