Write a 1750 words paper on the topic The Condition of the Church or the Christians: the Purpose of the Epistle.
It also discusses the purpose of the letter and some characteristics of the letters. It will also tell what would be missing in case these two epistles were left out from the Bible. Lastly, it discusses one important lesson learned from each letter and the impact of the lesson learned in someone’s life.Epistle means a literary letter which was planned to be published and read by the general public. The Prison Epistles are the letters that can be found in the New Testament of the Holy Bible.
One of the Prison Epistles written by Paul during his imprisonment in Rome is the Prison Epistle to the Philippians.According to the New International Version Holy Bible (1984), Paul had been mobbed in Jerusalem, arrested there, and transferred to Caesarea, and finally, when he requested to the Roman imperial court that a decision or judgment to be changed and appealed as a Roman citizen, he had been removed to Rome for trial. When the Philippians heard this situation, they prepared to stand by him, raised some money for him to use in his trial, and sent Epaphroditus, a member of the church in Philippi in Macedonia, to wait on Paul, to devote one’s services to Paul, and to stay with him until his problem was solved.
So Epaphroditus went with the gift given by the church and to tell Paul about the interest and excitement of the church to know some news about his situation and the result of his trial before the Roman imperial court. Paul took this chance and this occasion to write to the Philippians with three reasons namely: (1) to thank them for their gift and thank them for their fellowship in the gospel, (2) to tell and comfort them about his situation in Rome and his trial, telling them that the effect of his imprisonment has turned out for the advancement of the gospel, and lastly (3) especially to encourage them and strengthen them in the hope and joy that was theirs in Jesus Christ.
He also wrote that he is going to send Timothy soon, that he may know of their condition and send Epaphroditus back to them because Epaphroditus longs for all of them and that he has the feeling of great worry or unhappiness because the church heard that he is ill but God has been so merciful to him.