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.
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A LessonH. Airay, D. D.Philippians 2:22
Proof of CharacterJ. Lyth, D. D.Philippians 2:22
TimothyJ. Lyth, D. D.Philippians 2:22
The Mission of TimothyT. Croskery Philippians 2:19-23
The True Spirit of Christian UsefulnessD. Thomas Philippians 2:19-24
Christian FriendshipJ. Lyth, D. D.Philippians 2:19-30
Christian IntercourseJ. Lyth, D. D.Philippians 2:19-30
Christian Mutual HappinessL. O. Thompson.Philippians 2:19-30
Paul, Timothy, and EpaphroditusA. Raleigh, D. D.Philippians 2:19-30
The Considerate Missions of Epaphroditus and TimothyR.M. Edgar Philippians 2:19-30
The Mission of TimothyJ. Lyth, D. D.Philippians 2:19-30
The Value of a True ComforterH. W. Beecher.Philippians 2:19-30
Timothy and EpaphroditusR. Finlayson Philippians 2:19-30
Two Characters, Representing Two Aspects of Christian WorkV. Hutton Philippians 2:19-30
The apostle comforts the Philippians with the intimation that, if he cannot himself visit them, he will send them Timothy, who was already well known to them all.

I. HIS OBJECT IN SENDING TIMOTHY. It was twofold.

1. To comfort his own heart. "That I also may be of good heart, when I know your state." The apostle had a tender anxiety respecting the best beloved of all the Churches.

2. To give them guidance for Timothy was one who would "naturally care for their state" with an almost instinctive devotion to their interests.

II. HIS REASON FOR SENDING TIMOTHY IN PREFERENCE TO ANY OTHER.

1. They already known Timothy's devotion to the apostle and to the gospel of Christ. "But ye know the proof of him, that, as a child serveth a father, so he served with me in furtherance of the gospel." When the apostle was at Philippi, Timothy - "mine own son in the faith" - was his congenial assistant, obeying his counsel, and imitating his example, in everything that tended to the edification of the Church.

2. There was no other helper with the apostle at the time possessed of the same quick sympathy with their state as Timothy. "For I have no man like-minded, who will naturally care for your state: for they all seek their own, not the things of Jesus Christ."

(1) The apostle contrasts Timothy with other preachers or evangelists, who sought their own advantage rather than the honor of Christ. He had had sad experience of alienation, halfheartedness, and selfishness in the very circle of the evangelistic companionship. A man's own things may be different from the things of Christ. The highest life is where our interests are identical with the interests of Christ. God will disappoint all other interests.

(2) He commends the anxious concern of Timothy on their behalf.

(a) It was a concern for their spiritual state.

(b) It was, as the word imports, an anxious care on their behalf, testifying at once to his own personal interest in their welfare and to his profound appreciation of the worth of immortal souls.

(c) It was a concern natural to one inheriting the interests and the affections of his spiritual father.

(d) It was implanted in his soul by the Lord himself; for it was with him as with Titus; "Thanks be to God, which put the same earnest care for you into the heart of Titus" (2 Corinthians 8:16). - T.C.







But ye know the proof of him
I.HIS FILIAL ATTACHMENT TO PAUL.

II.HIS COOPERATION IN THE SERVICE OF THE GOSPEL.

III.HIS TRIED AND FAITHFUL CHARACTER.

(J. Lyth, D. D.)

I. IS REQUIRED —

1. In every station.

2. Particularly in a minister.

II. IS GIVEN —

1. By faithful service.

2. Willing and childlike submission to superiors.

III. BRINGS HONOUR.

1. It commands observation.

2. Wins confidence.

3. Ensures success.

(J. Lyth, D. D.)

As a son with the father
I. TO YOUNGER MINISTERS to honour and reverence their ancients, and have them for an example.

II. TO YOUTHS to have proper regard to their elders (1 Timothy 5:1-2; Leviticus 19:32).

III. TO CHILDREN to obey their parents.

IV. TO SPIRITUAL CHILDREN in regard to those who have begotten them in the faith of Christ Jesus (Philemon 1:10; 1 Corinthians 4:15; Galatians 4:19).

(H. Airay, D. D.)

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