Philippians

Philippians 4:2-7 Working Together With Joy And Peace.

Fellow labourers in the gospel do not always agree. This can be a great obstacle in the work. Paul implores Euodia and Syntyche to resolve their differences, “to be of the same mind.” (v. 2) Paul also urges his companion there to help them, for they were faithful in their support of those who laboured in the word (v. 3) These are those who have their names written in the Book of Life, those who through both word and deed convinced Paul that they were among the elect of God. This is cause for rejoicing (v. 4). It may be that Paul was addressing a pastoral protégé, but he certainly would have all the saints be gentle with each other (v. 5). It is likely that Paul has in view the end of the old covenant administration when he writes that, “the Lord is at hand.”

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be known unto God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (vv. 6-7) “Be anxious for nothing.” Do not worry about anything. Only those who have a firm belief in God’s sovereignty can grasp this reality. God is in control, and part of that will, is to predestine the means as well as the end-in this case prayer. It is only those who live in the light of these truths who can have true peace. This is all in Christ Jesus-there is no other way. Human understanding alone cannot come up with this, this comes by God choosing to reveal these truths. Instead of anxiety we have peace. Instead of worry we have trust.

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