Philippians is an epistle of joy and encouragement in the midst of adverse circumstances. Norman Grubb’s focus in his commentary on Philippians is Paul’s intercessory life. Norman breaks down Paul’s letter into the three stages of maturity we go through as Christians. Paul moves from the fallacy of pride in human achievement, to suffering the loss of all things that were
formerly important as he sees himself as who he truly was–in union with Christ at his spirit center. Finally, he counts all things as dung, privileged to pay the intercessor’s cost to further the “high calling” of taking the truth to a dying world. He is poured out for others, as was His Savior. Norman refers to Jesus’ life as having a hidden basis of renunciation. We don’t easily see the glory, but we can see from this epistle that the same was true of Paul’s life.
DISCLAIMER: This audio was recorded live at an informal gathering in the 1980’s, and so the quality is less than ideal. Some listeners may also find the speech of Norman Grubb difficult to follow. Despite these considerations, we believe the spirit truths within this recording to be most precious and therefore worthy of sharing with any eager seeker of “the mystery hidden from the ages.”