Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Philippians, Day 3 Readings

Following Good Teaching      

Today's reading offers Paul's appreciation for the Philippians never being swayed by other Christian teachers -- like the so called "super-apostles" who beguiled the Corinthians and the Galatians.  This example of the Philippians faith in God has been a source of pride for Paul, encouraging him even in challenging times, and it means that God's transforming work in the Philippians continues.

Paul wants to do something to reward the faithfulness of the Philippians, but his imprisonment prevents his own travel.  Instead, Paul promises to send Timothy, his right-hand man, and Epaphroditus, one of the Philippians own members who had been working alongside Paul until a serious illness threatened his life.  Implicitly, Paul expects that the Philippians will accept the teaching of these co-workers as completely as they would from Paul himself.

Read Philippians 2:12-30  (NIV)   (NRSV)   (CEB)
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Reading the Bible in Its Entirety

If you are planning to read the Bible in its entirety, you should read Philippians 2:12-30 today.