Having acknowledged his friends' suffering by offering a christological reason for it, Paul now returns to the urgent matter at hand: the appeal in verse 27 that in the face of the opposition that is causing suffering, they stand firm in the one Spirit, contending for the gospel as a united body... View the entire commentary
The Example of Christ
You probably know people who, like the present author, when all else fails finally read the manual! That's what Paul is now up to, showing the Philippians "the manual... View the entire commentary
Application and Final Appeal
From heaven back to earth; from the worship of the Son and glory of the Father back to Philippi with its suffering and threats of disunity... View the entire commentary
What's Next Regarding Paul's and Their Affairs
After the heights of the preceding section, it is easy to skim past these "everyday" matters to get on to the next "good stuff" (usually 3:3-21)... View the entire commentary
From his plans to hear about their affairs (now in response to this letter) and to come himself as soon as possible, Paul turns to the more immediate matter at hand--the return of Epaphroditus, who is also the bearer of the letter... View the entire commentary
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