Philippians Class Schedule. Philippians1:15 -17 Preaching Christ.
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15 Some, to be sure, are preaching Christ even from envy and strife, but some also from good will; 16 the latter do it out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel; 17 the former proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition rather than from pure motives, thinking to cause me distress in my imprisonment.
Some, to be sure, are preaching Christ
Who are the “Some” ?
preaching – kerysso* - to preach, to herald, proclaim
see 1 Cor 1:23, 2 Cor 1:19 & 2 Cor 4:5
What gospel were they preaching ?
* all definitions from either Vine or Zodhiates
even from envy and strife
envy – phthonos - is the feeling of displeasure produced by
witnessing or hearing of the advantage or prosperity of others
(has the desire to deprive another of what he has)
see Gal 5:19-21, Rom 1:28-29 & Titus 3:3
strife - eris - strife, quarrel (especially rivalry), contention,
see Gal 5:19-21, Rom 1:28-29, 1 Tim 6:3-4 & Titus 3:9
but some also from good will;
lit: but some (are preaching Christ) from good will
good will- eudokia - good pleasure, from the word to please
see Phil 2:13 & 2 Thess 1:11
What is the source of this good will ?
the latter do it out of love
lit: the latter (the some) do it (proclaim Christ)
out of love
see Rom 10:1 & 1 Thess 1:3
Phil 2:1a (Wuest)
In view of the fact that there is a certain ground of appeal
in Christ which exhorts, since there is a certain tender
persuasion that comes from divine love,
knowing that I am appointed for the defense of
appointed - keimai - to be set, appointed
see Luke 2:3-4 & 1 Thess 3:3
defense - apologia - a speech made in defense (from
the word to give an answer or speech in defense of oneself)
Was Paul’s defense focused on his being in prison ?
see Phil 1:7 & 1 Peter 3:15
the former proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition
rather than from pure motives
selfish ambition -eritheia - denotes ambition, self-seeking
(self-will being an underlying idea in the word)
see Phil 2:3 & Gal 5:19-21
pure motives - hagnōs - denotes “with pure motives”,
akin to words under pure
thinking to cause me distress in my imprisonment
distress - thlipsis - primarily means “a pressing, pressure”
see Phil 4:14, 2 Cor 7:4 & Col 1:24
What was Paul’s response to this distress ?