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Background on the Episitle of St. Paul to the Philippians

Updated on November 26, 2010

The Church at Philippi

The Epistle of St. Paul to the Philippians, also known as Philippians, is the eleventh book the New Testament. Biblical scholars agree that it was written by the St. Paul about c 62. And was addressed to the church at Philippi, one of the most devoted of all the Christian communities founded by St. Paul. This Church was one of the first established by Paul and he had a special fondness for them, as they for him.

In this epistle Paul was responding to a contribution sent to him by the Philippian Christians. Of all the churches, their contributions (which Paul gratefully acknowledges) are among the only he accepts. (Acts 20:33-35; 2 Cor. 11:7-12; 2 Thess. 3:8).

St. Paul Bitten by a Snake
St. Paul Bitten by a Snake

Generat Contents

In the Epistle Paul writes with grateful acknowledgement for the affectionate was in which they showed their remembrance of him. The Epistle speaks of their fellowship in the work of spreading the Gospel, a work which Paul said he continued to labor in despite his circumstances. In fact he said his circumstances had given him occasion to witness among the Imperial Guard, and in the household of the Caesar.

He wrote that his sense of the glory of following Christ was undiminished by his circumstances, and he was expectant of the time approaching when the Lord Jesus would be revealed from heaven as a deliverer.

The Epistle is gracious and full of humanity, in keeping with the circumstances to which it was responding.

Chapter Contents of the Epistle to the Philippians

Paul's prayer to God,
Exhortation to humility,
All loss for Christ,
General exhortations,


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