Philippians 1. Forum Discussion

Just as was the case in our recently concluded study on the book of Ephesians, Paul writes this epistle while under Roman imprisonment. Chapter 1 gives great insight into Paul’s love for Christ, his relentless faith in the face of persecution, and his fondness for the brethren in Philippi.

Paul is weighing the benefits of dying while in prison and getting to be with Jesus against his desire to return to Philippi and help those that he cares for so deeply. Paul has remarkable perspective given his current situation. He states in the 12th verse, “ Now I want you to know, brethren, that my circumstances have turned out for the greater progress of the gospel, so that my imprisonment in the cause of Christ has become well known throughout the whole praetorian guard and to everyone else, and that most of the brethren, trusting in the Lord because of my imprisonment, have far more courage to speak the word of God without fear.”

Chapter 1 concludes with an exhortation to the afflicted: “Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or remain absent, I will hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel; in no way alarmed by your opponents—which is a sign of destruction for them, but of salvation for you, and that too, from God. For to you it has been granted for Christ’s sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake,experiencing the same conflict which you saw in me, and now hear to be in me.” - Amen

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Paul gives us a great example of thinking of others before himself. He says that he personally would rather die and go be with Jesus, but since he still has work to do on earth, he will remain Christ's servant and continue to work to share the Gospel.

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