The Epistle is inscribed to the Philippians. Philippi was the first city of part of Macedonia. Saint Paul, stirred up by God to visit it, did many things there, 1. The money sent to him through Epaphroditus funished the occasion, 2. The Epistle’s manifold Argument, and commendation, 3. It was written at Rome from bonds, the former, not the latter, 4. There are four parts: I. A testimony of Paul’s love for the Philippians, the advantage of his bonds, and an exhortation to holy conversation (Philippians 1). II. An exhortation to unity and humility, salvation to be worked out in fear and trembling, and shared joy (Philippians 2). III. A warning concerning seducers, and direction to pursue the righteousness of faith, perfection, and a conversation worthy of heavenly citizenship (Philippians 3). IV. An exhortation to concord, the consolation and commendation of beneficence (Philippians 4). Interpreters of the Epistle, Ancient, Reformed, Lutheran, Roman Catholic; and also a Synoptic Table, 5.
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