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Philip, Philippians, and the Philippines

Dearest readers,

First and foremost, we are going to peep again to issues regarding names and its pertinence to our daily lives in consultation to the “Reader” or the “Biblical Priest” Brother Eliseo “Eli” Soriano. In my little capacity to share what I’ve learned from his discussions of “our” common faith, let me introduce you to his topic :



“Philip” is a common name especially named to males and its corresponding spanish form is “Felipe”. If you happened to scan the pages of the history of the world, you can analyze that “Philip” is an old name. It first appeared in the new testament as follows:

Now the names of the twelve apostles are these; The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother;Philip, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the publican; James the son of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus; ( KJV Matthew 10:2-3 www.addbible.com )

Mark 6:17 tells us the following: For Herod himself had sent forth and laid hold upon John, and bound him in prison for Herodias’ sake, his brother Philip‘s wife: for he had married her.

“Philip” according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip is “Philip is a given name, derived from the Greek Philippos (Φίλιππος), meaning “lover of horses” or “friend of horses”. From φίλος (philos) “friend” and ίππος (hippos) “horse”.[1] Philip (and alternative spellings Phillip, Philippe, Philipp, Felip, Felipe, Filip, Filipe) … Therefore, the name is lovelily attached to riding “horses.” If you noticed,renowned people names “Philip” had something to do with the business of riding or using “horses.” But before we go on investigating their “attachment” to horses, let us review the conversations of St. Philip in the Bible:

Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?  (John 14:8-9)

Philip is theGreek Philippos (Φίλιππος), meaning “lover of horses.” Biblically speaking, horses are always recounted in the Bible as important:

2 Kings 2:11 And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.

Jeremiah 5:8 They were as fed horses in the morning: every one neighed after his neighbour’s wife.  

You see above how figuratively “horses” was used in the manner of  “swiftness” and as a simile to mean “treat with contemptuous disregard.”

5483 cuwc soos or cuc {soos}; from an unused root meaning to skip (properly, for joy); a horse (as leaping); also a swallow (from its rapid flight):–crane, horse((-back, -hoof)). (from www.eliyah.com/lexicon.html)

So, if you happened to analyze the conversation above, Philip skipped John 10:30 which says:

I and my Father are one.

But it doesn’t mean that Philip didn’t know the above declaration.  Now, there was a time when Philip met the eunoch:

And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him. And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.  (Acts 8:38-39)

The facts above show us complete what “Philip” meant because of the three factors: the chariot, the spirit that carried Philip away and the eunuch’s rejoicing.

Now, because we finished investigating “Philip” we come now to the “Philippians.” From Strong’s dictionary of Hebrew and Greek we have the following:

5374. Philippesios fil-ip-pay’-see-os from 5375; a Philippesian (Philippian), i.e. native of Philippi:–Philippian.

5376. Philippos fil’-ip-pos from 5384 and 2462; fond of horses; Philippus, the name of four Israelites:–Philip.

But “horses” in the Bible are distinguished through “colors” but from the above-mentioned “Philippus” is a particular name of 4 Israelites. Perhaps we should use the number “4” attached to the “colored” horses mentioned in the Bible.

Zec 6:2 In the first chariot were red horses; and in the second chariot black horses
Zec 6:3 And in the third chariot white horses; and in the fourth chariot grisled and bay horses

We just stated here the “colored” horses in Zechariah but we will not lead this to the Revelations of St. John the Beloved. I suggest you yourself read the four horses in the Apocalypse of John.

Philippi, according http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippi , (in Greek Φίλιπποι/ Philippoi) was a city in eastern Macedonia, in northern ancient Greece, founded by Philip II in 356 BC .  And because there were Philippian christians during St. Paul’s and St. Timothy’s  ministry, let us cite few verses:

Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife and some also of good will. The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds but the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defence of the gospel.What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretence, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice. (Philippians 1:15-18)

See thew following:


In relation to our topic, there are also christians from the Philippines whether real or false. These Filipino christians perhaps live inside or outside the Philippines.


Very truly yours,

Enton Ces