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Fri Nov 6 15:13:51 PST 2009
“*TWO ARE BETTER THAN ONE” MINISTRIES*
*Jim & Marie Watt*
*Tel: 253-517-9195 - Email: jmbetter at gmail.com*
*November 6, 2009
*K. 4:1-9 PAUL'S 4-FOLD HEART FOR FELLOW-WORKERS AND BELIEVERS*
*1. 4:1 A HIGH EXHORTAION*
H*O*Ste, a-delPHOI mou a-ga-p*e*TOI  kai e-piPOth*e*-toi ,
*So that, my brethren beloved and longed for,*
chaRA  kai STEpaNOS mou, HOUt*o*s ST*E*ke-te  en KuRI*o*, a-ga-p
*my joy and crown, thus stand fast in the Lord, beloved.*
*2. 4:2-3 PAUL'S HEART FOR FELLOW-WORKERS*
*a. 4:2 A WORD FOR TWO WOMEN*
Eu-*o*DIan pa-ra-kaL*O* , kai SunTUch*e*n pa-ra-kaL*O*,* *
*I exhort Euodia, and exhort Syntyche,*
auTO phroNEIN  en KurRI*o*.
*to be of the same mind in the Lord.*
*b. 4:3 A REQUEST TO HELP WORTHY FELLOW-WORKERS *
nai, e-r*o*T*O*  kai se, GN*E*si-e  SUNzu-ge ,
sun-lamBAnou  auTAIS,
*Yes, I ask you also, genuine yokefellow, help them,*
HAIti-nes en t*o* eu-ag-geLI*o* suN*E*THl*e*-SAN  moi,
*who have shared my struggles with me in the gospel, *
meTA KL*E*men-tos, kai t*o*n loiP*O*N su-nerG*O*N  mou,
*with Clement also, and the rest of my fellow-workers,*
h*o*n ta oNOma-ta en BIBl*o* z*o*-*E*S.
*whose names are in the book of life.*
*3. 4:4-7 WORTHY EXHORTATIONS FROM PAUL*
*a. 4:4 REJOICING: PAUL'S HIGH EXHORTATION *
CHAIre-te  en KuRI*o* PANto-te:
*Rejoice in the Lord alway:*
PAlin eR*O*, CHAIre-te.
*again I will say, Rejoice.*
*b. 4:5a ALSO FOR GENTLENESS*
to e-pi-eiKES  huM*O*N gn*o*sTH*E*t*o*  PAsin anTHR*O*pois.
*Let your gentleness be known to all men.*
*c. 4:5b ALSO FOR AWARENESS OF THE LORD'S PRESENCE*
ho KUri-os egGUS.
*The Lord is near.*
*d. 4:6 ALSO FOR PRAYER FOR ALL THINGS*
m*e*DEN me-rimNAte ; all' en panTI t*e* pro-seuCH*E* 
*In nothing be anxious; but in everything by :prayer*
kai t*e* de*E*sei  met' eu-cha-risTIas 
*and supplication with thanksgiving*
ta aiT*E*ma-ta  huM*O*N gn*o*-riZESth*o*  pros ton TheON.
*let your :requests be made known unto :God.*
*e. 4:7 THE PROMISE: GOD'S GUARDIANSHIP THROUGH PEACE*
kai h*e* eiR*E*n*e* tou TheOU, h*e* hu-peREchou-sa  panTA noun,
*And the peace of :God, which passes all understanding,*
phrouR*E*sei  tas karDIas huM*O*N kai ta no*E*ma-ta  huM*O*N en
*shall guard your :hearts and your :thoughts in Christ Jesus.*
*4. 4:8-9 A CLOSING WORD*
*a. 4:8 FINALLY: EIGHT THINGS TO RECKON*
To loiPON, a-delPHOI,
*For the rest, brethren, *
HOsa esTIN a-l*e*TH*E* , HOsa semNA ,
*whatever things are true, whatever are honorable,*
HOsa DIkai-a , HOsa hagNA ,
*whatever are just, whatever are pure,*
HOsa pros-phiL*E* , HOsa EUph*e*ma ;
*whatever are lovely, whatever are of good report;*
ei a-reT*E* , kai ei tis Epai-nos ,
*if there be any virtue, and if any praise,*
TAUta loGIzes-the .
