Letter to the Philippians
Three matters make up most of this letter:
(1) genuine gratitude for the Philippians’ partnership with him in the gospel over many years, evidenced most recently by a material gift brought by Epaphroditus;
(2) news about his present imprisonment and what he expects to come of it; and
(3) an appeal for steadfastness and unity in light of some relational breakdowns, present opposition and the danger of false teaching.
These concerns predominate in Paul’s thanksgiving and prayer.
Philippians tells us that Christians should be united. Paul speaks of his imprisonment and his love for the Philippians. He exhorts them to godliness and warns them of legalism. In this letter, which is a message of joy, Paul expresses his gratitude for the Philippians’ love and material assistance.