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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Philippians 1:3-6

The apostle proceeds after the inscription and benediction to thanksgiving for the saints at Philippi. He tells them what it was he thanked God for, upon their account. Observe here, I. Paul remembered them: he bore them much in his thoughts; and though they were out of sight, and he was at a distance from them, yet they were not out of his mind: or, Upon every mention of you?epi pase te mneia. As he often thought of them, so he often spoke of them, and delighted to hear them spoken of. The... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - Philippians 1:3-11

(1) The Christian Joy ( Philippians 1:3-11 ) 1:3-11 In all my remembrance of you I thank my God for you, and always in every one of my prayers, I pray for you with joy, because you have been in partnership with me for the furtherance of the gospel from the first day until now, and of this I am confident, that he who began a good work in you will complete it so that you may be ready for the day of Jesus Christ. And it is right for me to feel like this about you, because I have you in my... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Philippians 1:6

Being confident of this very thing ,.... The reason of his thanksgiving, and of his making request with joy continually on the behalf of this church, was the confidence and full persuasion he had of this same thing, of which he could be as much assured as of any thing in the world: that he which hath begun a good work in you, will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ : by this good work is not meant the preaching of the Gospel among them, nor a Gospel church state set up in the... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Philippians 1:6

Being confident - There shall be nothing lacking on God's part to support you; and to make you wise, holy and happy; and bring you at last to his kingdom and glory. read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Philippians 1:6

Verse 6 6Persuaded of this very thing. An additional ground of joy is furnished in his confidence in them for the time to come. (33) But some one will say, why should men dare to assure themselves for to-morrow amidst so great an infirmity of nature, amidst so many impediments, ruggednesses, and precipices? (34) Paul, assuredly, did not derive this confidence from the steadfastness or excellence of men, but simply from the fact, that God had manifested his love to the Philippians. And... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Philippians 1:3-8

St. Paul an example to all Christian ministers. I. HE REMEMBERS HIS CONVERTS . He was possessed through and through with an ardent love of souls. Like the good Shepherd, he knew his sheep, and cared for them with a sincere, self-sacrificing affection. He worked for them while he could; in prison he does not forget them. His thoughts are not taken up with his own hardships and dangers. The care of all the Churches still occupies his mind. He has his converts in his heart; it is his... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Philippians 1:3-11

The apostle's intercession and assurance. Having saluted a well-organized Church with its bishops and deacons, Paul proceeds to express his thanksgivings and his intercessions. From this Church at Philippi alone had he received supplies. By the hand of Epaphroditus they had forwarded their love-tokens to the imprisoned apostle, and he rejoiced in the sympathy this showed with the furtherance of the gospel. Accordingly he proceeds to prayer, and pours out his significant intercessions for... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Philippians 1:3-11

Expression of interest. I. THANKSGIVING . 1 . Whom he thanked. "I thank my God." As it was in connection with their matters that he thanked God, he might have said, "I thank your God." As he made common cause with them, he might have said, "I thank our God." As he felt personally indebted to God on their account, what he says is, "I thank my God." 2 . Upon what he proceeded in thanksgiving. "Upon all my remembrance of you." This was a gracious word with which, as a wise... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Philippians 1:6

Being confident of this very thing . St. Paul's thanksgiving refers, not only to the past, but also to the future. He has a confident trustfulness in God's power and love. The words αὐτὸ τοῦτο might mean "on this account," i.e. on account of the perseverance described in Philippians 1:5 , but the order seems to support the ordinary rendering. That he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it; rather, as R.V., which began. Both ἐναρξάμενος and ἐπιτελέσει ... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Philippians 1:6

The grounds of the apostle's thanksgiving. "Being confident of this very thing, that he which began a good work in you will perfect it till the day of Christ." I. THE SUBJECT OF HIS CONFIDENCE . "A good work," regarded: 1 . In itself. It is the work of grace or salvation in the human soul. 2 . In its development. It has a beginning and an ending. It is God, not man, who begins it; and he who begins it ends it. It is thus a good work, II. THE GROUNDS OF ... read more

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