*take account thereof.*
*b. 4:9 GOD'S PEACE: REWARD FOR FOLLOWING PAUL'S EXAMPLE*
ha kai eMAthe-te  kai pa-reLAbe-te 
*What things you both learned and received*
kai *e*KOUsa-te  kai EIde-te  en eMOI, TAUta PRASse-te :
*and heard and saw in me, these do:*
kai ho TheOS t*e*s eiR*E*n*e*s EStai meth' huM*O*N.
*and the God of :peace shall be :with you.*
*I. 4:10-20 A REMARKABLE INSIGHT FROM PAUL ON GIFTS*
*a. 4:10 COMMENDATION FOR HELP RECEIVED *
E-CHAr*e*n  de en KuRI*o* meGAl*o*s ,
*But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly,*
HOti *E*d*e* poTE a-neTHAle-te  to huPER eMOU phroNEIN ;
*that now at length you have revived your :thought for me;*
eph' h*o* kai e-phroNEIte,
*in which you did indeed take thought,*
*e*-kaiREISthe  de.
*but you lacked opportunity.*
*b. 4:11 YET: - PAUL'S POSITION OF VICTORY *
ouch HOti kath' husTEr*e*-sin  LEg*o*:
*Not that I speak in respect of want:*
eG*O* gar Ema-thon , en HOIS ei-mi, auTARk*e*s  EInai.
*for I have learned, in whatever state I am, to be content.*
*c. 4:12 PAUL'S SECRET IN MIDST OF CONTRASTS*
OIda kai ta-peiNOUSthai ,
*I know how to be abased,*
OIda kai pe-risSEUein :
*and I know also how to abound:*
en panTI kai en PAsin meMU*e*-mai 
*in everything and in all things have I leaned the secret*
kai chorTAzes-thai  kai peiNAN ,
*both to be filled and to be hungry,*
kai pe-risSEUein  kai hu-steREISthai .
*both to abound and to be in want.*
*d. 4:13 CHRIST'S INWARD SPIRIT: PAUL'S SECRET*
PANta isCHU*o*  en t*o* en-du-naMOUN-TI  me.
*I can do all things in him that strengthens me.*
*e. 4:14 STILL: - THANKS FOR HELP IN TIME OF NEED *
pl*e*n kaL*O*S e-poi*E*sa-te sun-koi-n*o*N*E*sanTES  mou t*e* THLIpsei
*Howbeit you did well that you had fellowship with my :affliction.*
*f. 4:15-16 CHURCH OF PHILIPPI: ONLY ONE HELPING PAUL*
OIda-te de kai huMEIS Phi-lipP*E*si-oi HOti en arCH*E* tou eu-ag-geLIou,
*And you Philippians also know that in the beginning of the gospel,*
HOte eX*E*Lthon aPO Ma-ke-doNIas,
*when I departed from Macedonia,*
ou-deMIa moi ek-kl*e*SIa e-koiN*O*n*e*-sen 
*no church had fellowship with me*
eis LOgon DOse-*o*s  kai L*E*Mpse-*o*s  ei m*e* huMEIS MOnoi;
*in the matter of giving and receiving but you only;*
HOti kai en Thes-sa-loNIk*e*
*16 for even in Thessalonica*
kai HApax kai dis eis t*e*n CHREIan  moi ePEMpsa-te.
*you sent both once and twice unto my :need.*
*g. 4:17 PAUL'S DESIRE: NOT GIFTS FOR SELF - BUT FRUIT FOR BELIEVERS*
ouch HOti e-pi-z*e*T*O*  to DOma ;
*Not that I seek for the gift;*
alLA e-pi-z*e*T*O* ton karPON ton ple-oNAzon-ta  eis LOgon huM*O*N.
*but I seek for the fruit that increases to your account.*
*h. 4:18 GIFT FROM PHILIPPI: MOST ACCEPTABLE TO GOD*
aPEch*o*  de PANta, kai pe-risSEU*o* : pePL*E*r*o*-mai ,
*But I have all things, and abound: I am filled,*
deXAme-nos paRA E-pa-phroDItou ta par' huM*O*N,
*having received from Epaphroditus the things from you,*
osM*E*N  eu-*o*DIas , thuSIan  dekT*E*N,
*an odor of sweet smell, sacrifice acceptable,*
euAres-ton  t*o* The*O*.
