We'll explore Paul's circumstances writing under house arrest in Rome. Turning to Paul and the Philippians' relationship, what Paul describes as their koinonia, or "partnership," we'll see a risky and rewarding kind of partnership we are invited also to enter.
Echoing the Old Testament Job, Paul reveals his secret to joyfully share the Gospel despite his imprisonment. Paul then artfully reworks the Greco-Roman ideals of friendship and citizenship, calling the Philippians' to practice true humility.
St. Paul paints a beautiful picture of how the Philippians can have the mind of Christ and live a life in humble obedience, emptying oneself for others. If we live in imitation of Christ, we will also experience the glory of Christ's exaltation by the Father.