In his comment on Philippians 1.12-14 Gordon Fee writes:
“Those who are fully alive because of the gospel, who in Paul’s language have nothing yet possess everything (2 Cor 6:10), exist as a constant threat to those whose minds are on merely earthly things. Leave Paul alone and he and his companions will be those who have turned the world upside down (Acts 17:6); put him in prison and he turns Caesar’s elite upside down (Phil 1:13), not to mention Caesar’s very household (4:22)….Here is a person not just making the best of his circumstances but actually turning them around for the glory of God. No wonder joy abounds.”
Gordon D. Fee, Philippians, The IVP New Testament Commentary Series, 58.
In today’s church there is a lot of arguing over the meaning of the gospel. Sometimes it must transcend words toward practices that display what we mean by the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. In the life of Paul it seems like it would leave us nearly speechless except, “Oh, look! There it is!”