1. Exposition

What is the concern of Phil. 1:19–26?

Philippians 1:19–26 (ESV)

19 for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance,

This section is thus defined by two opposites: death and life. Paul’s writing about life and death, however, is dominated by Jesus Christ. Christ is mentioned six times in this passage. According to Pesch the apostle developed a theology of death in this part of his letter,1 but this is difficult to accept. Death as such is not discussed. The apostle’s concern is rather the fellowship with Christ as something that is experienced both in life and in death.2