Philippians 1:5
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New International Version
because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now,

New Living Translation
for you have been my partners in spreading the Good News about Christ from the time you first heard it until now.

English Standard Version
because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.

Berean Study Bible
because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.

Berean Literal Bible
for your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now,

New American Standard Bible
in view of your participation in the gospel from the first day until now.

King James Bible
For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.

International Standard Version
because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.

NET Bible
because of your participation in the gospel from the first day until now.

New Heart English Bible
for your partnership in furtherance of the Good News from the first day until now;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For your partnership in The Gospel from the first day, and until now,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I can do this because of the partnership we've had with you in the Good News from the first day [you believed] until now.

New American Standard 1977
in view of your participation in the gospel from the first day until now.

Jubilee Bible 2000
for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now,

King James 2000 Bible
For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now;

American King James Version
For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now;

American Standard Version
for your fellowship in furtherance of the gospel from the first day until now;

Douay-Rheims Bible
For your communication in the gospel of Christ from the first day until now.

Darby Bible Translation
because of your fellowship with the gospel, from the first day until now;

English Revised Version
for your fellowship in furtherance of the gospel from the first day until now;

Webster's Bible Translation
For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now;

Weymouth New Testament
I thank my God, I say, for your cooperation in spreading the Good News, from the time it first came to you even until now.

World English Bible
for your partnership in furtherance of the Good News from the first day until now;

Young's Literal Translation
for your contribution to the good news from the first day till now,
Study Bible
Thanksgiving and Prayer
4In every prayer for all of you, I always pray with joy, 5because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. 6For I am confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will continue to perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.…
Cross References
Acts 2:42
They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.

Acts 16:12
From there, we went to the Roman colony of Philippi, the leading city of that district of Macedonia. And we stayed there several days.

Philippians 1:7
It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart. For in my chains and in my defense and confirmation of the gospel, you are all partners in grace with me.

Philippians 1:12
Now I want you to know, brothers, that my circumstances have actually served to advance the gospel.

Philippians 1:16
The latter do so in love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel.

Philippians 1:27
Nevertheless, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in one spirit, contending side by side for the faith of the gospel,

Philippians 2:12
Therefore, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not only in my presence, but now even more in my absence, continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling.

Philippians 2:22
But you know Timothy's proven worth, that as a child with his father he has served with me to advance the gospel.

Philippians 4:3
Yes, and I ask you, my true yokefellow, to help these women who have labored with me for the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life.

Philippians 4:15
And as you Philippians know, in the early days of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church but you partnered with me in the matter of giving and receiving.
Treasury of Scripture

For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now;

Philippians 1:7 Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have …

Philippians 4:14 Notwithstanding you have well done, that you did communicate with my affliction.

Acts 16:15 And when she was baptized, and her household, she sought us, saying, …

Romans 11:17 And if some of the branches be broken off, and you, being a wild …

Romans 12:13 Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.

Romans 15:26 For it has pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain …

1 Corinthians 1:9 God is faithful, by whom you were called to the fellowship of his …

2 Corinthians 8:1 Moreover, brothers, we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed …

Ephesians 2:19-22 Now therefore you are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow …

Ephesians 3:6 That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and …

Colossians 1:21-23 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by …

Philemon 1:17 If you count me therefore a partner, receive him as myself.

Hebrews 3:14 For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of …

2 Peter 1:1 Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ…

1 John 1:3,7 That which we have seen and heard declare we to you, that you also …

(5) For your fellowship in the gospel.--More properly, towards the gospel, or, as affecting the gospel. The construction is illustrated by the more limited use of the same Greek word (as in Romans 15:26; 2Corinthians 9:13) in the sense of "contribution"; in which case the word "towards" introduces the objects of the almsgiving there specified. Accordingly St. Paul must be taken here to mean the fellow-working of the Philippians in the ministry of the gospel, of which he speaks still more distinctly in Philippians 1:7. That fellow-working had been shown (see Philippians 4:15) even "in the beginning of the gospel," by a contribution to St. Paul's needs--not perhaps his personal needs only--which from them, and (so far as we know) from them only, he consented to accept.

