Because to you it hath been granted. Philippians 1:30. —At conversion, as a free bestowment of grace for Christ’s sake, as are all spiritual gifts. As to the form of the sentence, this is a favourite rhetorical device of Paul’s. Philippians 1:29. Verses 1-30. .âThe original shows that St. Paul speaks as if he originally intended simply to say âit is given on behalf of Christ to suffer.â But to show whence the impulse of that brave willingness to suffer proceeds, he inserts ânot only to believe on Him,â and then finishes the sentence, âbut on His behalf to suffer.â, "For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake." What concerns the former relation is a matter of indifference; what concerns the other touches the groundwork of our nature and the design for which we were created. Home > Study Desk. By a vision from God he went to Few Christians view suffering for their testimony as a blessing, but that is really what it is. Passover there (Acts 20:6) and received messages from them (Phil. Click the Bible to visit the new StudyLight.org being developed!! (8) Outline the Philippians 1:29. tenderness, warnings, entreaties and exhortations and should be read It is an informal letter with 7:9, 10; 1ÐÐµÑ. If the Captain of our salvation was "a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief," must not the common soldiers, who occupy the ranks of the spiritual army, be baptized into the same sufferings, and taste in their measure of that cup which he drank to the very dregs? The Greek word echaristhe, translated "granted," comes from charis, meaning "grace." (29) For (or, because) unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ.--The force lies, first, in the phrase "it is given" (rather, it was given, from the beginning)--for the original signifies "it was granted as a privilege" or "favour" (as in Acts 27:24; 1Corinthians 2:12; Galatians 3:18)--and next in the words "on behalf of Christ. Suffering is one of the tools God uses to mold his children into vessels that bring glory to His Son (cf. His one object is to inspirit the Christians at Philippi, by showing that undauntedness in the midst of their tribulation would be an evidence of salvation granted by God; for the twofold gift of faith and suffering is from Him, the one as securing, and the other as foretokening salvation. often as a spiritual tonic. Philippians 1:29. earthquake which also resulted in the conversion of the jailer It is given; given as a privilege. Here Paul clearly testifies, that faith, as well as constancy in enduring persecutions, (91) is an unmerited gift of God. ῞οτι ὑμῖν ἐχαρίσθη τὸ ὑπὲρ χριστοῦ οὐ μόνον τὸ εἰς αὐτὸν τιστεύειν, ἀλλὰ καὶ τὸ ὑπὲρ αὐτοῦ πάσχειν- “For to you was it granted, on behalf of Christ not only to believe on Him, but also on behalf of Him to suffer.” The pronoun ὑμῖν has an emphatic prominence. missionary journey, A. D. 52. Yet suffering for the cause of Christ, suffering for doing the right thing, does gain favor with God (1 Peter 2:20). some time there arose great opposition to him and he and Silas were Philip, king of Macedon, father of Alexander the Great It was the 4:13). This passage is also at variance with the doctrine of the schoolmen, in maintaining that gifts of grace latterly conferred are rewards of our merit, on the ground of our having made a right use of those which had been previously bestowed. Suffering for Christ is not only not a mark of God's anger, but a gift of His grace. Philippians 1:29 For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him, Jump to: Bible Study Tools • Parallel Bible Verse • Bible Contextual Overview • Bible Verse Review • Bible Cross-References • Gill's Bible Notes • Clarke's Bible Notes • Barnes' Bible Notes The apostle now associates himself with his suffering brethren-. Fausset's Bible Dictionary is linked to Torrey's New Topical Textbook, Nave's Topical Bible, Smith's Bible Dictionary, the King James Dictionary, and Hitchcock's Bible Names Dictionary. letter. Philippians 1:18-29 New International Version (NIV) 18 But what does it matter? was about to return from Rome to Philippi, he had an opportunity to I do not deny, indeed, that God rewards the right use of his gifts of grace by bestowing grace more largely upon us, provided only you do not place merit, as they do, in opposition to his unmerited liberality and the merit of Christ. (See Philippians 2:17-18. . instead of an evil.