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PHILIPPIANS 1:1-2 Greetings

TTN Ministry -- The book of Philippians

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Philippians 1:1-2 (NKJV)

1 Paul and Timothy, bondservants of Jesus Christ, To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, with the bishops and deacons: 2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 

Paul and Timothy:
The epistle of Philippians was written by the apostle Paul and most likely Timothy was present to write the letter. 

“bondservants of Jesus Christ”

Notice how the apostle Paul calls himself first of all a servant of Jesus Christ. Not the church. Not humans! Not tradition!

We are here to serve Jesus Christ and not trying to please people. A true follower of Jesus Christ is not trying to please people but rather our focus should always to please God, even if it means people are not happy. (Galatians 1:10)

To all the saints in Christ Jesus

Observe to whom the letter was addressed:

1st – Saints in Christ Jesus
2nd – ministers or church officers

1. To all the saints in Christ who are at Philippi. He mentions the church before the ministers, because the ministers are for the church, for their edification and benefit, not the churches for the ministers, for their dignity, dominion, and wealth.
2. It is directed to the ministers, or church-officers – with the bishops and deacons, the bishops or elders, in the first place, whose office it was to teach and rule, and the deacons, or overseers of the poor, who took care of the outward business of the house of God. 

Notice the apostle Paul calls all the members of the church .. SAINTS

FIRST, we can see the only requirement to be a saint is to accept Jesus as Lord and Saviour. You can only be a saint if you are IN Christ Jesus .. this means you need to have a personal relationship with Jesus

SECOND: All Christians are saints … not just a few chosen ones. Not just a few approved by the pope. NO!! Every person who accepts Jesus as Lord and Saviour become a saint through the blood of Jesus. Not because he is without fault no because of what Jesus did for us on the cross … we are saints through God’s grace.

Bishops: Greek episkopos; Latin, episcopus.

Different terms used for the same office:
BISHOP, ELDER, PASTOR OR PRESBYTER

As early as 50 AD Paul appointed “elders” in every church, with prayer and fasting (Acts 14:23), referring to the Asiatic churches before established. But in writing to the Philippians (Phil 1:1) he speaks of “bishops” and “deacons.”

In the Gentile Christian churches, this title evidently had been adopted; and it is only in the Pastoral Epistles that we find the name “presbyters” applied. The name “presbyter”, “elder,” or “bishop” refers to the same persons. Their office is defined as “ruling” Today we most of the time call them Pastors.

Deacons: The term diakonos

It may be said in general that the terms mean the service of the bondservant (doulos), underling (huperetes) or helper (diakonos).

Probably from diako, to run on errands; an attendant, that is, (generally) a waiter (at a table or in other menial duties); specifically a Christian teacher and pastor (technically a deacon or deaconess): – deacon, minister, servant.

This is the main focus of this message…

1 Paul and Timothy, bondservants of Jesus Christ, To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, with the bishops and deacons:

2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Phil 1-1 All the Saints


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