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The Book of Philippians KJV

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Published on Apr 21, 2016

Book of Philippians

Philippians This brief letter (only 4 chapters) packs quite a bit in its verses. It is obvious that Paul is writing to a community he had come to love and had been very supportive of his ministry, but he is probably writing it from his prison cell of house arrest in Rome near the end of his life. Paul writes a wish (found in today's ordination rite for deacons) that the one who began God's work in them will bring it to completion in them, and he also expresses to them that it matters not whether he himself lives or dies, for Christ will be proclaimed through him in either case (ch. 1); Paul strives mightily for the Philippians' unity among themselves in focusing on one another's needs rather than on each of their own, and he also utters a prayer which captures the very kenosis (complete emptying) of Jesus for us on the cross (indeed, this has been set to music and was one of the scriptural passages used at my priesthood ordination back in 1978): we are to shine like stars amidst all of such self-emptying among ourselves (ch. 2); Paul speaks of the true way of Christian salvation in one's breaking with the past as it may hold one back, and he even posts the only “Beware of the Dogs” sign in the Bible as he warns against those “dogs” insisting on practices no longer required to be numbered among God's People—in fact he goes so far as to point to himself as the reformed example that they should follow, and one section of his letter is often used at funerals as it identifies our true homeland as being heaven (ch. 3); and finally he closes with a “Don't Worry, Be Happy” outlook as he thanks his readers for their donations in the past and sends greetings from Caesar's household [which is his imprisoning “host”] (ch. 4).

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