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"Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude (present imperative) in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus… So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out (present imperative) your salvation with fear and trembling for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure. Do (present imperative) all things without grumbling or disputing that you may prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world." (Php 2:3-5, 12-15-See notes Php 2:3-4; 5, 12; 13; 14-15)

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Philippians Inductive Study
16 lessons -- Lesson 1 can be downloaded as Pdf (Click above link)
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SEE ALSO: Philippians Inductive Study (recommended) - from Grace Bible Church

PHILIPPIANS COMMENTARY
VERSE BY VERSE COMMENTARY
Expositional and Devotional
Literal, conservative, millennial, evangelical
Frequent quotes, illustrations, cross references and word studies
In depth - e.g., there are the equivalent of 40 pages of notes on Philippians 1:1
Compiled by Bruce Hurt

PHILIPPIANS 1

PHILIPPIANS 2

PHILIPPIANS 3

PHILIPPIANS 4

HENRY ALFORD
Philippians Commentary
The New Testament for English Readers

HENRY ALFORD
Philippians Commentary
The Greek Testament

ANALYTICAL GREEK NEW TESTAMENT
Tony Fisher
Complete Parsing of the Greek Words

PAUL APPLE
117 Page Devotional Commentary on Philippians
April, 2001 (Revised Jan, 2003)

Philippians Devotional Commentary

For each section:

  • Thesis statement … to focus on the big idea
  • Analytical outline … to guide the understanding
  • Devotional questions … to encourage life application
  • Representative quotations … to stimulate deeper insight 

Frequent use of quotations. Here are samples:

  • John MacArthur: “A good definition of joy is this: it's the flag that flies on the castle of the heart when the King is in residence. Only Christians can know true and lasting joy.....Quote regarding the value of intercessory prayer: “William Barclay noted that George Reindrop in his book No Common Task tells how a nurse taught one man to pray and in doing so changed his whole life. ‘A dull, disgruntled, and dispirited man became a man of joy. Much of the nurse's work was done with her hands, and she used her hand as a scheme of prayer. Each finger stood for someone. Her thumb was nearest to her, and it reminded her to pray for those who were closest and dearest to her. The second finger was used for pointing and stood for all her teachers in school and the hospital. The third finger was the tallest and it stood for the V. I. P. s, the leaders in every sphere of life. The fourth finger was the weakest, as every pianist knows, and it stood for those who were in trouble and in pain. The little finger was the smallest and the least important and to the nurse it stood for herself’ (The Letters to the Philippians, Colossians, and Thessalonians, rev. ed. [Philadelphia: Westminster, 1975], pp. 13-14). “ (See also: Prayer Devotionals & illustrations, Pithy Prayer Phrases and Prayer Quotes)
     
  • Warren Wiersbe: "In spite of his difficult circumstances as a prisoner in Rome, Paul is rejoicing. The secret of his joy is the single mind; he lives for Christ and the Gospel. (Christ is named 18 times in chapter 1, and the Gospel 6 times.) 'For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain' (Php 1:21). But what really is 'the single mind'? It is the attitude that says, 'It makes no difference what happens to me, just as long as Christ is glorified and the Gospel shared with others.' Paul rejoiced in spite of his circumstances, because his circumstances strengthened the fellowship of the Gospel (Php 1:1-11), promoted the furtherance of the Gospel (Php 1:12-26), and guarded the faith of the Gospel (Php 1:27-30)… Paul uses three thoughts in Php 1:1-11 that describe true Christian fellowship: I have you in my mind (Php 1:3-6), I have you in my heart (Php 1:7-8), I have you in my prayers (Php 1:9- 11)." 
     
  • D A Carson: "The heart of true fellowship is self-sacrificing conformity to a shared vision....Put the priorities of the gospel at the center of your prayer life… It takes only a moment's reflection to see that all these petitions are gospel-centered. These are gospel prayers. That is, they are prayers offered to advance the work of the gospel in the lives of the Philippian believers. And, by asking for gospel fruit in their lives, the ultimate purpose of these petitions is to bring glory to the God who redeemed them."
     