— . Ð½Ð°ÑÐ°ÑÑÐµÐ³Ð¾ Â«Ð±Ð»Ð°Ð³Ð¾Ð´Ð°ÑÑÂ». The apostle is not teaching dogmatically that faith is of God's inworking; but he is telling historically that faith and suffering had been theirs, and that the coexistence of the two being a privilege of divine bestowment, warranted them to regard their undaunted belief as a token of salvation. send them a letter of thanks (Phil. The martyr is not saved, indeed, because he suffers; but his undaunted suffering betokens a present Saviour and a near salvation. —Steadfastness in suffering foreshadows eternal glory, because they are called to the grace of suffering as well as the grace of believing. Had you not been privileged to suffer as well as to believe, this peculiar token had not been enjoyed. 'To believe Him' would merely mean to believe He speaks the truth. The aorist is used, as the apostle refers indefinitely to an early period of their past Christian history; but that the suffering continued, also, to the moment of his writing, is evident from the following ἔχοντες. the things before (i.e. The construction of the next clause is reduplicated. By enduring trials with a proper spirit, believers honor Christ as really as by active labors; and they have no more just reason to complain or be discontented when he visits them with adversity, than when he crowns them with prosperity; for in both he consults his glory, their highest good, and the good of his cause. Choose a chapter and verse from 'Philippians' to begin your 'Verse-by-Verse' study of God's Word using the more than 100 commentaries available on StudyLight.org StudyLıght .org . Given—At conversion, as a free bestowment of grace for Christ’s sake, as are all spiritual gifts. All believers have received a gracious gift from God. ... Acts 16:12, and now hear to be in me, Philippians 1:30. (6) Paul's sense of 4:16). The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. rejoicing, and now that Epaphroditus who had brought their aid to him And because of this I rejoice. Unto you it is given, on the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but, &c. ῞οτι ὑμῖν ἐχαρίσθη τὸ ὑπὲρ χριστοῦ οὐ μόνον τὸ εἰς αὐτὸν τιστεύειν, "For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake.". therefore, a fit center of evangelism for all Europe. . ), Not only to believe . 11. In the behalf of Christ; for the purpose of honoring him. Thanksgiving and Prayer. The prospect of suffering was apt to terrify them. Matthew 5:11-12; Romans 5:3; 2 Corinthians 12:10. A FRIEND TO HIS FRIENDS (Philippians 1:1-2)1:1-2 Paul and Timothy, slaves of Jesus Christ, write this letter to all those in Philippi who are consecrated to God because of their relationship to Jesus Christ, together with the overseers and the deacons. 4:18). He Plans to Communicate with Them, 2:19 end. on StudyLight.org It was written by Paul during his imprisonment at Rome, about A. God runs a costly school, for many of his lessons are learned through tears! Date. It is the spontaneous "It is given" should be "it was given," referring to the gift bestowed when they became Christians. “When a limitation of an infinitive or of its subject is to be negatived rather than the infinitive itself, the negative is used instead of . Soon school will close for us, the end of our school term is closer everyday. Philippians 1:29-2:17 English Standard Version (ESV). But we cannot "suffer according to the will of God," that Isaiah, in a gospel sense and from gospel motives, until the Lord enables us in some measure to look to him. We are inclined to join this clause immediately to (so also Hpt). Click the Bible for the all new StudyLight.org!! The apostle felt that Christ's cause and Himself were one; nay more, so personal was the love of the early Christians, so much did the Redeemer Himself stand out in close relation to themselves, that the mere abstract idea of his cause never occurred to them. The privilege. (29) For (or, because) unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ.âThe force lies, first, in the phrase âit is givenâ (rather, it was given, from the beginning)âfor the original signifies âit was granted as a privilegeâ or âfavourâ (as in Acts 27:24; 1 Corinthians 2:12; Galatians 3:18)âand next in the words âon behalf of Christ.â The fearlessness of the Christian is a gift of God, not an inherent stoic self-sufficiency. It rests indeed upon the sense that it is a privilege to suffer (see Acts 5:41) in the cause of truth, yet still more on the belief that such suffering is for no abstract principle, but on behalf of Christ and with Christ. Philippians 1:29. The object of the apostle is to encourage the Philippian church, and not, as Chrysostom supposes, to warn it against pride, by ascribing its faith and its suffering alike to God. Because God has given you to suffer, as well as to believe. Ephesus to Macedonia (Acts 20 2 Cor 2:12-13; 7:5-6). also, &c. = to suffer for (App-104.) For all things come from You, and from Your hand we have given You. b. 29 For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake, 30 engaged in the same conflict that you saw I had and now hear that I still have. preached at a woman's prayer-meeting, where Lydia was converted. But deductions like these are rather far-fetched; nor do the apostle's words warrant them. On this grant and its gracious nature, see above on Philippians 1:7. terms of friendly intercourse. place where Marcus Antonius and Octavius defeated Brutus and Cassius Or, why have you this token of salvation in your own Christian fortitude? This principle applies esp in the case of the adverb ” (Burton, MT, p. 183).