Paul’s purpose?

Philippians 2.1-2 begins with a therefore, a conjunction which often signifies purpose or result of the previous sentence(s) or paragraphs. What is the purpose of what Paul discusses in 1.8-30? Paul’s joy will be complete if there is any love in Messiah, compassion, mercy, fellowship and unity of thought with the believers in Philippi. Paul rejoices that although they will suffer on behalf of following the Messiah Jesus, they do not abandon Him in envy, bitterness, strife and so forth. The Greek in these two verses contains a few rare words that pack a lot of meaning, which emphasize further Paul’s reocurring message in the letter to the Philippians: to rejoice in Messiah even in the face of adversity and persecution.

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