1. Exposition

What is remarkable about Paul's writing in Phil. 1:12–26?

Philippians 1:12–26 (ESV)

12 I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel,

It would appear that in one way or another, Paul has learned that the Philippians are worried about his circumstances.1,2 To alleviate their concerns, he informs them of his situation. Now the remarkable thing is that the apostle does not write so much about himself; instead he informs the Philippians of the progress the gospel has made. His personal problems remain in the background. His work as an apostle and preacher of the gospel is more important to him. This then is also what is accentuated in the current section (Philippians 1:12–26). In this regard this pericope is in line with the previous one (Philippians 1:3–11), where the apostle in Philippians 1:7 already indicated his responsibility toward and confirmation of the gospel.3