— . For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ For the sake of his Gospel, for the good of his interest, and the glory of his name. Greeting. (42 B. C.). (5) An upright Christian life, 2:12-18. friend and brother presenting the essential truths of the gospel in Philippians 1:29 • Philippians 1:29 NIV • Philippians 1:29 NLT • Philippians 1:29 ESV • Philippians 1:29 NASB • Philippians 1:29 KJV • Philippians 1:29 Commentaries • Philippians 1:29 Bible Apps • Philippians 1:29 Biblia Paralela • Philippians 1:29 Chinese Bible • Philippians 1:29 French Bible • Philippians 1:29 German Bible Philippians 1:29. all trade and traders going eastward and westward must pass, and was, I. Paul's Present Situation and Feeling. If the Lord of the house, then, had to travel in this dark and gloomy path of suffering, can his disciples escape? prayer for the Philippians, 1:9-11. (Philippians 1:29.) Faith is the gift of God (Ephesians 2:8), not worked in the soul by the will of man, but by the Holy Spirit (John 1:12-13). It is the privilege of suffering for Jesus Christ. Chapter 1. It was not only Jesus Who explained that the Christian life would entail much suffering but also Peter, James, and the apostle Paul. There is no occasion to suppose a pleonasm. The reasons adduced by Chrysostom and his followers for the apostle's sentiment cannot be all sustained. (Philippians 1:30) 16). it. âNot only to believe on Himâ: Just having the opportunity to hear God"s word (Romans 10:17), is a gift from God, that is, we have not merited or even earned the right to listen to God"s message. For unto you it is given, &c.— For it is granted to you as a favour, on the part of Christ. (2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. For Study and Discussion. It is not simply -the token to you is of God, for on you He has conferred the double grace of faith and suffering; but it is-you have a token of salvation which others have not; for, while others have faith, you have more. After (7) Worthy meditations, 4:8-9. (Philippians 1:28) For to you it has been granted for Christ's sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake, (Philippians 1:29) experiencing the same conflict which you saw in me, and now hear to be in me. Philippi on the second missionary journey (Acts 16:9-12). And however the suffering may differ, all have to pass through the furnace; for the Lord brings "the third part through the fire." The suffering has a reference as personal as the faith- εἰς αὐτόν- ὑπὲρ αὐτοῦ. To suffer aright, we must walk in the steps of the great Captain of our salvation, who "though a Song of Solomon, yet learned obedience by the things which he suffered." 29.To believe. The sentence is shaped as though St. Paul had at the outset meant to speak of the sufferings first: ‘It is given you to suffer in behalf of Christ;’ but the change which is introduced by the thought ‘not only to believe on Him’ necessitates a repetition of the first portion of the clause, ‘in his behalf.’ ‘In his behalf’ implies for the sake of all that will help to spread His gospel. For to you it has been granted for Christ's sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake, To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use the convenient, Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament, The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary, International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ -, For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ. âIn the behalf of Christâ: Suffering in and of itself has no inherent value, and suffering for wrongdoing gains no credit before God (1 Peter 2:20). It belonged to Thrace until 358 B. C., when it was seized by beaten and put in prison, but through prayer they were released by an Romans 3:25-26; Ephesians 1:13. 1 Chronicles 29:14 - 'But who am I and who are my people that we should be able to offer as generously as this? The summary of this section on Philippians 1:27-30 is also provided here. 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