This is one of Apostle Paul’s most personal letters. One needs but to note through the frequency of the first person pronoun. The Apostle was writing to a group of friends who he deeply loved. Such a letter does not lead itself readily to systematic outline. In the letter, Paul’s concern for these Christians stands out clearly.
He writes to them not so much as the apostle who establishes the church in Philip but as their father in Christ. The difference is evident in the salutation not “Paul’s an Apostle”. his customary opening: rather ‘Paul and Timothy slave of Christ Jesus’ .. ”The dominant note of this short letter is joy.” This is the more remarkable in view of the fact that Paul was writing from the prison. The immediate circumstance surrounding a believer is not attitude towards life. The twin notes of humility and concern for others are also very evident.
In view of what Christ did, no room for pride remain to the child of God. In view of Christ’s great example, His follower dare not be self – centered. This letter has little of theology in the usual sense. A notable exception, however, is the great passage on the humiliation and exaltation of Christ 2:5-11. Similarly, the letter has little in the way of specific ethical instruction, short, sharp warnings flash out regarding those who have caused Paul so much difficulty in other places 3:2 but there is no refutation of theological error, no strong rebuke of fault within the church.
THE OUTLINE OF THE EPISTLE TO PHILIPPIANS:
SALUTATION -CHAPTER 1:1-THANKSGIVING AND PRAYER FOR THE PHILIPPIANS-CHAPTER 1:3-11
FOR APOSTLE PAUL TO LIVE IS CHRIST-CHAPTER 1:12-4:1
Therefore, the Gospel is carried wherever Paul goes-Chapter 1:12-13
Believers in Rome are Encouraged-Chapter 1:14
Paul’s attitude decision to live here below for Christ or to be with Christ -Chapter 1:27-2:30
The manner of life is to be worthy of the Gospel-Chapter 1:27-30
The attitude of Christ is to be ours- Chapter 2:1-18
The example of Timothy-Chapter2:19-24 and Epaghroditus Chapter 2:25-30
Surpassing worth of knowing Christ-Chapter 3:1-11
The Necessity of Growth-Chapter 3: 12-16.
The contrast between the enemies of the cross and the friends of the cross-Chapter 3:17-4:1
SOME FINAL EXHORTATIONS-CHAPTER 4:2-23
The plea for unity and peace-Chapter 4:2-9
The concluding Testimony and Repeated Thanks-Chapter 4:10-20
The greetings and benediction -Chapter 4:21-23