  • James Montgomery Boice: "God Finishes What He Starts -- Philippians 1:6 is perhaps one of the three greatest verses in the Bible that teach the doctrine of the perseverance of the saints, the doctrine that no one whom God has brought to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ will ever be lost… Men lack perseverance. Men start things and drop them. As men and women you and I are always beginning things that we never actually find time to finish. But God is not like that. God never starts anything that He does not finish. God perseveres. Has God begun something in your life? Have you been born again by the Spirit of God? Then you need not fear that you will ever be lost. Your confidence should not be in yourself, neither in your faith nor in your spiritual successes in earlier days, but in God. It is He who calls us as Christians, He who leads us on in the Christian life, and He who most certainly will lead us home. cf. John 10:27,28 and Romans 8:38, 39"

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  • Philippians 2:4 Phillips Brooks
  • Philippians 2:4 Concern For Others
  • Philippians 2:5 Andrew Murray
  • Philippians 2:12 John Ker
  • Philippians 2:13 J. Stuart Holden
  • Philippians 2:13 Henry Drummond
  • Philippians 3:3 Evidence of Separation by Theodore Epp
  • Philippians 3:8 Costly Glory by Mrs. Charles E. Cowman
  • Philippians 3:10 Desiring to Know God Better by Theodore Epp
  • Philippians 3:10 D Martyn Lloyd-Jones
  • Philippians 3:10 G Campbell Morgan
  • Philippians 3:13-14 Regrets by Elisabeth Elliot
  • Philippians 4:6 In Everything - Streams in the Desert
  • Philippians 4:6 Don't Fret (Mid Eng= devour. Fret, from Old Eng fretan = devour- so to gnaw into!!)
  • Philippians 4:7 Perfect Peace by Woodrow Kroll
  • Philippians 4:7 The Peace of God in Our Hearts by W. H. G. Thomas
  • Philippians 4:7 Never Forsaken by Dr. Woodrow Kroll
  • Philippians 4:10-13 Adversity and Prosperity
  • Philippians 4:13 A Key to Future Victories by Theodore Epp
  • Philippians 4:13 Strength for the Journey by Woodrow Kroll
  • Philippians 4:13 Dust and Destiny by Dr. Warren Wiersbe
  • Philippians 4:19 He Satisfies Our Soul from Streams in the Desert
  • Philippians 4:19 From Rags to Riches by Dr. Woodrow Kroll

WILLIAM BARCLAY
Daily Study Bible
Commentary Notes on Philippians

Comment: Barclay frequently has very insightful comments on Greek words and the ancient culture, but he is not always conservative/orthodox. Be a Berean (Acts 17:11-note) Caveat lector! See The Enigmatic William Barclay

ALBERT BARNES
Commentary Notes on the New Testament

BRIAN BELL
Sermon Notes on Philippians
Calvary Chapel Murietta

Frequent use of illustrations. Here are examples: 

  • Philippians 1 - Kaufmann Kohler states in the Jewish Encyclopedia that no language has as many words for joy and rejoicing as does Hebrew. In the OT 13 Hebrew roots, found in 27 different words, are used primarily for some aspect of joy or joyful participation in religious worship.
     
  • Philippians 1 - Joy always under construction! 1. Most of us have experienced what happens to motorists when one of those huge graders goes to work on a highway repair job. When the machine is operating on a busy road, traffic is halted and the cars lined up in opposite directions are allowed to proceed alternately. A veteran operator of one of those big machines decided one day to try to relieve the tension that inevitably results from such a traffic backup. Consequently on both the front and rear of his grader a sign now appears, declaring, "The Road to Happiness is Almost Always Under Construction."
     
  • Philippians 1:19-30 - “Flower Mix-up”. A bank in Binghamton, NY had some flowers sent to a competitor who had recently moved into a new building. There was a mixup at the flower shop, and the card sent with the arrangement read, “With our deepest sympathy.” The florist, who was greatly embarrassed, apologized. But he was even more embarrassed when he realized that the card intended for the bank was attached to a floral arrangement sent to a funeral home in honor of a deceased person. That card read, “Congratulations on your new location!” 
     
