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Philippians (Tyndale New Testament Commentaries) Paperback – Apr 1987


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  • Paperback: 187 pages
  • Publisher: Inter-Varsity Press; 2nd Revised edition edition (April 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0851118801
  • ISBN-13: 978-0851118802
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 13.4 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,251,794 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For anyone who has been separated from the one they love, this commentary highlights the pain that Paul feels being separated from his Christian brothers and sisters. Obviously in this day and age of facetime and skype, no one is that far away visually. However, in Paul's time there were no mobile phones or laptops. In fact, thirty years ago there were no mobiles or laptops. The way you kept in touch was by letters, and this is what Paul does in his letter to the church in Philippi, Greece. He longs to be reunited with his converts because he has them in his heart. I know that when I became a Christian back in October 1987 at the same time as an old school friend, I longed to be reunited with her when we were away from church because I had her in my heart. Paul yearns for his converts with the affection of Jesus Christ, just as I yearned for my old school friend who became a Christian at the same time as me. This letter is affectionate, and the commentary really brings that out.

The commentary also highlights that Christians should not be afraid of death. Paul was in prison when he wrote this letter, and he knew that eventually he would die for his faith. The author, Ralph P. Martin, says that 'death for the Christian will usher him into the immediate presence of his Lord'. To be dead is to be away from the body, but at home with the Lord in spirit. This is comforting to know that death is not the end. It is merely the beginning of an eternal fellowship with God. Paul is torn between the two. He would rather die to be with Christ, but for the sake of his new converts it is better for him to remain in the body. I know when I became a Christian I wanted to depart to be with Christ rather than remain in the body.
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