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Philippians, Chapter Two, Lesson Four

THE JOY OF FAITHFULNESS           Page 3
V.20 (Cont'd.)

** What does Paul mean by "kindred" spirit?

isopsuchos - lit. "like-minded"

This term is used only here in this verse, in all of the New Testament and is a compound word coming from:

isos - meaning "equal"
psuche - meaning "breath, the soul"

Paul is saying that he and Timothy have the same heartbeat, same mindset and the same concerns toward the Word of God and for other believers. Further, he is saying that there is "no one else" with which he can share on such a deep personal level.

** Is Paul saying that there are no other Christians around him?

No - there were thousands! Remember "the whole praetorian guard" from Philippians 1:13 - some 9000 strong and "everyone else". He is saying that they just do not share Paul's concern or heartbeat for the Philippians like Timothy does.

** What does this verse say about how Timothy feels for the Philippians?

He is "genuinely" concerned for their welfare. cf. 1Peter 1:22

V.21 ** What is the problem with the other Christians there in Rome? Why don't they share Paul's concern for the Philippians?

"...they all seek after their own interest..."

** What has Paul already said here in chapter two, that these self-centered Christians in Rome need to hear?

"...do not merely look out for your own personal interest, but also for the interests of others."
(Philippians 2:4)

** Do you suppose that "their own interests" were evil?

Not necessarily - they are just different from "those of Christ Jesus". Some of them did have evil or sinful interests. cf. Philippians 1:15-17 and 2Timothy 4:10 and 16 regarding his second imprisonment some five or six years later.

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