Hidden Treasures

The Bible is much more than a book of religion.

Philippians # 1 Introduction

We’re presently going through Paul’s Epistle to the Philippians in our Sunday evening services. As I prepare this for HIDDEN TREASURES I want to simply hit the key points in these studies from this Epistle.

 

Paul was imprisoned by the Roman Empire for preaching God’s Word.  The events leading up to his being taken to Rome for his trial and later his execution  began in Acts 18. I would encourage you to read of the events that led to his capture and journey to Rome in the exciting events described in Acts 18 through 28.   Actually you would do well to start in Acts 9 with his conversion when he was still known as Saul of Tarsus.

 

When he finally arrived in Rome, he was not yet in a dungeon awaiting execution. That time came later.  For now, he lived in his own private quarters in Rome, chained to guards day and night.  These guards were changed every six hours.  Can you imagine being chained to a guard day and night?  The chains were about 18 inches long, so there was not much privacy for Paul, whether he was sleeping, eating or whatever he needed to do.   

 

But can you imagine what it was like for those guards to be chained to Paul for six hours at a time? Talk about a captive audience! Acts 28:30-31 informs us that this house imprisonment went on for two years.  You can be sure those guards were thoroughly evangelized and taught the truths of God’s Word. Many were saved as they heard him explain the wonderful Gospel of the grace of God.  Philippians 1:12-13 and 4:22 speaks of the saints  in Caesar’s household who joined Paul in sending greetings to the church of Philippi. That included many of those guards.

 

Epaphroditus, a leader in the Church of Philippi had traveled to Rome with a financial gift from the Philippian Church for Paul.  Paul had received the gift and was greatly encouraged by their love and thoughtfulness.  This Epistle to the Philippians was a thank you note from Paul which Epaphroditus would take with him when he returned to Philippi.

 

Of course, coming from Paul, it was more than a thank you note.  It was an epistle of inspired truth concerning salvation and Christian living. I hope you will take time to read it and reread it several times as we work our way through Paul’s Epistle to the Philippians.  If you enjoy memorizing, this would be a great epistle to memorize and hide away in your heart.  I guarantee you that it will change your life.   

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March 4, 2009 - Posted by | Philippians

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