Paul's Prison Letters
Paul's Prison Letters
In a letter of Paul to the Philippians, the messenger of the Lord Paul who was also a prisoner at that very time was addressing a situation in the Philippians that called for the community effort. Paul was trying to insist that the Philippians Christians were supposed to humble themselves and become a community that was responsible for one another. There was a problem with the social classes of people at that time where people belonged to different social groupings, and that is why Paul decided to bring about the need for togetherness irrespective of the social groupings. At that time that Paul was writing a letter to the Philippians, he was a prisoner together with Silas, who was a core laborer (Allen, 2007). In as much as Paul was not an alien to the Roman Empire, he accepted to be imprisoned and to be flogged something that was not acceptable by the Romans to the Roman citizens but he decided to hide his identity as a native. At that time the people at Philippians would not accept to do such, they would easily reveal their identity to avoid the problems (Hellerman, 2010).
At that time, Paul was trying to introduce the Judaism religion that was Christianity to the Gentiles. He never intended to be understood differently by the Philippians, and that was the reason that made him hide his identity. The purpose of Paul’s letter to the Philippians was to bring about unity within the Philippians and to inspire them live as a community in Christ Jesus (Hellerman, 2010). They were to put aside their social differences and fleshly desires as they once belonged to different social groups. In verse 6 he says let the mind that was in Christ Jesus as well. He calls for the people of Philippines to rule their lives centered on the actions of Christ. That would allow them to stand firm against the elemental forces of their environment. As a result, Paul did not look at his position to be anything of great stature, and this formed the basis of Paul’s writing to his fellow servants in Christ. Paul’s primary message in the letter is the call to be together and take one another as members of the same community that called by sacrificing one’s self as a slave and serving others as evident in verses 7 where Christ had emptied himself of His high position in heaven, and has descended to earth as a slave to the word of God.
The main reason for Paul writing of this letter was to encourage the Christians to embrace one another and take care of each other’s needs to evoking a sense of duty and belonging one to the other. In thus passage so far, Paul demonstrates what it means to deny one-self and become a servant of the gospel. Paul himself did not consider his citizenship to be anything of profit to him. That is why he accepted to be treated in a manner that he was not to as well as taking a path to prison where he faced serious mistreatment for the sake of the mission, and the Philippians Christians along with all God’s people (Allen, 2007). In a similar manner, Christ did not consider his wonderful position in heaven but came to earth to serve humanity. He presented himself as a servant of God and friend to all regardless of their bloodline. According to Paul, that was what demonstrated ultimate representation of setting aside of one’s personal interest to becoming a servant to the will of God. The passage fits in Paul’s later argument which calls for sincere humility. When Christ humbled himself, God then sought to uplift him and present him as the only entrance into the wondrous kingdom of heaven. In this same case, Paul urged the Philippians to humble themselves and settle their differences in order for them to live tougher as a community.
In verse 8, Christ was obedient unto death, and that is the reason that made him not to fear anything even at the point of death. He did not cling to his heavenly position even when...
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