Unity Through Humility
1Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any #Col. 3:12affection and mercy, 2#John 3:29fulfill my joy #Rom. 12:16by being like-minded, having the same love, being of #Phil. 4:2one accord, of one mind. 3#Gal. 5:26; James 3:14Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but #Rom. 12:10; Eph. 5:21in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. 4#1 Cor. 13:5Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of #Rom. 15:1, 2others.
The Humbled and Exalted Christ
5#(Matt. 11:29); Rom. 15:3Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6who, #2 Cor. 4:4being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7#Ps. 22:6but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form #Is. 42:1of a bondservant, and #(John 1:14); Rom. 8:3; Gal. 4:4; (Heb. 2:17)coming in the likeness of men. 8And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and #Ps. 40:6–8; Matt. 26:39; John 10:18; (Rom. 5:19)became #Heb. 5:8obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. 9#(Matt. 28:18); Heb. 2:9Therefore God also #Ps. 68:18; 110:1; Is. 52:13; Acts 2:33has highly exalted Him and #Is. 9:6; Luke 1:32; Eph. 1:21given Him the name which is above every name, 10#Is. 45:23; Rom. 14:11; Rev. 5:13that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11and #John 13:13; (Rom. 10:9; 14:9)that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
12Therefore, my beloved, #Phil. 1:5, 6; 4:15as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, #John 6:27, 29; 2 Pet. 1:10work out your own salvation with #Eph. 6:5fear and trembling; 13for #Rom. 12:3; 1 Cor. 12:6; 15:10; 2 Cor. 3:5; Heb. 13:20, 21it is God who works in you both to will and to do #Eph. 1:5for His good pleasure.
14Do all things #1 Cor. 10:10; 1 Pet. 4:9without complaining and #Rom. 14:1disputing, 15that 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 #Matt. 5:15, 16lights in the world, 16holding fast the word of life, so that #2 Cor. 1:14I may rejoice in the day of Christ that #Gal. 2:2I have not run in vain or labored in #Is. 49:4; Gal. 4:11; 1 Thess. 3:5vain.
17Yes, and if #2 Cor. 12:15; 2 Tim. 4:6I am being poured out as a drink offering on the sacrifice #Num. 28:6, 7; Rom. 15:16and service of your faith, #2 Cor. 7:4I am glad and rejoice with you all. 18For the same reason you also be glad and rejoice with me.
19But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send #Rom. 16:21Timothy to you shortly, that I also may be encouraged when I know your state. 20For I have no one #1 Cor. 16:10; 2 Tim. 3:10like-minded, who will sincerely care for your state. 21For all seek their own, not the things which are of Christ Jesus. 22But you know his proven character, #1 Cor. 4:17that as a son with his father he served with me in the gospel. 23Therefore I hope to send him at once, as soon as I see how it goes with me. 24But I trust in the Lord that I myself shall also come shortly.
25Yet I considered it necessary to send to you #Phil. 4:18Epaphroditus, my brother, fellow worker, and #Philem. 2fellow soldier, #John 13:16; 2 Cor. 8:23but your messenger and #2 Cor. 11:9the one who ministered to my need; 26#Phil. 1:8since he was longing for you all, and was distressed because you had heard that he was sick. 27For 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. 28Therefore I sent him the more eagerly, that when you see him again you may rejoice, and I may be less sorrowful. 29Receive him therefore in the Lord with all gladness, and hold such men in esteem; 30because for the work of Christ he came close to death, not regarding his life, #1 Cor. 16:17; Phil. 4:10to supply what was lacking in your service toward me.