The term "fellow soldier" recalls Paul's appeal to the Philippians
s suggestion that in Philippians
3:20-2:1 the reader would see a parallel between Christ's transformation of the bodies of the faithful and the emperor's trying to elevate the people's attitude.
The passage from Philippians
offers up another image related to our journey of faith: intersections or forks in the road.
He is an Israelite who can't imagine going home and a Philippian
who clings to his titles.
Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32; Psalm 25:1-9; Philippians
2:1-13; Matthew 21:23-32
In Phil 2:19 he describes Timothy as unique in his concern for the Philippians
2:14 (Good News Translation) COULD you get through today without grumbling or complaining?
4:4-7 (New International Version) WORRY is wasted energy.
4:4 (New Living Translation) SOME people are always moaning.
It may be helpful to read Philippians
1:1-2:18 as one unit, a meditation on the meaning of Paul's imprisonment.
4:8 (New International Version) Our actions follow our thoughts.
Continuing this theme of living up to God's grace we move into Philippians