Division and anxiety mark the church of Jesus Christ today. Denominations, churches, families, and individuals are fragmented, confused, and depressed. A revival of unity and joy is needed, but it must first begin in the heart of a yielded believer. In the first century the same situation prevailed in the church at Philippi. Paul wrote this epistle to produce a oneness of joy within the members of that assembly. In our contemporary society, a fresh study of this epistle is needed by each Christian. Do you have inner joy? Are you humble? Do you believe that God is in control? Study Philippians with the aid of this book, and let God transform your heart and mind.
“Expectation is the outward manifestation of hope, whereas hope is the inward conviction of heart. The former is the effect, and the latter is the cause.” (Page 63)
“Paul wrote this epistle to produce a oneness of joy within the members of that assembly.” (Page 7)
“There was no competition between the two nor did Timothy seek to displace Paul” (Page 123)
“Second, it was done consistently (‘as always, so now’). He did not vacillate.” (Page 65)
“Fourth, its sphere was in the ‘body.’ A. T. Robertson observed: ‘It is harder often to make Christ great in the body than in the spirit.’5 The body, of course, is the arena in which natural life occurs and which death so forcefully attacks. It is the most observable feature of human existence. It is impossible to talk about the magnification of Christ in one’s thoughts and feelings without seeing a visible demonstration. People watch what others do and say. There can be no glorification of God in the spirit without the body being involved.” (Page 66)
Dr. Robert Gromacki is Distinguished Professor of Bible and Greek at Cedarville University and Pastor of Grace Community Baptist Church in Washington Court House, Ohio. He is the author of numerous books, including his popular textbook, New Testament Survey, and the commentaries in The Gromacki Expository Series (7 Vols.).He is also a contributor to Understanding Christian Theology. Gromacki is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M.) and Grace Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, Indiana (Th.D.).