Exposition of Paul's Epistle to the Philippians, John Hutchinson, hard cover

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''This expositional commentary traces with care the unfolding of Paul’s thought and applies the principles that are laid bare to the needs of believers. Hutchinson deals deftly with the apostle’s varying moods and shows how these provide a pattern for the Christian’s growth.

This is an excellent volume, perspicuous and practical'' (Cyril Barber, The Minister’s Library, Vol. 2, p. 149)

Hutchinson remarks: ''Emotion mingles so largely with the thought [of the apostle], that the sudden transitions, and the subtle links of connection, as well as the delicate shades of meaning, at times almost baffle investigation.''
(Preface, p. vi).

The apostle Paul of course loved all the saints. Yet in this epistle his love for the Philippians is so deep and strong that he becomes fervent in expressing his love. This so closely mingled with his love and appreciation for his Lord Jesus Christ makes this epistle to stir the heart of the reader to its highest pinnacle of devotion.

The author depicts Paul in all of his lovely character, which is greatly enhanced by the apostle’s humility as seen in chapter 3. Here you
will see him urging all to join him in pressing ''on after a mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus (3:14)..The apostle had risen high above his fellows, yet he claims no superiority, but states, ''Not that I have already obtained, or am already made perfect (3:12).

As nearly all will agree, however, the most precious section of this epistle appear in the second chapter where the reader is urged to avoid ''esteeming himself as surpassing others, but rather to esteem others above self'' (2:3),
Then it is that he pens one of the most sublime sections of the Holy Scriptures as he sets forth the Lord Jesus Christ as the ultimate example, ''For think this within you which also was in Christ Jesus, who in the form of God subsisting, not thought it robbery to be equal with God,'' etc.
(2:5, 6). Hutchinson’s exposition of this section is worth the price of the book.

Though this author like nearly all others, continually treats the words of the apostle as if they were his own original words formulated in his own brain and expressed according to his own background and personality, it must be  remembered that these words are nevertheless divinely inspired words which are being written, that Paul, was one of the ''holy men of God'' who spoke as he was ''being borne along by the Holy Spirit'' (2 Peter 3:18). Every writer of the Scriptures wrote eternal words, words formulated in eternity by the Holy Trinity.  328 pages, blue hard cover

 

 

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