Philippians 4:9

9 What you have learned and 1received and heard and seen 2in me--practice these things, and 3the God of peace will be with you.

Philippians 4:9 Meaning and Commentary

Philippians 4:9

These things which ye have both learned
Meaning from himself, in a doctrinal way: and received;
not only into their heads but hearts, had embraced cordially, with great affection, in the love thereof, as well as given a full assent to: and heard;
either publicly or privately, from the pulpit, or in conversation; or had heard of him when absent, or from him when present: and seen in me:
in his life and conversation, which were well known, and were a pattern to them that believe; and therefore he adds, do;
practise the same things which they had learned from him as their duty, and had heard him urge as such, and had seen exemplified in himself: and the God of peace shall be with you;
to give that peace which is beyond the conception of a natural man, and the expression of a spiritual one, and is the great preservative through Christ; and to enable to do and to continue to do the above things, and to keep them from all harm, and every enemy of their souls; to favour them with his gracious presence here, and with endless peace hereafter.

Philippians 4:9 In-Context

7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
9 What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me--practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
10 I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity.
11 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.

Cross References 3

  • 1. 1 Thessalonians 4:1
  • 2. [Philippians 3:17]
  • 3. [ver. 7]; See Romans 15:33
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