1: Paul and Timotheus the servants of Jesus Christ to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi with the bishops and deacons 2: Grace be unto you and peace from God our Father and Lord Jesus Christ  3: I thank my God upon every remembrance of you 4: Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy 5: For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now 6: Being confident of this very thing that he who has begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ 7: Even as it is right for me to think this of you all because I have you in my heart, inasmuch as both in my bonds and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel  you all are partakers of my grace 8: For God is my witness how greatly I long after you all in the tender affection of Jesus Christ 9: And this I pray that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and all judgment 10: That you may approve things that are excellent that you may be sincere and blameless till the Day of Christ 11: Being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ unto the glory and praise of God 12: But I would you should understand brethren that the things which happened to me have fallen out rather to the furtherance of the gospel 13: So that my bonds in Christ are manifest in all the palace and in all other places 14: And many of the brethren in the Lord growing confident by my bonds are much more bold to speak the word without fear 15: Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife and some also of good will 16: The one preach Christ of contention not sincerely supposing to add affliction to my bonds 17: But the other of love knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel 18: What then notwithstanding every way whether in pretense or in truth Christ is preached and I therein do rejoice yes and will rejoice 19: For I know that this shall turn to my deliverance through your prayer and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ 20: According to my earnest expectation and my hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed but that with all boldness as always so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body whether it be by life or by death 21: For to me to live is Christ and to die is gain 22: But if I live in the flesh this is the fruit of my labor yet what I shall choose I know not 23: For I am in a strait between two having a desire to depart and to be with Christ which is far better 24: Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you 25: And having this confidence I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your furtherance and joy of faith 26: That your rejoicing may be more abundant in Jesus Christ for me by my coming to you again 27: Only let your lifestyle be as it becomes the gospel of Christ that whether I come and see you or else be absent I may hear of your affairs that you stand fast in one spirit with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel 28: And in nothing terrified by your adversaries which is to them an evident token of perdition but to you of salvation and that of God 29: For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ not only to believe on him but also to suffer for his sake 30: Having the same conflict which you saw in me and now hear to be in me
 When translator supplements are removed (e.g., Grace be unto you and peace from God our Father and
from the Lord Jesus Christ), Paul’s greeting to the congregation at
Philippi, can be seen as a clear reference to the Godhead. This commentary
[using the Majority Text] removes the words “from the” preceding the mention of
Jesus in verse two. These two little words, are translator supplements [and are not substantiated by underlying Koine Greek]. These were added for no
other see-able purpose than to portray a non-existent hierarchy within theGodhead. The same can be said for Ephesians 6:23. Any teaching of hierarchy
within the Godhead, contradicts scriptures with clearly teach functional
equality with the Godhead. The scriptures say that, all the fullness of the
Godhead, dwells in Jesus in bodily form, that Jesus the Word is God, that Jesus
is the Mighty God, that Jesus is the Everlasting Father. All of these refute
the idea of hierarchy within the Godhead. Jesus is YHWH, and no accurate translation of either the Hebrew or Greek
scriptures says otherwise.
 Bible prophecy was important to those inspired by the Holy Spirit to write Word’s from God that would later become our canon of scripture, which is the basis of all Christian theology. Paul placed great priority on teaching Bible prophecy, and in his letters, often made mention of the coming of Jesus. In this instance, he called it, “the Day of Jesus Christ.” He did the same in 1 Corinthians 1:7, where he used both terms together, leaving no question to the reader as to what he was referring. Paul frequently mentions the Rapture, the Second Coming, and other aspects of Bible prophecy as well: 1 Corinthians 15:23-28, 52 (practically all of chapter 15), Philippians 1:10, 1 Thessalonians 1:10, 2:19, 3:13, 4:15-18, 5:1-11, 23, 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10, 2 Thessalonians 2 (entire chapter). This is by no means an extensive listing, but just a short list shows the frequency of references to these things, and gives a good indication of the importance the great apostle placed on Bible prophecy.
