Philippians 2

Philippians 2:1-30

1  Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy,

2  fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.

3  Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.

4  Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.

5  Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,

6  who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God,

7  but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.

8  And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.

9  Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name,

10  that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth,

11  and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

12  Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling;

13  for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.

14  Do all things without complaining and disputing,

15  that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,

16  holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.

17  Yes, and if I am being poured out as a drink offering on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all.

18  For the same reason you also be glad and rejoice with me.

19  But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you shortly, that I also may be encouraged when I know your state.

20  For I have no one like-minded, who will sincerely care for your state.

21  For all seek their own, not the things which are of Christ Jesus.

22  But you know his proven character, that as a son with his father he served with me in the gospel.

23  Therefore I hope to send him at once, as soon as I see how it goes with me.

24  But I trust in the Lord that I myself shall also come shortly.

25  Yet I considered it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, fellow worker, and fellow soldier, but your messenger and the one who ministered to my need;

26  since he was longing for you all, and was distressed because you had heard that he was sick.

27  For indeed he was sick almost unto death; but God had mercy on him, and not only on him but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow.

28  Therefore I sent him the more eagerly, that when you see him again you may rejoice, and I may be less sorrowful.

29  Receive him therefore in the Lord with all gladness, and hold such men in esteem;

30  because for the work of Christ he came close to death, not regarding his life, to supply what was lacking in your service toward me.

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8 months ago

What an amazing reward lies on the other side of humbling ourselves in the submission to and service of others – the bowing of knees to the Lordship of Christ! And Paul indicates that the same mindset that enabled this great love expression in Christ is one that we can receive for ourselves. Adjusting our desires from selfish gratification to sacrifice for others and then empowering us to effectively do just that is the very work that is taking place in us as we yield to the Spirit’s movements inside. This is so much more than just a nice option for us, though, as it becomes the working out of our own salvation from a dormant provision within to a shining display of love on the outside – people being touched and joined together in selfless expressions of love. The evidence of a salvation that is more than just a vain claim will then be in the absence of complaints and disputes that are direct symptoms of remaining strongholds of self. Apart from complete removal of the “what-about-me” phrases, there is yet a part of salvation’s provision that is unapplied. So much greater than any triumph in a conflict will be the triumph of love that lays down self for the union of the whole. Rather than remaining fixated on a needed personal blessing, there is a much higher prize in the winning of lives Jesus laid down His own life to become one with. This mind is ours for the taking in the presence of the Lord, yielding to His working.

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