It is so easy to miss what Paul really has in mind in these verses. If you read them lightly you will think Paul's concern is that these Christians not be overcome by the adversities set against them. They are to stand. They are to remain firm in the faith. And while Paul does want them to stand, it is clearly not the goal of his admonition to the Philippians.
He wants them to stand so they will be a "sign" to those who see them stand - "....only let your life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel,  and not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God"(1:27-28).
"If you stand firm," says Paul, "those watching will see they don't share the same solid footing you have. They will be convicted. They will start to fear judgment. And that's a good thing because they may turn to Christ by the strength they see in you - that in life and death - peace and persecution - you have something precious that can't be taken away."
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