Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart; inasmuch as both in my bonds…
We have here a wider idea of that than in verse 5. The apostle and the Philippians being one in their faith in Christ, were one also in their love of each other. Being one with the apostle in Christ, they were one with him in all the vicissitudes of his experience. He refers to himself as in two different situations; in the one he was bound as a prisoner, in the other he was defending and confirming the gospel. In each case the Philippians were partakers of his grace.
I. THE ADVOCACY OF THE BEST OF CAUSES MAY BRING A MAN INTO SOCIAL HUMILIATION.
II. SOCIAL HUMILIATION DOES NOT NECESSARILY INVOLVE MORAL DISHONOUR.
III. WHILE THE MORALLY HONOURABLE ARE SUFFERING FROM SOCIAL HUMILIATION THEY WILL NOT BE ABANDONED BY THE PARTAKERS OF THE SAME GRACE. Another proof of the uniting and consolidating force of Christianity.
(J. Parker, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart; inasmuch as both in my bonds, and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel, ye all are partakers of my grace.
WEB: It is even right for me to think this way on behalf of all of you, because I have you in my heart, because, both in my bonds and in the defense and confirmation of the Good News, you all are partakers with me of grace.