Scripture quoted by permission. Well, Paul gives us both a foundational reason that this is so and an explanation of the way in which we are to pursue peace that passes understanding. 7 And uthe peace of God, vwhich surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. A Familiar Feeling. As Paul starts to draw his Philippian letter to a conclusion, he implores certain of the sisters there to be of the same mind, and to live in unity of spirit, one with the other. Both the extended greetings at the beginning of Paul’s many epistles and the lengthy farewells at the end, give us a wealth of information on God plans and purposes for His Church and teach us much on living the Christian life, in the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. I drew the prayers almost as a sort of “incense” (Psalm 141:1-2) offered to God in both thanksgiving (for the ability to come to Him in Christ) and appeal. Copyright © 2020, Bible Study Tools. Help me to walk a walk of watchfulness, knowing that You are returning very soon – and enable me to stand fast in the evil day, to rejoice in the Lord always, to live in the light of Your presence and to let a spirit of gentleness be evident to all, with whom I come in contact – this I ask in Jesus name, AMEN. First, Paul calls the Philippians to be “anxious for nothing,” and second, he calls them–in everything–to “let your requests be made known to God.” Be anxious for nothing, but instead, go to God with everything. In regard to anxieties and fears and the things that tempt us to worry, we need to take on the heart-posture of children in need of their Father….and that looks like genuinely, humbly, unashamedly making our requests known to God. This is the meaning of the Greek word, epieikes, translated "reasonableness" in the ESV. Philippians 4:4; Philippians 4:5–7 4 p Rejoice in the Lord always ; again I will say , rejoice . The sin-bearing, wrath-absorbing, righteousness-achieving sacrifice of Jesus on the cross is the work by which we are saved. 5 Let your reasonableness[a] be known to everyone. But we are not fellow partners with God–at least, not in this way. For all of its heart-strengthening beauty, and for all of the glorious foundational statements found in these few verses, there are only two commands, a negative and a positive, and I wanted to visually communicate them both in this image. Philippians THE WARRIOR PEACE Php 4:7. All rights reserved worldwide. 26:3; Col. 3:15]; See John 14:27. 1. Philippians 4:5-7 English Standard Version (ESV). What does Philippians 4:5 mean? Call us at 888-634-2038. [⇑ See verse text ⇑] In addition to rejoicing, Paul encouraged his readers to be known for gentleness, patience, and moderation. ESV Study Bible, Personal Size (TruTone Imitation Leather, Brown with Mosaic Cross Design), ESV Single Column Journaling Bible (Customizable Cover), ESV Journaling Bible, Interleaved Edition--Imitation leather with summer garden design, ESV Scripture Journal: New Testament Boxed Set of 19, ESV MacArthur Study Bible--soft leather-look, olive with Celtic cross design, Psalms, ESV Illuminated Scripture Journal. 5 Let your reasonableness [] be known to everyone. 5 Let your reasonableness 1 be known to everyone . This is part two of a three part series on Philippians 4:1-9, Finding the Peace of God. Why does Paul not say, “Don’t be anxious, but instead remember Christ!” Why rather does he say, “Don’t be anxious, but instead make your requests known”? Dread in light of the possibility, the potential for harm, for embarrassment, for loss. The Lord is at hand - Is near; see the Philippians 3:20 note; 1 Corinthians 16:22 note. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus." It suggests one who is kind and considerate, tender-hearted and compassionate, merciful and forgiving, good-natured and sweet-tempered. 9; Isa. The specific passage is Philippians 4:6-7 (New International Version), which states: Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. I think the reason might be that God will not grant the peace of Christ-applied to a prideful heart. Please try again soon. Especially note that the out-poured prayers of the man are passing through the wounds of Christ. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. The Ethiopic version renders it, "your authority", which by no means agrees; for moderation lies not in exerting authority and power to the uttermost, at least with rigour, but in showing clemency and lenity; not dealing with men according to the severity of laws and strict justice, but according to equity, and with mildness and gentleness; giving up strict and proper right, receding from what is a man's due, and not … Get beautiful Bible art delivered to your inbox. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica. Philippians 4:7, CSB: "And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:5-7 The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. The Lord is near. But, before I move to explain the image, I want to ask one question that stumped me for a time as I prepared to visually exegete this passage, and it is this: If the peace we are given is the application of Christ to anxiety-besieged our hearts and minds, then why is the making known of our requests a necessary part of the equation? q The Lord is at hand; 6 r do not be anxious about anything, s but in everything by prayer and supplication t with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. I was reciting Philippians 4:6 when the two little words, “with thanksgiving” jumped out at me, and the Lord reminded me that I had failed to give thanks for this difficult situation. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Philippians 4:5-7 Let your gentleness be evident to all. Your Faithlife account signs you in to all our sites. Salem Media Group. Now, those two commands are staggering in the breadth and seeming impossibility of their application. q The Lord is at hand ; 6 r do not be anxious about anything , s but in everything by prayer and supplication t with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God . Paul gives a reason that the spirit of gentleness should be evident to all – because the LORD is near. How can we be anxious about nothing? Notice also that the prayers take on the form of a dove at the top of the picture. And it confounds human understanding just as surely as the act by which it was secured confounds the wise of this world (1 Corinthians 1:18-19). English Standard Version (ESV), [ver. Philippians 4:7, NLT: "Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. That is the simple center of this passage. First, the foundational reason comes at the very end of verse 5: “The Lord is at hand.” This is why any of what we read in verses 6-7 is possible. This has the appearance of being a phrase in common use among the early Christians, and as being designed to keep before their minds a lively impression of an event which ought, by its anticipation, to produce an important effect. But he doesn’t–thank goodness–end his exhortation there. τὸ ἐπιεικὲς, your kindly spirit [æquitas (53)]) Joy in the Lord produces true kindliness in regard to our neighbour, and proper unconcern [freedom from over-carefulness] about one’s own affairs, Philippians 4:6; likewise true candour towards men and God Himself: and this candour is … When we hold our anxieties inside and try to deal with them internally, when we “bottle up” rather than “pour out” our hearts, we are not acting like children of the Father….we are not acting like helpless sheep in need of a Shepherd…rather, we are acting like self-assured, confident fellow partners in a deal. The peace of Christ is poured out to those humble and child-like hearts that pour themselves out to God in genuine supplication, and it is withheld from those who feel themselves above offering this sort of desperate plea to the Lord. This is an attempt to show that the Holy Spirit Himself moves and motivates the prayers of God’s people and presents the curse-assailed groaning of our soul with perfect clarity before the throne of God (Romans 8:26-27). NIV®. This is because all of our peace is bound up in the cross of of God the Son. Inner turmoil over what might happen. Proud member 5 Let your reasonableness4 be known to everyone. Philippians 4:5 Treasury of Scripture Knowing. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. I. Sorry, an error was encountered while loading part of the book. As believers we have the indwelling Holy Spirit who is a Listener to every conversation, an Observer to our every action, a Guest at every mealtime and a Guide and Comforter for every eventuality that life may throw at us. Philippians 4:5–7 5 Let your reasonableness 4 be known to everyone. Sorry, an error was encountered while loading the book.

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