Philippians 3:1Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you is no trouble to me and is safe for you.
Paul was writing to the Philippian believers to help them continue to live abundantly even as they were starting to be persecuted. He continually taught them to obey as Jesus commanded him to do. (Matthew 28:20 “teach them to obey everything I have commanded you…”). In the verse he commands them to continually rejoice in the Lord. Jesus commanded us to rejoice and be glad when we are persecuted (Matthew 5:11-12). Eight times Paul uses the verb meaning “rejoice” in his short letter to thePhilippians.
Let’s look at each one:
Philippians 1:18 “What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice. Yes, and I will rejoice” - Paul rejoices that Christ is
Philippians 2:17 “Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all.” – Paul is glad and rejoicing even when persecuted because of his sacrifice in helping the Philippians live in the faith by faith.
Philippians 2:18 “Likewise you also should be glad and rejoice with me.” – Paul calls the
Philippians to rejoice and be glad with Paul as he suffers for the gospel.
Philippians 2:28” I am the more eager to send him, therefore, that you may rejoice at seeing him again, and that I may be less anxious.” – Paul sends Epaphroditus home so his people may rejoice at seeing him again.
Philippians 3:1 “Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you
is no trouble to me and is safe for you.” - Paul writes for the Philippians to rejoice in the Lord while false teachers are attempting to lead them astray and they are undergoing persecution.
Philippians 4:4 “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.” - In the midst of
conflict in the church family, Paul commands the Philippians to rejoice in the Lord.
Philippians 4:10 “I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your
concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity.” – Paul tells the Philippians how he rejoiced concerning their renewed concern for him.
Paul is making clear in Philippians that we are to rejoice continually at all times in our life.
How do we rejoice in the Lord? The definition of rejoice is: to be in a state of happiness and well-being, to rejoice, to be glad. When we rejoice in the Lord, we are reminding ourselves that in Jesus we have our well- being, our happiness, and all that makes that well-being and happiness possible. We are reminding ourselves that we have every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies, that we are more than conquerors in Christ, that His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Jesus. Rejoicing in the Lord keeps us focused on the Solution to all our trials, our Victory over all our trials, our Supplier of all the resources that make our well-being and happiness possible in the good times and the bad.
So what is the lesson we are to learn and practice at all times – good and bad? Rejoice continually in the Lord and experience His abundant life in the good times and the bad alike. How does the Scripture say you are to daily live? How are you living? Compare the answers to the two questions and answer the next question. What changes or growth do you need to make? Make those changes by attempting to do them expecting the Lord Jesus to help you do it – that is living by faith in the Son of God.