Midday Bible Study: Gospel 55

Phoebe.jpgWe need to string together a few texts from Paul’s letter to the Philippians.

2: 22 But you know that Timothy has proved himself, because as a son with his father he has served with me in the work of the gospel.

4:2 I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to agree with each other in the Lord. 3 Yes, and I ask you, loyal yokefellow, help these women who have contended at my side in the cause of the
, along with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose
names are in the book of life.

4:15 Moreover,
as you Philippians know, in the early days of your acquaintance with
the gospel
, when I set out from Macedonia, not one church shared with
me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you only; 16 for even when I was in Thessalonica, you sent me aid again and again when I was in need.

Clearly one of Paul’s emphases in gospel work is partnership. He found friends and supporters of the gospel he preached. Both men and women — and some simply refuse to acknowledge the equality he gives women in gospel work in this text. This included Lydia, Acts 16:13-15, who was herself a leader in the church at Philippi, and Phoebe (from Romans 16).

And Paul’s gospel work needed — and it still does today (support gospel work) — financial support. That is the point in the last text.

About Scot McKnight

Scot McKnight is a recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. McKnight, author of more than fifty books, is the Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL.

  • Tom

    Jee Whiz, Scott. If you needed money all you had to was ask. Just give me a routing number so this wire transfer can go through! And give me a secure channel so I can give you my debit and credit card numbers as well, to be used by you as needed, of course!
    P.S. I’m only kidding :-)