Written in 64 A.D. by Paul from a Roman prison to the saint, bishops, and deacons in Philippi.
Philippians – Our Citizenship
Nevertheless, into that which we have arrived, to step by this rule. To frame the mind the same all of you become co-imitators of me, brethren. And all of you scope out the ones thusly walking just as all of you have our example. For many walk, of whom often I have spoken to you, but now also weeping I say, the enemies of the cross of Christ, whose end is destruction, whose god is the belly and the glory in their shame, the ones framing their minds on earthly things. For our citizenship exists in heavens, out from which also a Savior we eagerly await, Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform the body of our humiliation resulting in it to become together conformed with the body of His glory according to the working of His natural ability even to subject all things to Himself.
Philippians – Pursuing the Mark
If, assuming it is true, in what manner I should attain unto the out resurrection, the one out from the dead. Not that I already have received it, nor already am in a state of having been made mature, but I pursue it, since also I should apprehend on the basis of that which also has apprehended me in the Christ Jesus. Brethren, I do not reckon to myself that I have apprehended it, but one thing, the things behind, on the one hand, I forget, on the other hand, those things in front I stretch towards and I pursue according to a mark on the basis of the prize of the above calling from God in Christ Jesus. Therefore as many as are mature, we should frame the mind in this way, and if anyone of you frames the mind differently, also this the God will reveal to you. Nevertheless, into that which we have arrived, to step by this rule. To frame the mind the same all of you become co-imitators of me, brethren. And all of you scope out the ones thusly walking just as all of you have our example. For many walk, of whom often I have spoken to you, but now also weeping I say, the enemies of the cross of Christ, whose end is destruction, whose god is the belly and the glory in their shame, the ones framing their minds on earthly things.
Philippians – The Things We Consider to be Valuable
The remaining, my brethren, you rejoice in the Lord. To write to you the same things, on the one hand, is not idleness for me, on the other hand, is certainty to you. All of you look out for dogs. All of you look out for bad workers. All of you look out for self-mutilators. For we are the circumcision, the ones rendering religious service by the Spirit of God and boasting in Christ Jesus and not in a state of being confident in the flesh; although, I on my part am in a state of having confidence even in the flesh, if, assuming it is true, anyone else thinks to be confident in the flesh, I more. Circumcised on the eighth day, out from the race of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew out from Hebrews, according to the law a Pharisee, according to zeal, a persecutor of the Church, according to righteousness, the one by the law, being blameless. But what things were to me gain, these things I consider, because of the Christ, to be loss. But therefore also I consider all things to be loss because of the surpassing knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord through whom all things I have suffered loss, and I consider to be refuse, in order that I should gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, the one out from the law, but the one through faith pertaining to Christ, the righteousness out from God upon the basis of the faith; to know Him and the natural ability of His resurrection and a quality of sharing in common with His suffering, being together conformed to His death.
Philippians – Caring for the Saints
holding fast a word of life, unto my boasting unto a day of Christ, that I have not run unto emptiness, nor toiled unto emptiness. But if, assuming it is true, also I am poured out upon the sacrifice even religious service of your faith, I rejoice and I rejoice with all of you. Because of the same also you rejoice and you rejoice with me.
Moreover, I hope by the Lord Jesus to quickly send Timothy to you, in order that I also may be good souled knowing the things concerning you. For I have no one of the same soul who will genuinely care concerning the things concerning you. For they all seek the things pertaining to themselves, not the things concerning Christ Jesus. Indeed you experientially know the proof concerning him that as a son to a father, with me he has served unto the Gospel. Therefore this one I hope to send, as I fix my eyes upon the things immediately concerning me. Moreover, I am persuaded by the Lord, that also I myself will shortly come. And I considered it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus my brother and coworker and my fellow soldier, and your apostle, and minister of my needs, since he was longing for all of you and distressed because you heard he was sick. For also he was sick, near to death, but God had mercy on him and not him only, but also me, in order that I should not have sorrow upon sorrow. Therefore I diligently sent him in order that seeing him you should again rejoice and I should be less anxious. Therefore receive him in the Lord generally associated with joy and hold with honor such men, because through the work of the Christ he came near as far as death, exposing to danger the soul, in order that he should provide the thing lacking of you, the religious service towards me.
Philippians – Luminaries in the Midst of a Crooked and Perverted Generation
So then, my beloved, just as always you have obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, with fear and trembling, you, for yourself, work out your salvation. For God is the One working in you also to desire and to work out the good pleasure. All of you do all things apart from grumbling and disputing, in order that you, yourself, should become blameless and pure, children of God without blame in the midst of a crooked and perverted generation, among whom you shine as a luminary in [the] world, holding fast to a word of life, unto my boasting unto a day of Christ, that I have not run unto emptiness, nor toiled unto emptiness.
Philippians – Framing the Mind
For let this frame of mind be in you that also was in Christ Jesus, Who while existing in the form of God, did not regard for Himself equality with God to be robbery, but emptied Himself, after receiving the form of a servant, He came to be in a likeness of man. And after being found in the outward shape as a man, He humbled Himself, becoming obedient up to the point of death, even a cross death. Wherefore also God has exalted Him, and has given Him a name above every name, in order that by the name belonging to Jesus every knee will bow, heavenly and earthly and subterranean, and every tongue should say the same thing, that Jesus Christ is Lord resulting in a proper opinion of God [the] Father.