The Christians in Philippi are urged to live together in unity as God’s people in order to commend the message the gospel to those around them. This is best achieved through humility.
The consistent message of the Bible is that God’s response to sin is mercy and grace. This is seen most clearly in the death and resurrection of his Son, Jesus Christ. This must shape our own response to sin.
Jesus addresses seven churches and from these messages we learn what it means to be a part of the community of God’s people – the church.
As Paul expresses his anguish over the Jewish people’s rejection of Jesus we are reminded that our salvation comes through faith alone, and that we are called to that by God himself.
Drawing together his argument from the first two and half chapters, Paul emphasises that salvation is by grace alone, through faith in Jesus Christ.