The Book Of Philippians

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Philippians Historical Background for Passage Philippians was written after the book of Ephesians later in A.D. 61 or 62. Apostle Paul gave both internal and external evidence in Philippians. Internally the letter reveals the stamp of genuineness. Paul wrote the book of Philippians while he was imprisoned. His reference to the whole palace (NIV, Phil. 1:13) right along with his possibility of death (vv. 20-26), stated that he was writing from Rome. The book of Ephesians sets forth the glorious mystery, “the church which is Christ’s body,” Christ as the head of the Church and believers as co-members of one another who are equally blessed with every spiritual blessing in Christ (NIV, Phil. 1:3; 2:11). Summary While Paul was imprisoned he left…show more content…
1:27-30; 4:4); (4) to encourage them to live in humility and unity (NIV, Phil. 2:1-11; 4:2-5); (5) to commend Timothy and Epaphroditus to the Philippian church; and (6) to warn the Philippians against the Judaizers and the libertarian antinomians who had slipped in among them (NIV, Phil. 3). Paul then launches into a diatribe against the Judaizers, since they still had activity. Perhaps Epaphroditus had brought news of the Judaizers, or else Paul was simply writing a preemptive warning. Paul first chronicled his own attitude, then the work of his opponents; now in the body of the epistle. He first deals with the Philippians’ attitude then their opponents. Paul articulates the basis that the Judaizers were resting on: the works of the flesh (NIV, Phil. 3:1-2). He then points out that he would have a greater claim to boast in the flesh than they since he had the proper Jewish credentials (NIV, Phil. 3:3-6). Still Paul does not boast; in fact, he very graphically explains that the only thing the flesh can produce is dung (NIV, Phil. 3:7-11). The basis of his righteousness, therefore, is the faithfulness of Christ and the goal is Christ’s resurrection power (NIV, Phil. 3:10-11). Then Paul explains that the flesh is still with the
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