4:1 Therefore, {1} my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and {a} crown, so stand fast in the {b} Lord, [my] dearly beloved.

(1) A rehearsal of the conclusion: that they bravely continue until they have gotten the victory, trusting in the Lord's strength.

(a) My honour.

(b) In that unification of which the Lord is the bond.

4:1 Precepts for Christian Life


Personal Admonitions. Going to the Lord for Help. Setting the Mind on Noble Things. The Supply of His Wants Sent by the Philippians. Parting Salutations.

Therefore. Because you are citizens of a heavenly country (Php 3:20).

My brethren dearly beloved and longed for. The words that follow are words of the most tender affection.

My joy and crown. A joy to him now on account of their faith and affection; a crown of honor to him in the day of accounts, as his coverts.

So stand fast in the Lord. Be steadfast in the way I have pointed out.

4:1 So stand - As ye have done hitherto.

4:1 The believing hope and prospect of eternal life, should make us steady and constant in our Christian course. There is difference of gifts and graces, yet, being renewed by the same Spirit, we are brethren. To stand fast in the Lord, is to stand fast in his strength, and by his grace.