  • Philippians 1:29 - Two wonderful privileges: To believe/trust in Christ and to suffer for Christ. God is honored by both. God runs a costly school, for many of his lessons are learned through tears! Soon school will close for us, the end of our school term is closer everyday. Don’t run from difficult lessons; Don’t flinch from the rod of discipline. Cheerfully endure to the end, then we will graduate in glory. Paul’s life was a model of suffering. Suffering: confirms the believers faith; brings him/her in closer contact w/the Lord; and provides a vehicle for making commitment real and tangible. The worlds finest china is fired in ovens at least 3 times & some many more. The famous Dresden china is always fired 3 times. Why so many times with such intense heat? This makes the colors brighter, more beautiful, and permanently attached. Metal bends best when softened with fire. Marble take shape only under the splintering blows of a chisel. Wood, with the abrasive scrape of sandpaper. (Swindoll) We are fashioned after the same principle! The human trials of life are burned into us numerous times, and through God’s grace, beautiful colors are formed in us and made to shine forever!
     
  • Philippians 2:3-5 - Dr. Harry Ironside was once convicted about his lack of humility. A friend recommended as a remedy, that he march through the streets of Chicago wearing a sandwich board, shouting the scripture verses on the board for all to hear. Dr. Ironside agreed to this venture and when he returned to his study and removed the board, he said “I’ll bet there’s not another man in town who would do that.” 
     
  • Philippians 2:14 - A man decided to join a monastery and one of the rules of the group was that you were only allowed to speak two words every 10 years. At the end of 10 years he said, "Bad food!" - 10 more years went by and he said, "Hard bed!" - Finally, on his 30th anniversary with the brothers, he thundered, "I quit!" - And the priest in charge responded, "You might as well. All you do is complain anyway!"
     
  • Philippians 4:1-3 - Shooting the Saints - Are you wasting your ammunition on the other saints? It is said that when the British and French were fighting in Canada in the 1750's, Admiral Phipps, commander of the British fleet, was told to anchor outside Quebec. He was given orders to wait for the British land forces to arrive, then support them when they attacked the city. Phipps’ navy arrived early. As the admiral waited, he became annoyed by the statues of the saints that adorned the towers of a nearby cathedral, so he commanded his men to shoot at them with the ships’ cannons. No one knows how many rounds were fired or how many statues were knocked out, but when the land forces arrived and the signal was given to attack, the admiral was of no help. He had used up all his ammunition shooting at the “saints.”
     
  • Philippians 4:8Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl wrote, “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms - to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” Memorize Phil. 4:8 Think of the mind like a bank that regularly receives deposits. By depositing the kinds of thoughts mentioned in Phil.4:8, we build up and draw on a rich account that will constantly yield a high dividend called joy!
     
  • Philippians 4:8 - Quick Thinking: A man working in the produce department was asked by a lady if she could buy 1/2 a head of lettuce. He replied, “1/2 a head? Are you serious? God grows these in whole heads and that’s how we sell them!” “You mean,” she persisted, “that after all the years I’ve shopped here, you won’t sell me half-a-head of lettuce?” “Look,” he said, “If you like I’ll ask the manager.” She indicated that would be appreciated, so the young man marched to the front of the store. “You won’t believe this, but there’s a lame braided idiot of a lady back there who wants to know if she can buy 1/2-a-head of lettuce.” He noticed the manager gesturing, and turned around to see the lady standing behind him, obviously having followed him to the front of the store. “And this nice lady was wondering if she could buy the other 1/2,” he concluded. Later in the day the manager cornered the young man and said, “That was the finest example of thinking on your feet I’ve ever seen! Where did you learn that?” “I grew up in Grand Rapids, and if you know anything about Grand Rapids, you know that it’s known for its great hockey teams & its ugly women.” The manager’s face flushed, & he interrupted, “My wife is from Grand Rapids!” “And which hockey team did she play for?”
     
  • Philippians 4:13 - He who made the little slave-baby the strong champion of the Exodus; & the shepherdlad the slayer of Goliath; & the captive Daniel prime minister of mighty Babylon; He who transformed Simon to Cephas, Saul into Paul, & has made 1000’s of his humble followers spiritual giants, can enable you & me to “do all things” if we live in the secret of that little phrase, “through Christ”! (Ed: And in the Church Age, Christ's power is dispensed by the indwelling Holy Spirit. Are you daily surrendering to the Spirit, being filled with the Spirit [Eph 5:18], walking by the Spirit [Gal 3:3; 5:16, 17, 18, 24, 25]? cp Galatians 2:20, John 6:63, 2 Cor 3:5,6, Ro 7:6).