Verse 5. - For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now; rather, as R.V., for your fellowship in furtherance of the gospel. This verse should be taken in connection with Ver. 3. St. Paul thanks God for their help, their co-operation towards the work of the gospel. They helped forward the work by their prayers, their labors, and their liberal bounty. This fellowship began "in the beginning of the gospel," when the Philippians sent aid to the apostle at Thessalonica and Corinth; it continued "until now" ten years; they had just sent their alms to St. Paul at Rome by phroditus (Philippians 4:10). For your fellowship in the Gospel,.... Or "for your communication unto the Gospel"; that is, to the support of it. These Philippians were one of the churches of Macedonia the apostle so highly commends for their liberality in 2 Corinthians 8:1; they had been very communicative to him, and those that were with him, from the beginning of the Gospel being preached to them: as the instances of Lydia and the jailer show, and which are taken notice of in this epistle, Philippians 4:15; And this same generous spirit still continued, of which their present by Epaphroditus was an evidence; and for this the apostle gives thanks, not only that they had an ability to support the Gospel, and assist Gospel ministers, but that they were willing to communicate, and did communicate, readily and cheerfully, largely and liberally; or this may intend their "participation in the Gospel", as the Arabic version renders it. The Gospel was in a very wonderful and providential manner brought unto them, and it was attended with mighty power to the conversion of them; they received it with joy and gladness, and cheerfully submitted to the ordinances of it; they had much light into it, and spiritual knowledge of it; and were made partakers of the blessings of grace, which are revealed and exhibited in it, and of the exceeding great and precious promises of it, for which the apostle gives thanks to God; for all this was from him, and a wonderful instance of his grace it was. Moreover, through the Gospel being thus brought unto them, and succeeded among them, they became a Gospel church, and had, through the Gospel, and the ordinances of it, fellowship one with another; yea, they had fellowship with the Father, and his Son Jesus Christ, unto which they were called by the Gospel; and in this they remained

from the first day until now; they continued in the Gospel which they were made partakers of, and in fellowship with one another, in breaking of bread, and in prayer, and in hearing the word, which they constantly attended to, and were blessed with communion with Father, Son, and Spirit, to that time; and therefore the apostle continued from the first of their receiving the Gospel, to that moment, to give thanks to God for them on that account: for this last clause may be connected with the words in Philippians 1:3, "I thank my God", as well as with those immediately preceding, "your fellowship in the Gospel"; and shows not only their perseverance in the Gospel, from the first to the present time, as the Ethiopic version renders it, for which he was abundantly thankful; but the continuance of his thankfulness on that account, from his first acquaintance with them to that time. 5. Ground of his "thanking God" (Php 1:3): "For your (continued) fellowship (that is, real spiritual participation) in (literally, 'in regard to') the Gospel from the first day (of your becoming partakers in it) until now." Believers have the fellowship of the Son of God (1Co 1:9) and of the Father (1Jo 1:3) in the Gospel, by becoming partakers of "the fellowship of the Holy Ghost" (2Co 13:14), and exercise that fellowship by acts of communion, not only the communion of the Lord's Supper, but holy liberality to brethren and ministers (Php 4:10, 15, "communicated … concerning giving"; 2Co 9:13; Ga 6:6; Heb 13:16, "To communicate forget not").1:1-7 The highest honour of the most eminent ministers is, to be servants of Christ. And those who are not really saints on earth, never will be saints in heaven. Out of Christ, the best saints are sinners, and unable to stand before God. There is no peace without grace. Inward peace springs from a sense of Divine favour. And there is no grace and peace but from God our Father, the fountain and origin of all blessings. At Philippi the apostle was evil entreated, and saw little fruit of his labour; yet he remembers Philippi with joy. We must thank our God for the graces and comforts, gifts and usefulness of others, as we receive the benefit, and God receives the glory. The work of grace will never be perfected till the day of Jesus Christ, the day of his appearance. But we may always be confident God will perform his good work, in every soul wherein he has really begun it by regeneration; though we must not trust in outward appearances, nor in any thing but a new creation to holiness. People are dear to their ministers, when they receive benefit by their ministry. Fellow-sufferers in the cause of God should be dear one to another.
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