PHILIPPIANS - Introduction
EPISTLE OF ST. PAUL, THE APOSTLE,
TO THE PHILIPPIANS.
Philippi, a considerable city in Macedonia, so called from Philip, father
of Alexander the Great. St. Paul had preached there. (Acts xvi.) Those people had a great veneration for him, and supplied
his wants when he was at Corinth, and again when he was a prisoner at Rome, sending to him by Epaphroditus, who is thought
to have been the bishop of Philippi. St. Paul sent this letter by him to the Philippians, (written during his imprisonment)
from Rome; but whether during his first or second imprisonment, is uncertain. (Witham) --- It is generally believed that St.
Paul wrote it about the year 62, in his first confinement. In it he testifies to the faithful his most tender gratitude and
acknowledgement for the assistance they had sent him, and a zeal the most ardent for their salvation. He felicitates them
on their courage under sufferings for the cause of Jesus Christ, on their good works also, and forcibly excites them to confidence
and joy. --- The Philippians were the first among the Macedonians converted to the faith. St. Paul, in this epistle, recommends
charity, unity, and humility; and warns them against false teachers, whom he calls dogs, and enemies of the cross
of Christ. He also returns thanks for their benefactions. It was written about twenty-nine years after our Lord's ascension.