JOHANN (JOHN) A BENGEL
Philippians Commentary
Gnomon of the New Testament

C H Spurgeon wrote that Bengel's NT commentary "is the scholar’s delight. He selected the title as modest and appropriate, intending it in the sense of a pointer or indicator, like the sun-dial (see gnomon); his aim being to point out or indicate the full force and meaning of the words and sentences of the New Testament. He endeavors to let the text itself cast its shadow on his page, believing with Luther that “the science of theology is nothing else but grammar exercised on the words of the Holy Spirit..... Bengel condensed more matter into a line than can be extracted from pages of other writers."

John Wesley said of Bengel "I know of no commentator on the Bible equal to Bengel" and referred to him as "The great light of the Christian world."

James Rosscup writes "This work (Gnomon), originally issued in 1742, has considerable comment on the Greek, flavoring the effort with judicious details about the spiritual life. It has much that helps, but has been surpassed by many other commentaries since its day." (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An Annotated Bibliography of Selected Works or Logos)

JOHANN (JOHN) BENGEL
Philippians Commentary
The Critical English Testament
Similar to above but less Greek

Charles Haddon Spurgeon -- "'A Critical New Testament, so compiled as to enable a reader, unacquainted with Greek, to ascertain the exact English force and meaning of the language of the New Testament, and to appreciate the latest results of modern criticism.' Such is the professed aim of this commentary, and the compilers have very fairly carried out their intentions. The whole of Bengel’s Gnomon is bodily transferred into the work, and as one hundred and twenty years have elapsed since the first issue of that book, it may be supposed that much has since been added to the wealth of Scripture exposition; the substance of this has been incorporated in brackets, so as to bring it down to the present advanced state of knowledge. We strongly advise the purchase of this book, as it is multum in parvo, and will well repay an attentive perusal. Tischendorf and Alford have contributed largely, with other German and English critics, to make this one of the most lucid and concise commentaries on the text and teachings of the New Testament" (Spurgeon, C. H. Lectures to my Students, Vol. 4: Commenting and Commentaries; Lectures Addressed to the students of the Pastors' College, Metropolitan Tabernacle)

JOSEPH A. BEET
Commentary on Philippians

Joseph Agar Beet was an English Wesleyan, born at Sheffield on Sept. 27, 1840. He attended Wesley College, Sheffield (1851-56), and took up mining engineering, but afterward studied theology at the Wesleyan College, Richmond (1862-64). He was pastor 1864-85 and professor of systematic theology in Wesleyan College, Richmond, 1885-1905. He was also a member of the faculty of theology in the University of London 1901-05. He delivered the Fernley Lecture on The Credentials of the Gospels in 1889, and lectured in America in 1896.

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JOHN EADIE
Commentary on Philippians
One of the better in depth commentaries
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Spurgeon: "A standard work. Essential to the scholarly student."

John Cereghin, Pastor - A thorough commentary on the Greek text. He gives excellent definitions of Greek words (19), stressing even the conjunctions (169). He denies that Christ emptied Himself of His deity (102), has a thorough discussion of the whole passage (2:5-11; pages 95-129). He urges men to serve Christ "without compromise" (238). He sometimes uses Latin or German without translation.