 Paul was a prisoner of Rome because he preached the resurrection of Christ Acts 23:6-11. What did his defense and confirmation of the gospel consist of? Concerning his defense of the gospel, in Acts 23, it was the Resurrection he defended. He defined “the Gospel,” in 1 Corinthians 15, as the message of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. Throughout his life, Paul remained laser-focused on the message of the gospel, for which he was imprisoned [which he defined as the message of the cross and the empty grave]. Each time he identified himself as a “prisoner of Christ,” he was referencing his defense of the death, burial, and resurrection of the Messiah. Note the following [single] samples from each of Paul’s letters. There are many more: Romans 1:1-5, 1 Cor 2:1-2, Galatians 1:1, Ephesians 2:13-19, Philippians 2:8, Colossians 1:13-22, 1 Thessalonians 1:10, 2 Thessalonians 1:7, 1 Timothy 2:4-6, 2 Timothy 1:8-12, Titus 2:13-14, Philemon 1:1.
Concerning the confirmation of the gospel—proof that what he preached about Jesus was true—in Romans 15:18-19, Paul reminded the Christians in Rome how his preaching of the gospel had been confirmed by God with mighty signs and wonders. Jesus had previously detailed what those signs and wonders would consist of Mark 16:13-18, and Paul no doubt knew of this even before Mark’s Gospel was published. He wrote of the confirming signs and wonders to the the congregations at Corinth and Thessalonica 2 Corinthians 12:12, 2nd Thessalonians 2:4. Even so, he did not neglect to warn Christians against following after counterfeit signs and wonders 2nd Thessalonians 2:9, which Jesus had also warned against Matthew 24:24. Christians must be able to discern between the real and the counterfeit. That is possible only through a working knowledge of the Bible, with the help of the Holy Spirit. God has also gifted some with the gift of discerning of spirits.
 Since Jesus is God John 1:1, New Testament statements like these, can only be properly understood within the context of the Eternal Godhead Colossians 2:9. Only by disregarding scriptures like Matthew 1:23, Acts 20:28 and 1 Timothy 3:16 [in the King James Bible and all translations from the Received Text], which explicit state that Jesus is Yahweh, can the conclusion of a hierarchal godhead be arrived at. All religious cults, who call themselves Christian, diminish Emmanuel by creating hierarchal triads. There is no such thing as hierarchy within the Eternal Godhead, and these Received Text scriptures are witnesses to the Hebrew texts, where the prophets wrote of the Messiah, who would be Immanuel—God himself Isaiah 7:14, 8:8. Isaiah also wrote that Messiah would not only be Immanuel (The God with us), but that the Son of God, the Prince of Peace, would be God Himself [YHWH]—the Everlasting Father (the Father of Eternity) and the Mighty God Isaiah 9:6. Jesus is truly THE GOD with us.
 Paul was a political prisoner, and continually faced a death sentence ruling at any time, so when he wrote, “…if I live in the flesh…,” he was making reference to his life here on earth -Vs- his life in the hereafter. But why did he feel the need to make that distinction? It was because Paul understood that his conscious existence would never cease. For the Christian, “Life” is continuous, either here on earth or there, in the hereafter. He also wrote, “to be absent from the the body is to be present with the Lord.” There are no time gaps in the conscious existence of anyone. Paul did not teach Soul Sleep. And this helps us to understand his next statement about trying to decide whether he wanted to stay in the flesh or depart and be with Christ, the departure (physical death) being far better. Paul knew from the story of Lazarus and the rich man, told by Jesus himself Luke 16:19-31, that the transition from this life to the next is immediate. Only the bodies of believers will “sleep” in death until the resurrection, but not the soul. Jesus confirmed this again, when he said, “I am the resurrection and the life They that believe in me though they were dead yet shall they live And whoever lives and believes in me shall never die.
Jocelyn Andersen, is Founder and Pastor of Hungry Hearts Ministries, since 1992. She strives for obedience to Christ’s command to win souls and make disciples. She teaches biblical truth without the limitations of culture or tradition, through preaching, teaching, writing books, and through her 24/7 Bible Talk Radio station, HungryHeartsRadio.com. She is the author of several Christian books, including the short but powerful booklet entitled, Jesus, God of the Burning Bush: Eternal Father & Beloved Son.
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