The Book of Philippians

Summary of the Book of Philippians

The book of Philippians is a Prison Epistle (letter written while in prison).   Paul wrote it about 62 A.D. as he anticipated his release from prison.

They key personalities are the Apostle Paul, Timothy, Epaphroditus, Euodia, and Syntyche.

It was written to show his appreciation and love to the Philippians in a thank you letter for their continued help and support, and also to encourage their growth.

Chapter 1 – Paul writes about his sufferings and that through his imprisonment the Kingdom was increased.

“But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel” (1:12).

Christians are to surrender their lives in service to Christ Jesus. And what should Christians expect in this life for doing this? Suffering.

Paul explains that there are two things granted by God for a believer. The first is to believe in Him and the other is to suffer.

For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake;

Having the same conflict which ye saw in me, and now hear to be in me (1:29-30).

Chapter 2 – Paul explains the benefits of believers in unity with the “mind of Christ”.

He teaches a theological lesson about the humanity of Jesus Christ as He laid down His glory and became a perfect human man in order to rescue and restore mankind back to a relationship with God.

Chapter 3 – Paul expounds on the joys of a Christian and encourages the church to press forward with the Gospel. He displays his testimony when he said,

“Yeah doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Jesus Christ my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Chris”t (3:8).

This does not mean that we are to hope to have to suffer or to try and make our life miserable.  What Paul is saying is that we need to trust in Jesus and if our life does go downhill still trust in the Lord.

Chapter 4 – Paul again mentions joy in Christ as he encourages believers to rejoice in the Lord. It is important for the believer to be well grounded in prayer and thanksgiving. To offer praise and to give God thanks for the many provisions they are blessed with:

“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus “(4:19).