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  • Philippians 1:1- 6 - Rejoice in the Lord!
  • Philippians 1:1- 6 - What Is To Be Happy About?
  • Philippians 1:7-11 - Love Like Jesus
  • Philippians 1:7-11 - May Your Love Abound
  • Philippians 1:12-18 - The Advance of the Gospel
  • Philippians 1:12-19 - Making the Best of the Worst
  • Philippians 1:19-26 - Living and Dying
  • Philippians 1:20-26 - I Would Rather Be Dead
  • Philippians 1:27- 2:4 - United We Stand
  • Philippians 2:1- 4 - Six Secrets For Satisfying Relationships
  • Philippians 2:1-16 - Encouragement (Devotions)
  • Philippians 2:5-11 - Every Knee Shall Bow
  • Philippians 2:5-11 - He Emptied Himself
  • Philippians 2:12-13 - Ya Gotta Work At It
  • Philippians 2:12-18 - Work Out Your Salvation
  • Philippians 2:14-18 - Whine Or Shine
  • Philippians 2:19-30 - Real Men Love Jesus
  • Philippians 2:25-30 - Does God Have To Heal?
  • Philippians 3:1-11 - Where Is Your Confidence?
  • Philippians 3:12-14 - Goals_(1985, full-text)
  • Philippians 3:12-14 - Press and Forget
  • Philippians 3:15-21 - Enemies of the Cross
  • Philippians 3:15-21 - Mark of Maturity
  • Philippians 3:18-21 - Live For Something Larger
  • Philippians 4:1- 7 - How To Handle Stress
  • Philippians 4:2- 7 - Conflict and Conciliation
  • Philippians 4:4- 8 - Refreshed By Joy
  • Philippians 4:8- 9 - As You Think So You Are
  • Philippians 4:8- 9 - Think On These Things
  • Philippians 4:10-13 - Are You Satisfied With Your Life?
  • Philippians 4:14-23 - Caring and Sharing

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"Life is to be as Christ, for Christ, by, in, and from Christ" - John Cereghin, Pastor

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A warmly devotional exposition. He divides the epistle into 27 short sections, some of which are masterpieces of exposition. On Phil 2:5-8 he maintains the absolute deity as well as humanity of Christ (82-85): He empties Himself only of His glory. - John Cereghin, Pastor

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  • Christians As Athletes - discusses althletic metaphor as used by Paul in Corinthians and Philippians epistles and  - Here is an excerpt  relarted to Philippians - 

IN PHILIPPIANS - Paul also discusses the historical fact of Christ’s resurrection and its crucial importance to living a full and enjoyable Christian life in his Epistle to the Philippians. Thus in Philippians 3:9-11 Paul assumes the historical validity of Christ’s literal, bodily resurrection from the grave. This is a truth he affirms distinctly elsewhere. Indeed, Paul gave formal testimony to having personally met the risen Lord Jesus (Acts 22:6-11; 24:15, 21; 26:15-23). He made Christ’s Resurrection the central theme of many of his sermons (e.g., Acts 13:29-33; 17:29-31). He explained to the early Christians that Christ’s resurrection was not only a historical fact but integral to the believer’s salvation (Ro 5:8-10; 1 Cor. 15:1-19).

Elsewhere Paul taught that Christ’s resurrection is the full proof and assurance of the believer’s own resurrection (Rom. 8:11; 1 Cor. 15:20-51). And not only that, but Paul declared that the risen Christ has taken up His abode in the believer in vital, spiritual, organic union with him (Gal. 2:20; Col. 1:18-20, 27-28). Accordingly, the believer has a ready source for living an abundant life in Christ with great power and personal godliness (Ro 6:5-14). Like Paul, Christians should also have a deep concern that all may come to know the crucified and risen Christ as Savior and Lord (2 Cor. 5:14-21).

All of these truths, taught so clearly elsewhere by Paul, are in view in Philippians 3. With an impassioned eloquence Paul moves from the mention of Christ’s resurrection after His suffering at the cross (Phil. 3:10) to the reality of the believer’s new life here and now as he awaits his own resurrection with the saints to a glorified life hereafter Phil 3:11): (Click for full lengthy discussion)

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Excerpt - How do I apply this? Though we all have much to be thankful for, the pace and the pressure of life often squeeze the joy from us. Our shoulders slumped and our heads bowed, we find some days—or months—very difficult to get through. Desperate, we often search for joy in all kinds of ways—acquiring possessions, visiting places, or seeing people. But none of these can provide lasting joy. Where do you find joy in the midst of a trying circumstance? Paul knew, as did the Philippians, that true joy comes only through humble faith in the saving work of Jesus Christ, joining ourselves in harmony with His followers, and serving others in the name of Christ. This was the life experienced by the Philippian believers, and it is a life available to us today. Allow the joy you find in Christ to keep you from useless quarrels and divisions and to instead guide you into harmonious relationships with God’s people.

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John Cereghin - A Bible study of Philippians, based on a chart. There are outlines and comments on the whole book. He has an interesting digression on the names of Christ in Scripture, defends the deity of Christ.

