I wish I could hear from literally each of you to know how you are doing at this point. I also wonder how you feel about memorizing these upcoming verses that deal with Paul’s relationship with Timothy and Epaphroditus. They are ones not often quoted like our earlier ones. I would really be interested if the desire is or is not there to learn these because of their content. Could I ask you a big favor? Could each of you respond so that we all hear what each of us is thinking? I know that it is a lot to ask but I, and probably others, would love hearing from you. Included in that would be how the chapter has gone for you as well.
Do you realize that I will only be posting three more times and Philippians will be completed? Way to go! But before you get too comfortable, I have to ask - would anyone want to continue with another chapter and if so, which one? Of course, I’m assuming a break before proceeding forward. Maybe this dimension you could address in the feedback that I requested above.
To tell you the truth, I have very much appreciated Paul dealing with Timothy as it puts flesh on the verses above. They all look only to their interests but not Timothy which follows verse 4 discussing that subject. Serving with others is also so vital to Paul as he expresses his desire to the Philippians that they be encouraged by developments in their lives and conversely that Paul is encouraged by news of them as well. To me, it’s a living picture of fellowship and its importance.
Without further adieu, here are this week’s verses:
Philippians 2: 23 I hope, therefore, to send him as soon as I see how things go with me.
Philippians 2: 24 And I am confident in the Lord that I myself will come soon. (NIV)
Philippians 2: 23 I hope therefore to send him just as soon as I see how it will go with me,
Philippians 2: 24 and I trust in the Lord that shortly I myself will come also. (ESV)
Philippians 2: 23 Therefore I hope to send him at once, as soon as I see how it goes with me.
Philippians 2: 24 But I trust in the Lord that I myself shall also come shortly.
Jesus is with you on this journey.