Philippians is an epistle of joy and encouragement in the midst of adverse circumstances. Norman’s focus in his commentary on Philippians is Paul’s intercessory life. Norman breaks down Paul’s letter into the three stages of maturity we go through as Christians. Paul moves from the fallacy of pride in human achievement, to suffering the loss of all things that were formerly important as he sees himself as who he truly was—in union with Christ at his spirit center. Finally, he counts all things as dung, privileged to pay the intercessor’s cost to further the “high calling” of taking the truth to a dying world. He is poured out for others, as was His savior. Norman refers to Jesus’ life as having a hidden basis of renunciation. We don’t easily see the glory, but we can see from this epistle that the same was true of Paul’s life.
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