*well-pleasing to :God. *
*i. 4:19 RECOMPENSE IN SUPPLY COMES FROM GOD*
ho de TheOS mou pl*e*R*O*sei  PAsan CHREIan  huM*O*N
*And my :God shall supply your every need*
kaTA to PLOUtos  auTOU en DOx*e*  en ChrisT*O* 'I*e*SOU.
*according to his :riches in glory in Christ Jesus.*
*j. 4:20a ENSURE THAT GOD GETS ALL THE GLORY *
t*o* de The*O* kai paTRI h*e*M*O*N
*Now to our :God and Father*
h*e* DOxa eis tous ai*O*nas  t*o*n ai*O*n*o*n.
*the glory unto the ages of the ages.*
*k. 4:20b Amen. *aM*E*N.
*J. 4:21-22 THE IMPORTANCE OF GREETINGS*
*a. 4:21a SAINTS TO BE GREETED*
AsPAsas-the  PANta HAgi-on  en ChrisT*O* 'I*e*SOU.
*Salute every saint in Christ Jesus.*
*b. 4:21b EVEN FROM BRETHREN AFAR*
AsPAzon-tai huMAS hoi sun eMOI a-delPHOI.
*The brethren :with me salute you.*
*c. 4:22 GREETINGS FROM ALL SAINTS, EVEN CAESAR'S HOUSEHOLD*
asPAzon-tai huMAS panTES hoi HAgi-oi,
*All the saints salute you,*
MAlis-ta  de hoi ek t*e*s KAIsa-ros oiKIas.
*and specially they of the household of Caesar.*
*K. 4:23 CLOSING APOSTOLIC BENEDICTION*
H*e* CHAris tou KuRIou 'I*e*SOU ChrisTOU meTA tou PNEUma-tos huM*O*N.
*The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your :spirit.*
*NOTE**: *From 1953 to 1958 we pastored the Kostner Avenue Baptist Church
of Chicago, a year after I graduated from Northern Baptist Theological
This church was founded by Dad Crittenton, former Superintendent of
“Pacific Garden Mission” of Chicago, and Kimball Piano CEO. His picture was
at the back of the church, and under it a caption, “Just a Little word for
Jesus.” He was a *faithful* witness to the wonder of having Jesus as one's
Savior and Lord. He was also noted for being one of whom no one had ever
heard a critical word pass from his lips concerning a fellow-believer. One
man challenged him - “I'll bet you've even got a good word for the devil.”
That temporarily stopped him. But soon he brightened and responded, “Well,
we *could* emulate *his zeal*!”
This church had seen better days prior to our coming to it in 1953. One of
the first things we inaugurated was a “Through the Bible in a Year” reading
program. It was the first time the majority of the members had ever read the
Bible through. Very soon we had 90% or more of the membership do so. It grew
from 16 members in 1953 to 200 in 1958, and in a few years went right on to
800 members. Our members learned to fast, and before Revival came, we were
having 13 prayer meetings a week. In 1957 we had Dutchie Booth of Bogalusa,
Louisiana come and minister for 8 days. 8 souls came to Jesus at that time,
and within 9 months 92 more came, and all stuck!
Many members started not only reading the Bible through in a year, but
started memorizing it by chapters and books. My wife Marie memorized the
entire book of Philippians at the time our 3 children came! Quite an
accomplishment, and quite a book. On September 27th, one day after our
oldest son Jim's birthday, we mailed one of the first of the 5 Greek
Interlinear Numeric NT readings on this book.
Some 30 years ago, Bob Mumford spoke at the Seattle Arena to some 6000
attendees. When he came to Philippians 4:2, he mentioned that these two
ladies were obviously having a somewhat major difference that needed
settling. He said, “If you have a church with only two members - these two
will be there. 'Euodia” tends to see some others as 'You are odious', and
'Syntyche' tends to be 'Soon Touchy'.” Of course this is a play on words,
but what a challenge for us to bring peace between two such personalities.
And Bob added - “If you have only two members in your church, you will be
one of these two!”
Well - Paul helps us solve such problems, and chapter 4 of Philippians -
and the whole book - is a marvelous problem-solving letter! - J.A.W.
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