Philippians - Pursuing Christ to Know Him

by Thomas W. Finley

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Philippians: Pursuing Christ to Know Him From a book review in a theological journal:
“While this book has a foreign audience primarily in mind, anybody looking for a Free Grace understanding of Philippians will benefit from it. The church needs more commentaries on the books of the NT from this perspective. I highly recommend it.”
- Kenneth W. Yates, PhD (Editor, The Journal of the Grace Evangelical Society).

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"Tom Finley has written a solid commentary on Philippians whose strength lies in two distinct features: (1) it is written with the application of a consistently literal, grammatical-historical hermeneutic; and (2) it is written in a sublimely simple tone without reducing the book to mere simplicity. The target audience--working pastors and missionaries in the field--will appreciate this commentary's easy flow coupled with attention to important key themes and concepts that are essential to understand Paul's intention. The consideration paid to historical context, insights from the original Greek text, and life applications make Tom's work on Philippians a valuable resource for believers, pastors and Christian workers in countries where there is the need of quality Christian literature.”
- Cory M. Marsh, MA., MDiv., ThM. Bible and Theology Programs Coordinator Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies Southern California Seminary

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Copyright © 2014 by Thomas W. Finley. Revised edition, 2018. Permission is granted to copy, translate, reprint or distribute this book. Free distribution is encouraged. Copies may not be sold for profit without the express permission of the author. Quotation privileges are also hereby granted.

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I wish to thank several people for their help in reviewing the manuscript for this book and making suggestions for improvement. Cory Marsh, Donnie Preslar and Norman Young were most helpful in reviewing the manuscript for soundness in matters of interpretation, theology and practical application. Both Cory Marsh and Norman Young made insightful suggestions regarding the Greek text. These brothers are academically trained in New Testament Greek whereas I am not. I rely upon commentaries, lexicons and other reference books for some understanding of the Greek text.

Several other believers dedicated valuable time to review the manuscript and they brought forth good ideas for revision. These reviewers were Bobby John, Angelica Fazio and John Reid. The final version of the book could not be what it is without their generous help.

It was certainly rewarding to work together with other members of the body of Christ in preparing this commentary. It is beautiful to see members of Christ’s body freely serve in this way for the purpose of helping others within His body who will read this book.

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And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart" (Jer. 29:13, NASB)