Today, more than ever before people, especially the young, love to enjoy themselves.  Looking for means of enjoyment is often the pre-occupation of those in “the western world.”   They seek situations in which they can have fun, play games, watch shows and much more.  Planning for weekends, especially Easter and holidays are special times to rejoice.

Our thoughts on this were sparked by the number of times Paul uses the word “rejoice” in his letter to the Philippians.  What kind of rejoicing is he writing about?  It is a contrast to most of the rejoicing today.  We read yesterday about Paul sending back to Philippi a brother from there that had been with Paul and he had been “ill, near to death.  But God had mercy on him, but not only on him but on me also, lest I should have sorrow on sorrow.  I am the more eager to send him therefore that you may rejoice at seeing him again.” [2 v.27,28]. What a good reason for rejoicing! 

Today’s chapter 3 starts with, “Finally my brothers, rejoice in the Lord”.   We can ask, rejoice about what?   From when Paul was converted many troubles came into his life but, but he writes, “I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord … forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.  Let those of us who are mature think in this way … let us hold true to what we have attained” [v.8,13-16].  Are we among the “mature.”?

In all these things Paul rejoices, summing up this attitude in his final chapter, “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say rejoice” [4 v.4].  In writing to the Romans he put it in just 3 words, “Rejoice in hope” [12 v.12]   But what hope is this?  

Peter answers this question.  He writes of “salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice” [1 Peter 1 v.5,6]  But Peter lived in difficult times and this could soon be our situation, if it is not so already, so note his words, “do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test youbut rejoice insofar as you share in Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.” [4 v.12-13].



Christadelphianvideo.org exists to serve the brotherhood in providing both preaching and Study material in video and other forms to assist in the proclamation efforts of individuals and Ecclesias alike and also as a preaching tool in itself.

This website was set up to assist in this endeavour and our aim is to Declare the God of Israel to those who are seeking the truth about the Human condition and the message of salvation found within the pages of scripture (the Bible).

We are a group of Baptised Christadelphians from all over the world who volunteer their God given time and resources to this cause.

Follow us on our dedicated Facebook page (click Images)

or our dedicated FACEBOOK group

Or our website http://bibletruthandprophecy.com/

If you would like to subscribe to our channel, once you have clicked ‘Subscribe’ make sure you click the cog next to the subscribe button and select ‘Send me all notifications for this channel’

Download our ‘Free’ Bible APP – ‘KeyToThe Bible’ for i-phone or Android

Bible App

For more information on the Christadelphians


Read a variety of booklets on-line concerning various key Bible subjects.

True Bible Teaching Booklets






Make A Comment

Privacy Preferences
When you visit our website, it may store information through your browser from specific services, usually in form of cookies. Here you can change your privacy preferences. Please note that blocking some types of cookies may impact your experience on our website and the services we offer.