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John Cereghin - Devotional expositions. There are apt illustrations, thought-provoking comments, a strong defense of the deity of Christ (42), and a warm encouragement of joyfulness. He urges the Premillennial interpretation of the Bible (84).

JAMIESON, FAUSSET, BROWN

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Spurgeon: Of this I have a very high opinion. It is the joint work of Mr. Jamieson, A. R. Fausset, and Dr. David Brown. It is to some extent a compilation and condensation of other men’s thoughts, but it is sufficiently original to claim a place in every minister’s library; indeed it contains so great a variety of information that if a man had no other exposition he would find himself at no great loss if he possessed this and used it diligently.

My comment - J, F, B although an older work tends to be one of the most literal older commentaries (literal millennium, does not replace Israel with the church, etc)

ROBERT JOHNSTONE

Spurgeon: A noble volume. A real boon to the man who purchases it.

John Cereghin, Pastor - A very thorough, practical, and homiletical exposition by a strong Presbyterian. He warns against thinking that church membership, baptism, or adherence to the Westminster Confession is ground for salvation (254,255). On Phil 2:5-11 he maintains that pre-existence and deity of Christ (146-148). The book also includes a considerable number of notes on the Greek text.

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J H JOWETT

Meditations with excellent thoughts for the expositor.

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LANGE COMMENTARY

Spurgeon: These volumes are not all of equal value, but as a whole, they are a grand addition to our stores. The American translators have added considerably to the German work, and in some cases these additions are more valuable than the original matter. For homiletical purposes these volumes are so many hills of gold, but, alas, there is dross also, for Baptismal Regeneration and other grave errors occur.

John Cereghin, Pastor - Braune, Karl, Philippians in Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures, n.d. (first American edition 1870), 76 pages. A conservative Lutheran exposition. He has thorough comments based on the Greek text, argues for the unity of the book and its Pauline authorship (5), describes the subjective mediation of Christ (17). On 2:5-11 he teaches the pre-existence of Christ (32) and His deity (33); he denies that He emptied Himself of His deity (35).

J B LIGHTFOOT

John Cereghin - The most thorough and helpful commentary on the Greek text. He discusses every grammatical and interpretative problem in the book and has extended notes on special subjects (see on "bishop" and "presbyter" 95-99). He defends the pre-existence and deity of Christ, holding that He emptied Himself "not of His divine nature, for this was impossible, but of the glories, the prerogatives, of Deity. This He did by taking upon Him the form of a servant" (112). There are also extended dissertations of "The Christian Ministry" and "St. Paul and Seneca."

HENRY MAHAN

J VERNON MCGEE

Thru the Bible Commentary

Note: Links below are to shorter, individual Mp3's…

F B MEYER

Through the Bible Commentary

H A W MEYER

No doubt wonderfully learned, but we cannot get on with it. Quotations from heretics we have happily never heard of before are of no great use to simple believers like ourselves. - John Cereghin, Pastor

G CAMPBELL MORGAN

(Brief overview)

H C G MOULE

A warmly devotional, yet scholarship exposition. He has a paraphrase of all the epistle and most helpful explanations. He also has helpful comments on the names of Christ used in Philippians (255-260). - John Cereghin, Pastor

HENRY NEWLAND (1860)

ROBERT NEIGHBOUR
Living Water Commentary

JAMES NISBET

WILLIAM NIVEN

FREDERICK A NOBLE

J B GOUGH PIDGE

PETER PETT

ALFRED PLUMMER (1919)

MATTHEW POOLE

PREACHER'S HOMILETICAL COMMENTARY

PULPIT COMMENTARY

A T ROBERTSON (1917)

Rosscup - Though he discusses Philippians in his Word Pictures, Robertson here devotes an entire detailed book on the epistle. He is rich in word studies and in the explanation of the text.

John Cereghin, Pastor - Expository messages based on the Greek text of Philippians. They are warm-hearted and genuinely helpful. He gives the exact vocabulary meaning of words, as well as the interpretation of passages. On Phil 2:1-11 he affirms the full humanity and deity of Christ (130). His exaltation is "the taking up of the humanity of Jesus into His deity with new glory" (140).

