by Harley Howard

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The Epistle to the Philippians Chapter 1:1-5 (1 of 16)
Harley Howard

1 Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to
all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi,
with the bishops and deacons:

The epistle to the Philippians is one of the greatest
epistles in the bible.

One of the reasons why I believe that this epistle is
one of the greatest epistles in the Bible is because
of the great themes that are contained in the epistle

For example, this epistle is a declaration to the
church to pursue and maintain humility, and not the
humility of any human effort, but humility after the
divine example—Christ Jesus Himself, who is the
epitome of humility as this epistle or letter will
reveal in chapter 2. Christ is the epitome, the
embodiment and personification of humility because He,
being God, the Son, became a human being and a
servant, and died the most horrific death imaginable,
and to have the sin of the world to be placed upon Him
makes His act the epitome of humility that the world
has ever known. Now, it is from that platform that
Paul used to remind the church that all proper
Christian behavior in the church is shaped and
maintained by the example of this great humility.

Paul then gives 2 examples of humility—Timothy, his
son in the faith who he trusted above all others, and
Epaphroditus, who was a member of the Philippian
church, who demonstrated such a greatness in humility
in his service to Paul that he almost died to make
sure that Paul’s needs were supplied.

In chapter 3 Paul gives us insight into his pre-
conversion experience and the uselessness of a self-
righteousness based religion, which is the only
alternative to saving grace. This is very important in
any age, including ours, where self-righteousness

Chapter 4 is the peace and joy chapter! We will
examine these truths in greater detail as we go
through this epistle.

Paul founded t ...

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