These letters allude to an imprisonment of Paul, not necessarily the same imprisonment in all four. The letter is very important because it was not written in respond to crisis like other letters but to encouraged believers in Philippi then and us today on how we were expected by Christ to live our lives. Paul likely wrote this letter, near the end of his Roman imprisonment in AD 61 or 62. Paul sent the other three Prison Epistles Ephesians, Colossians, and Philemon by the hand of Tychicus, as their destinations were near one another. However, the letter to the Philippians was to be delivered by Epaphroditus, who had come to Paul in Rome with financial help from the church at Philippi (Philippians 2:25; 4:18).
In Philippians 4:2-9, Paul teaches us how to overcome anxiety. Opposition from unbelievers, conflict in the church, and concerns for the welfare of Paul and their representative Epaphroditus created anxieties among the Philippian believers. Last Sunday we looked at Paul’s advice in verses 2-3 about what we need to do when we deal with the conflict in the church and in verses 4-9, he teaches us what we need to do when we face hostile people and the upsetting problems of life. The main command in our text is in verse 6: Paul reflects
Despite being held in a prison and practically sentenced to death, Paul the Apostle did not feel anger towards God for not saving him. Paul continued to write and use positive words including “joy” and “rejoice” (159) because he felt gratitude for all his experiences and his life to that point, even though not all of his experiences were pleasant. God gave Paul the opportunity to experience both wealth and poverty. Paul not only gives thanks for his wealth, but also for the times of poverty. Furthermore, Paul describes wealth and poverty as the “secret of being well-fed and of going hungry” (159).
The Disciple Paul-the transformed fanatic, enthused writer, astonishing educator, and persistent guide towards Christianity is the most astonishing figure in the Biblical history right after the Jesus Christ. This massive character treaded confidently onto the phase of the first-century world, particularly the Asian world and left a permanent mark of immense magnitude that can never be forgotten. Having an outstanding life and impressive ministry when bestowed with Discipleship by Holy Christ on the road to Damascus; in his own explanation he was "the chief of all sinners." Not a single individual in the biblical historical accounts, beside Christ Himself, had a more powerful impact on the world that was even previously unknown to Paul himself-the
There are four major views on these verses. The first view is that Paul’s statements reflect his life prior to conversion. The second view is that the text addresses the experience of any man, whether saved or unsaved, who seeks to obey the law. The third view says that Paul speaks of his early converted state as he struggled to live under the law before learning to live by the power of the indwelling Spirit. The fourth view is that Paul is speaking of himself in a regenerate state as one progressing in sanctification, while in the process becoming more and more aware of the depth and gravity of indwelling sin.
There was therefore no risk for misunderstanding on this matter. On the other hand, there may have been rhetorical reasons for Paul to tread carefully in his exhortation. Especially if he had the welfare of the poor before his eyes as an issue of outmost importance, he would not want the rich to feel insulted and abandon the poor altogether, which may have been the outcome if Paul unintendedly offended some of them. In the societies around the Mediterranean basin with slavery as a present institution, to tell someone what to do was generally perceived as extremely insensitive and often offensive in regard to high-ranking persons. This may have been Paul’s reason to resume the resources of religious narrative—in this case, the institution of the Lord’s Supper.—to create in his addressees the emontional response that would secure the situation of the have-nots.
He would carry this around everywhere, as a memorial of this very fateful day. As an important side note, it is significant to mention the distinction that Pascal makes with regards to the two Gods. Before this intense vision, one could find him believing in the God of mathematical infiniteness and wisdom, much as the scholars would. Nevertheless, he finds that he had been visited by the same God as Abraham, Isaac and Jacob had. As such, this was not the result of reflection and reason, but of a vivid experience.
The Imitation of Christ by Thomas à Kempis was one of the enduring products of the fourteenth-century contemptus mundi spirit was the growth of new voluntary religious societies among laypeople and clerics. This piece of writing still attracts Protestant and Catholic admirers alike. Kempis' main points of concern it to make an active involvement on our side, to repair and develop our spiritual life and meditate on God as the source of everything. It is not just to be understood, but also to be lived in our daily life. In other words, it involves the development of virtues and the abandoning of vices.
If I had the authority to change my community in a positive way, I would attempt to label kindness and good deeds as what is expected, rather than attention-seeking ploys. I find it especially irksome to see how my community as a whole only does anything for attention. This is wrong. I believe that people should do everything out of love and kindness, and be selfless. One of my favorite bible verses is 1 Corinthians 16:14, “Let all that you do be done in love.” This quote really embodies my message, and the manner in which, I believe, my community should carry themselves.
The relationship between Judaism and Christianity is unique because Jews and Christians are having mutual affinity which is not seen in other religions. The roots of Christianity in Israel can be traced back to the days of Jesus of Nazareth, who spent his whole life in what is now known as Israel. The historical baggage of conflicts like destruction of Jewish temple by the Romans, perception of killing Jesus by Jews or the persecution of Jews in Europe strained relationships between Jews and Christians. Paradoxically, though Christianity originated in Palestine/Israel, out of the three Abrahamic religions, followers of Christianity are the smallest. Despite, the rise of Islam in 7th century AD, Christians lived side by side with Muslims in much of West Asia and North Africa.