Philippians

Philippians (Fi-lip´ee-uhnz)

The Letter of Paul to the, one of the thirteen letters in the NT attributed to the apostle Paul. The short Letter to the Philippians is imbued with a distinctive tone of joy and rejoicing, despite the fact that it was written by Paul from prison, during a time when his future on earth was tenuous. The letter also contains an early Christian hymn celebrating the divine humility manifest in Christ’s becoming human (Phil 2:6-11), a humility that Christians are to model in their own lives.

Outline of Contents

Philippians

I. Epistolary salutation (Phil 1:1-2)

II. Introduction, or exordium: Paul gives thanks for the faith of the Philippians (Phil 1:3-11)

III. Paul’s narrative of the situation: Paul describes his imprisonment and seeks to reassure (Phil 1:12-26)

IV. Paul’s main point, or proposition: live faithfully to the gospel in communal unity and confidence (Phil 1:27-30)

V. Supporting argumentation or proofs to strengthen the Philippian acceptance of the proposition (Phil 2:1-4:3)

A. The example of Christ and its impact (Phil 2:1-18)

B. The example of Timothy and Epaphroditus (Phil 2:19-20)

C. The example of Paul (Phil 3:1-4:1)

D. The counterexample of Euodia and Syntyche; the need for unity and reconciliation (Phil 4:2-3)

VI. The summing up, or peroration (Phil 4:4-20)

A. The general summary (Phil 4:4-9)

B. Paul as an exemplar: an illustration of the general statement in Phil 4:9, Phil 4:10-20)

VII. Epistolary closing (Phil 4:21-23)

Phil 2:6-11

6who, though he was in the form of God,
did not regard equality with God
as something to be exploited,7but emptied himself,
taking the form of a slave,
being bo ... View more

Phil 1:1-2

Salutation
1Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus,
To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, with the bishops and deacons:2Grace to you and pe ... View more

Phil 1:3-11

Paul's Prayer for the Philippians
3I thank my God every time I remember you,4constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you,5because of y ... View more

Phil 1:12-26

Paul's Present Circumstances
12I want you to know, beloved, that what has happened to me has actually helped to spread the gospel,13so that it has become known ... View more

Phil 1:27-30

27Only, live your life in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that, whether I come and see you or am absent and hear about you, I will know that you are ... View more

Phil 2:1-4:3

Imitating Christ's Humility
1If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy,2ma ... View more

Phil 2:1-18

Imitating Christ's Humility
1If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy,2ma ... View more

Phil 2:19-20

Timothy and Epaphroditus
19I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, so that I may be cheered by news of you.20I have no one like him who will be ge ... View more

Phil 3:1-4:1

1Finally, my brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord.

Breaking with the Past
To write the same things to you is not troublesome to me, and for you it is a sa ... View more

Phil 4:2-3

Exhortations
2I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord.3Yes, and I ask you also, my loyal companion, help these women, for they have ... View more

Phil 4:4-20

4Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.5Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near.6Do not worry about anything, but in everythi ... View more

Phil 4:4-9

4Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.5Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near.6Do not worry about anything, but in everythi ... View more

Phil 4:9

9Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.

Phil 4:10-20

Acknowledgment of the Philippians' Gift
10I rejoice in the Lord greatly that now at last you have revived your concern for me; indeed, you were concerned for me ... View more

Phil 4:21-23

Final Greetings and Benediction
21Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The friends who are with me greet you.22All the saints greet you, especially those of the e ... View more

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