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William Hendriksen, an exegete with a long career, sets out his vision on the writings of the apostle Paul in his book “Philippians.” In this respect, he emphasizes in his commentaries that, “When writing or preaching, the character of the message will be affected by the preacher’s opinion of his readers or listeners. There will be a difference whether you consider them righteous or great sinners...”

BIBLE STUDY In his second missionary journey (50-51 to 53-54 AD), Paul, accompanied by Silas and Timothy, reached Troas, a city in the southern part of what is believed to be the site of ancient Troy. Although Troas is now a desolate ruin, in the time of the apostle it was one of the most important ports of Asia. The ship on which they made the journey had to pass very close to the Hellespont on its direct route to the island of Samothrace. The next day, the group arrived at Neapolis, the port of Philippi, where their fast journey of only two days ended. From Neapolis, the missionaries continued on foot to Philippi. “Philippians,” which was first published by Baker Book House in 1962, offers practical and doctrinal considerations that will help God’s ministers in the preparation of their preaching and will also contribute to the Bible study of believers. In addition, this book addresses several problems of more specialized character through critical notes. Thus, a complete and adequate treatment of this Bible book of the New Testament is assured. One day, when Paul was in prison, he received a pleasant visit. The visitor was Epaphroditus, one of the leaders of the church of Philippi, who had been sent to Paul as delegate from that church. He brought with him a generous donation from the Philippians. If he made the trip by land, he must have crossed a distance comparable to the one between New York and Chicago. Anyway, whether by sea or land, he had to travel over 800 miles. However, because of the radical difference between their means of transport and ours today, it took the messenger of Philippi much longer than it would take us now. William Hendriksen, a well-known evangelical scholar and famous writer of commentaries on the Scriptures, authored a series of publications that addressed half of the New Testament books. Born on November 18, 1900, Hendriksen has been described as one of the leading and most respected commentators of the Bible. In his long existence, until his death on January 12, 1982, he served the Lord through a ministry that combined evangelization with written communication. FROM PRISON Philippians belongs to a group of four epist-

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les Colossians, Philemon, Ephesians, and Philippians that are commonly known as the “epistles of captivity.” In them, Paul writes for the first time as a prisoner. As we read these letters, we note how profoundly affected the writer was by his imprisonment. However, he is not discouraged. Is he not the prisoner of Christ Jesus, whose magnificence he speaks about in this letter and in Colossians and Ephesians? It is clear, therefore, that Colossians, Philemon, and Ephesians belong to the same group, and were probably given to their respective addressees by the same person, Tychicus. Hendriksen, born in the Netherlands, stated in his writing on Philippians, “The structure of the letters found in the New Testament is different from the one used today. Our letters end with the name of the sender, whereas in the times of Paul it was at the beginning. It is necessary to emphasize that this was the model used in the cultured society of the days of Paul. The apostle simply poured his Christian message into the conventional molds, a fact that is evident in Philippians.” PAUL’S HAND To the question “Who wrote Philippians?” we can easily answer: the apostle Paul. We read, indeed, that Timothy was associated with him. “Paul and Timothy, servants of

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Magazine Evangelistic Impact Edition October 2016 English language

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Magazine Evangelistic Impact Edition October 2016 English language

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