JOHNNY SANDERS

PHILLIP SCHAFF

SERMON BIBLE

CHUCK SMITH

HAMILTON SMITH

SPEAKER'S COMMENTARY

Spurgeon: Speaker's in general "contains much which tends to illustrate the text; but if you had it you would not turn to it for spiritual food, or for fruitful suggestion, or if you did so, you would be disappointed. The object of the work is to help the general reader to know what the Scriptures really say and mean, and to remove some of the difficulties. It keeps to its design and in a measure accomplishes it."

JOSEPH SUTCLIFFE

THOMAS TOLLER

JOHN TRAPP

Spurgeon - Trapp will be most valuable to men of discernment, to thoughtful men, to men who only want a start in a line of thought, and are then able to run alone. Trapp excels in witty stories on the one hand, and learned allusions on the other. You will not thoroughly enjoy him unless you can turn to the original, and yet a mere dunce at classics will prize him. His writings remind me of himself: he was a pastor, hence his holy practical remarks; he was the head of a public school, and everywhere we see his profound scholarship; he was for some time amid the guns and drums of a parliamentary garrison, and he gossips and tells queer anecdotes like a man used to soldier-life; yet withal, he comments as if he had been nothing else but a commentator all his days. Some of his remarks are far-fetched, and like the far fetched rarities of Solomon’s Tarshish, there is much gold and silver, but there are also apes and peacocks. His criticisms would some of them be the cause of amusement in these days of greater scholarship; but for all that, he who shall excel Trapp had need rise very early in the morning. Trapp is my especial companion and treasure; I can read him when I am too weary for anything else. Trapp is salt, pepper, mustard, vinegar, and all the other condiments. Put him on the table when you study, and when you have your dish ready, use him by way of spicing the whole thing. Yes, gentlemen, read Trapp certainly, and if you catch the infection of his consecrated humor, so much the better for your hearers.  (Lectures to My Students: Volume 4: Commenting on Commentaries)

TREASURY OF SCRIPTURE KNOWLEDGE

ALLAN TURNER

C J VAUGHN

Spurgeon: Deservedly esteemed. Dr. Vaughan gives a literal translation of his text from the original Greek, and then expounds it, believing it, as he says, “to be the duty of every Christian teacher to assist his congregation in drinking not of the stream only, but at the spring of revealed truth.”

THOMAS WALKER

DANIEL WHEDON

MARVIN VINCENT

RICK WARREN
Devotionals

G C WILLIS

John Cereghin, Pastor - Devotional meditations on Philippians by a missionary. He gives the theme verse of the book (Phil 1:21, pp. 9ff.); stresses the recognizing, not appointment, of elders (24ff.); gives many illustrations from Chinese missions; distinguishes between Greek words; shows 7 steps down in Christ's humiliation and 7 up in exaltation (137, 43); provides insight from the papyri (150f.); holds that "work out" means "cultivate" (154f.); teaches the Pre-tribulation Rapture (246f.; 296); warns about the ease with which misunderstandings arise between believers (283f.)

