Topics: New Testament, Epistle, The Reader Pages: 2 (494 words) Published: March 24, 2013
Dzmitry Baltunou

Unit 3 Assignment

Paul's epistle to the Philippians in many ways, reminds a letter from a soldier not aware of his fate. Paul wrote Philippians from the prison where he suffered deeply, anticipating the time when he might soon be killed. And he wrote to people he loved. His words to the Christians in Philippi were very thoughtful, caring, heartbreaking yet encouraging; enthusiastic but bittersweet. From Paul's viewpoint, this letter could be his last words of advice and genuine thanks to his faithful friends.  In this letter, Paul wrote to support the Philippians, who were concerned about the sufferings he was going through. As he expected the likelihood of his soon death, Paul wrote a letter of hope and encouragement for the times of persecution and distress he and the Philippians faced. The letter contains many teachings and precepts, it is dominated by a kind of main theme, and Paul develops it to deliver the theme to "Live a life of Christ." Also the purpose of writing was the desire to express gratitude to the Philippians for their gift of love. But Paul took advantage of the opportunity and to raise a number of emerging issues in their church - a trend towards non- Christian way of life. Paul feels that Philippians need reassurance in the gospel and that it continues spreading a good new. He sees that people need encouragement to keep Christ in their life. Paul wants to promote harmony among quarreling persons, Christian joy and peace. In the first chapter of his book Paul uses very powerful language to underline incomparably great power of God. In chapter one Paul used "you" 21 times, this is what makes his letter effective, and make the audience believe that the most important person in their message is "you," the reader. You attitude in Paul's letter is the key to successful message. It makes the reader feel the benefits, help convince the readers to do whatever it is he's asking them to do....
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