Questions On The Bible 1 Essay examples
Susan Joy Durovey-Antrim
November 7, 2016 Philippians 3:7-11 7 Yet whatever gains I had, these I have come to regard as loss because of Christ. 8 More than that, I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suf-fered the loss of all things, and I regard them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but one that comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God based on faith. 10 I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by becoming like him in his death, 11 if somehow I may attain the resurrection from the dead. (NRSV)
The city of Philippi in eastern Macedonia was named for King Philip II of Macedonia who founded it in 356 B.C.E. because of his desire to have access to “nearby gold and silver mines on Mount Pangaeus (HCBD, 844),” but it did not actually begin to rise to prominence until about 200 years later when it was conquered by Rome and became a way station along a trade route which connected to “Adriatic ports that led to Italy (HCBD, 844).” About another 100 years later, Marc Antony reestablished the city and colonized it (HCBD, 844).
Paul became acquainted with people in Philippi as the result of being directed to go to Macedonia by means of a vision which is described in Acts 16. This…