Leslie M. John
“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:5)
Apostle Paul writing along with Timothy to the saints at Philippi shows how grateful he was to God for the good fellowship he had with them.
He says he constantly remembered them in every supplication inasmuch as he saw in them good fellowship and their devotion to work for Jesus Christ from the time he has known them.
He was confident that God fulfills his purpose in them to see that the good work started by them would bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. He was grateful beyond measure to the saints at Philippi and he acknowledged this fact. (Philippians 4:15)
Sometimes it becomes hard for Christians to identify themselves as ’saints’ with wrong notion that a ’saint’ is the one, who has exceptional and exemplary devotion to God. Contrary to this, every believer in Christ is a ’saint’. That is how Paul addressed them that they are saints. He was grateful to have fellowship with them and thanks God for giving them as fellow believers.
There are few wonderful lessons to be learnt here from the life of Apostle Paul, who was blessed by God to work among Gentiles. He was basically a minister of Gentiles. Apostle Paul was a Jew, a Pharisee, and from the tribe of Benjamin, yet his focus was turned on, by God, to minister for Gentiles. He elevated his colleague Timothy to the level of equal partner with him in his ministry and writer of the epistle to Philippians, although he was the main writer.
In 1 Timothy 1:2 Paul called him “Unto Timothy, my own son in the faith”. In the epistle to Philippians he expresses his joy that he had experienced during his sufferings because through those sufferings the Lord’s name was glorified. (Philippians 1:12-14), for the gifts he had received there (Philippians 4:18), and on many more things. His advice to Philippians was to comfort on another in Christ, to love one another, and be of one accord and one mind without resorting to do anything in strife or vain glory.
I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy, For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now; (Philippians 1:3-5).