KENNETH WUEST

PHILIPPIANS 1

JOE GUGLIELMO

J R MILLER

JOE GUGLIELMO

THOMAS WATSON

RICK WARREN

JOHN KITTO

OCTAVIUS WINSLOW

A W PINK

ROBERT MORGAN

RICK WARREN

RICK WARREN

RICK WARREN

D MARTYN LLOYD JONES

ALAN REDPATH

RICK WARREN

C H SPURGEON

JAMES HASTINGS

J R MILLER

OCTAVIUS WINSLOW

THOMAS WATSON

RICK WARREN

THOMAS WATSON

H C G MOULE

RICK WARREN

OCTAVIUS WINSLOW

PHILIPPIANS 2

JOE GUGLIELMO

BOB DEFFINBAUGH

J H JOWETT

RICK WARREN

KENNETH BOA

JOHN WALVOORD

TRACIE WALLACE

G CAMPBELL MORGAN

WIL POUNDS

JOHN OWEN

GORDON FEE

GENE BROOKS

MARTIN LUTHER

JOE GUGLIELMO

PAUL TAYLOR

ALVA MCCLAIN

CHARLES T. BUNTIN

JOHN OWEN

RICK WARREN

JOHN FLAVEL

OCTAVIUS WINSLOW

JAMES HASTINGS

D MARTYN LLOYD JONES

WIL POUNDS

G CAMPBELL MORGAN

JOHN WESLEY

THOMAS WATSON

ROBERT MORGAN

RICK WARREN

JOHN ANGELL JAMES

G. CAMPBELL MORGAN

GREG HERRICK

J R MILLER

JOHN STEVENSON

PHILIPPIANS 3

BOB DEFFINBAUGH

JOE GUGLIELMO

JOSEPH PARKER

JAMES HASTINGS

J R MILLER

OCTAVIUS WINSLOW

RICK WARREN

JOHN MACDUFF

GEORGE MACDONALD

GEORGE WHITEFIELD

JOHN OWEN

OCTAVIUS WINSLOW

JOHN WESLEY

J R MILLER

JOE GUGLIELMO

RICK WARREN

JOHN ANGELL JAMES

JAMES HASTINGS

JAMES SMITH

MARTIN LUTHER

JONATHAN EDWARDS

OCTAVIUS WINSLOW

PHILIPPIANS 4

J R MILLER

JOE GUGLIELMO

JAMES HASTINGS

WIL POUNDS

JOHN BROADUS

BRUCE HURT

RICK WARREN

J R MILLER

C H SPURGEON

J R MILLER

J R MILLER

OCTAVIUS WINSLOW

RICK WARREN

F B MEYER

JAMES MACDUFF

JAMES MEIKLE

JOHN NEWTON

RICK WARREN

F B MEYER

F B MEYER

RICK WARREN

A W PINK

THOMAS WATSON

WILLIAM S PLUMER

JOHN ANGELL JAMES

J R MILLER

RICK WARREN

JOE GUGLIELMO

RICK WARREN

LEHMAN STRAUSS

F B MEYER

H C G MOULE
Philippian Studies
1900

A warmly devotional, yet scholarship exposition. He has a paraphrase of all the epistle and most helpful explanations. He also has helpful comments on the names of Christ used in Philippians (255-260). - John Cereghin, Pastor

NET BIBLE
Notes on Philippians

OUR DAILY BREAD
Updated October 14, 2015

Additional Our Daily Bread devotionals at

GENE PENSIERO
Sermons on Philippians
Calvary Chapel Hanford

J C PHILPOT
Philippians Commentary
Selected Verses

JOHN PIPER
Sermons on Philippians

RAY PRITCHARD
Sermon Series on Philippians
Joyful Living

ROBERT RAYBURN
Sermons on Philippians

A. T. ROBERTSON
Word Pictures on Philippians
Greek Word Study

DON ROBINSON
Sermon Outlines/Notes on Philippians

SERMONS AND HOMILIES
on Philippians

ROB SALVATO
Sermon Notes on Philippians
Calvary Chapel Vista

CHARLES SIMEON
Sermons on Philippians

NOTE: If you are not familiar with the great saint Charles Simeon see Dr John Piper's discussion of Simeon's life - you will want to read Simeon's sermons after meeting him! - click Brothers We Must Not Mind a Little Suffering (Mp3 even better)

CHUCK SMITH
Sermon Notes on Philippians
Calvary Chapel

C. H. SPURGEON
All of His Sermons
On Philippians

PHILIPPIANS 1

PHILIPPIANS 2

PHILIPPIANS 3

PHILIPPIANS 4

C. H. SPURGEON
Exposition of Philippians
Selected Expositions Compiled

C. H. SPURGEON
Devotionals
Morning and Evening
Faith's Checkbook

RAY STEDMAN
Commentary
Philippians
Note: Multiple Messages on each chapter

THIRD MILLENNIUM
Commentary
Philippians

PHILIPPIANS 1

PHILIPPIANS 2

PHILIPPIANS 3

PHILIPPIANS 4

TODAY'S WORD - COMMENTARY
Grant Richison
Exposition & Application

BOB UTLEY
Commentary on Philippians
Note: Amillennial

VALLEY BIBLE CHURCH
Sermons on Philippians

MARVIN VINCENT
Greek Word Study
Philippians Commentary

MARVIN VINCENT
Philippians Commentary
A Critical and Exegetical Commentary

JOHN WALVOORD
To Live is Christ
Commentary on Philippians

KENNETH WUEST
Commentary on Philippians
Excellent Word Studies (53 pages)

STEVE ZEISLER
Sermons on Philippians

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