Pauls Prison Epistles – Phillipians


Pauls Prison Epistles – Phillipians


“Whoever is captured will have himself to blame for his subsequent death.”

Looking at the prison epistles:

  • Being in prison would give you an interesting perspective
  • Why is Paul in jail (AD 60-62)?

Paul went to visit Jerusalem

  • He and his companions went through the purification process and went into the temple
  • Men from asia saw Paul and assumed his companion was a gentile
  • They were trying to kill Paul

“Fellow Israelites, help us! This is the man who teaches everyone everywhere against our people and our law and this place. And besides, he has brought us Greeks into the temple and defiled this holy place”. Acts 21: 28

“The commander came up and arrested him and ordered him to be bound with two chains. Then he asked who he was and what he had done. 34 Some in the crowd shouted one thing and some another, and since the commander could not get at the truth because of the uproar, he ordered that Paul be taken into the barracks. 35 When Paul reached the steps, the violence of the mob was so great he had to be carried by the soldiers. 36 The crowd that followed kept shouting, “Get rid of him!” Acts 21:33-36

1 Thessalonians 2:1-2

                “You know, brothers and sisters, that our visit to you was not without results. We had previously suffered and been treated outrageously in Philippi, as you know, but with the help of our God we dared to tell you his gospel in the face of strong opposition”

Turned Philippi into a Roman colony of highest privileges:

  • Self govern
  • Freedom from paying tribute taxes to the emperor
  • Italian rights
  • A place to give land to retired veterans

Philippi is just as Roman as Rome:

  • Roman military outpost
  • Providing retirement for Roman soldiers
  • A safe place for Roman citizens who cannot afford living in Italy
  • Population between 10 to 15 thousand

Paul’s letter to Philippi

  • More personal
  • Partly dealing with a specific problem

Philippians 4:1

                Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, dear friends

Philippians 1:3-4

                        3 I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now

Philippians 1:8

                        It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart and, whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me. God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.

Chapter 1

Paul accounts for his present circumstances

Philippians 4:2

                        2 I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. Yes, and I ask you, my true companion, help these women since they have contended at my side in the cause of the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life.

Chapter 2 Be humble

Philippians 2:3-4

                        3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others

Philippians 2:5-8

                        5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

                        6 Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!

Paul is trying to encourage humility and unity

Philippians 2:14

                Do everything without grumbling or arguing,

Chapter 3 Have the mind of Christ

Philippians 3:7-10

                        7 But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith.

Chapter 4

Have the Peace of Christ

  • Peace with each other
  • Peace with the Lord
  • Peace in all circumstances


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