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Christian Humility
1If then there is any encouragement in Christ, if any consolation of love, #Rm 5:8|NoBook| 15:302Th 2:161Jn 3:164:9-10 if any fellowship with the Spirit, #1Co 12:132Co 13:13Eph 4:3 if any affection and mercy, #Col 3:12 2fulfill my joy by thinking the same way, #Rm 12:16|NoBook| 15:52Co 13:11Php 4:2 having the same love, #2Th 1:31Jn 3:16 sharing the same feelings, focusing on one #Jn 11:52 goal. 3Do nothing out of rivalry #Rm 2:8 or conceit, #Gl 5:26 but in humility #Col 3:12 consider others as more important #Rm 13:1Php 3:8|NoBook| 4:71Pt 2:13 than yourselves. 4Everyone should look out not only for his own interests, #Rm 15:1 but also for the interests of others. #Lv 19:18Mk 10:45|NoBook| 12:311Co 10:24|NoBook| 13:5Php 2:21
Christ’s Humility and Exaltation
5Make your own attitude that of Christ Jesus,
6who, existing in the form of God,
did not consider equality with God #Is 9:6Jn 1:1|NoBook| 20:28Rm 9:5Col 1:15-16Ti 2:13Heb 1:2-132Pt 1:11Jn 4:14-15
as something to be used for His own advantage. # Or to be grasped, or to be held on to
7Instead He emptied Himself #Mk 9:122Co 8:9|NoBook| 13:4
by assuming the form of a slave, #Is 42:1|NoBook| 53:12Mt 20:28Mk 10:45
taking on the likeness of men. #Jn 1:14Rm 8:3Gl 4:41Tm 2:5Heb 2:17
And when He had come as a man
in His external form,
8He humbled Himself by becoming obedient
to the point of death —
even to death on a cross. #Lk 23:26Php 3:10
9For this reason God highly exalted Him #Is 52:13|NoBook| 53:12Dn 7:14Ac 2:32|NoBook| 5:30Eph 1:20-21Heb 2:9
and gave Him the name
that is above every name,
10so that at the name of Jesus
every knee will bow #Is 45:23
of those who are in heaven #2Co 5:1Eph 1:20|NoBook| 2:6|NoBook| 3:10|NoBook| 6:12Heb 3:1|NoBook| 12:22 and on earth
and under the earth #Mt 28:18Eph 1:10Rv 5:13
11and every tongue #Is 45:23Rm 10:9|NoBook| 14:111Co 12:3 should confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord, # Gk kurios = Yahweh; Is 42:8 LXX
to the glory #Lk 9:32Jn 17:242Co 3:182Pt 3:18 of God the Father.
Lights in the World
12So then, my dear friends, #Phm 1 just as you have always obeyed, #Mk 1:27Ac 16:14Rm 6:12 not only in my presence, but now even more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. 13For it is God who is working in you, enabling you both to desire and to work out His good purpose. 14Do everything without grumbling #Jn 7:12Ac 6:11Pt 4:9 and arguing, #1Tm 2:8 15so that you may be blameless #Lk 1:6 and pure, #Mt 10:16Rm 16:19 children of God who are faultless #Jd 24 in a crooked #Lk 3:5Ac 2:401Pt 2:18 and perverted #Mt 17:17 generation, #Dt 32:5 among whom you shine like stars in the world. 16Hold firmly to # Or Offer, or Hold out the message #Lk 8:21Jn 18:32Ac 17:11Heb 4:12 of life. Then I can boast #Rm 2:17Gl 6:4Php 1:26 in the day of Christ #Php 1:6 that I didn’t run or labor for nothing. 17But even if I am poured out #Php 1:7 as a drink offering #Ex 25:29Nm 28:7 on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you. 18In the same way you should also be glad and rejoice with me.
Timothy and Epaphroditus
19Now I hope in the Lord Jesus #Lk 24:3 to send Timothy #Ac 16:11Tm 1:2 to you soon so that I also may be encouraged when I hear news about you. 20For I have no one else like-minded who will genuinely care about your interests; 21all seek their own interests, #Rm 15:12Tm 3:2 not those of Jesus Christ. #1Co 10:24Php 1:15 22But you know his proven character, because he has served with me in the gospel ministry like a son with a father. 23Therefore, I hope to send him as soon as I see how things go with me. 24I am convinced in the Lord that I myself will also come quickly. #Php 1:7
25But I considered it necessary to send you Epaphroditus #Php 4:18 — my brother, coworker, and fellow soldier, as well as your messenger and minister to my need #Mt 6:826since he has been longing for all of you and was distressed because you heard that he was sick. 27Indeed, he was so sick that he nearly died. However, God had mercy on him, and not only on him but also on me, so that I would not have one grief on top of another. 28For this reason, I am very eager to send him so that you may rejoice when you see him again and I may be less anxious. 29Therefore, welcome him in the Lord with all joy and hold men like him in honor, 30because he came close to death for the work #Mk 14:62Co 9:8Gl 3:10Jms 2:14-26 of Christ, risking his life to make up what was lacking in your ministry to me.
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