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Philippians, Chapter Two, Lesson Four

V.21 (Cont'd.)

** So Paul is willing to give up his beloved Timothy, while at the same time being surrounded by believers who repeatedly let him down - all the while he is continually rejoicing. As we look even deeper into verse 21 we will learn the secret of how Paul was able to do this. What is it?

Paul only sought after the interests of Christ! By pointing out the error of those Christians in Rome, he is by implication showing us where his own heart was at; following after the will of Jesus.

cf. Ephesians 6:5-6 "...doing the will of God from the heart..."
Mark 3:35 "For whoever does the will of God, he is My brother and sister and mother."
1Peter 4:2 "live...for the will of God."

V.22 ** When we see faithfulness to the Lord in the heart of a brother or sister, it should always produce a joy in our own heart. And so it does with Paul, what does he say that the Philippians knew about Timothy?

They knew of his "proven worth" - dokimasia lit. "a testing" or "a proving"

The Philippians had seen Timothy in action and knew him to be trustworthy and faithful; of extreme value or worth to Paul, themselves and to the Lord.

** How was Timothy's faithfulness manifested?

"...he served with [Paul] in the furtherance of the gospel..."

** From what illustration in life does Paul draw to describe just how Timothy served with him?

The family! "...like a child serving his father."
Theirs was a tender, extremely valuable relationship, designed by God for the advancement of the kingdom. cf. 1Timothy 1:2, 18 and 2Timothy 1:2

This should leave no question in the mind of the reader as to how greatly Paul valued Timothy.

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