Philippians Chapter 2

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Introduction

THIS chapter is made up principally of exhortations to the performance of various Christian duties, and the exhibition of Christian virtues. The apostle first exhorts the Philippians, in the most tender manner, so to live as to give him joy, by evincing among themselves unity and concord. He entreats them to do nothing by strife and a desire of distinction, but to evince that humility which is manifested when we regard others as more worthy than we are, Phil 2:1ff. This exhortation he enforces in a most impressive manner by a reference to the example of Christian example of condescension and humiliation fitted to repress in us all the aspirings of ambition and to make us ready to submit to the most humble offices to benefit others, Phil 2:5ff. He then exhorts them to work out their salvation with diligence, assuring them, for their encouragement, that God worketh in them to will and to do of his good pleasure, Phil 2:12, Phil 2:13. To this he adds an exhortation, that they would avoid everything like murmuring and disputing that they would be blameless and harmless in their walk, showing the excellency of the religion which they loved to all around them, and exerting such an influence on others that Paul might feel that he had not laboured in vain, Phil 2:14ff. To excite them to this, he assures them that he was ready himself to be sacrificed for their welfare, and should rejoice if, by his laying down his life, their happiness would be promoted. He asked the same thing in return from them, Phil 2:17, Phil 2:18. He then tells them, in expressing his interest in them, that he hoped soon to be able to send Timothy to them again a man who felt a deep interest in their welfare, and whose going to them would be one of the highest proofs of the apostle's love, Phil 2:19ff. The same love for them, he says, he had now shown to them by sending to them Epaphroditus -- a man to whom he was tenderly attached, and who had an earnest desire again to return to the church from which he had been sent. Paul sent him, therefore, again to Philippi, that he might be with them and comfort them, and he asked for him a kind reception and affectionate treatment, in view of the sufferings which he had experienced in the cause of the Redeemer, Phil 2:25ff.

This entry includes text from Barnes New Testament Notes.


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1: If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, edit

2: Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. edit

3: Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. edit

4: Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. edit

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

6: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: edit

7: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: edit

8: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. edit

9: Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: edit

10: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; edit

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

12: Wherefore, my beloved, as ye 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. edit

13: For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. edit

14: Do all things without murmurings and disputings: edit

15: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; edit

16: Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain. edit

17: Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all. edit

18: For the same cause also do ye joy, and rejoice with me. edit

19: But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timotheus shortly unto you, that I also may be of good comfort, when I know your state. edit

20: For I have no man likeminded, who will naturally care for your state. edit

21: For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ's. edit

22: But ye know the proof of him, that, as a son with the father, he hath served with me in the gospel. edit

23: Him therefore I hope to send presently, so soon as I shall see how it will go with me. edit

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

25: Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, and companion in labour, and fellowsoldier, but your messenger, and he that ministered to my wants. edit

26: For he longed after you all, and was full of heaviness, because that ye had heard that he had been sick. edit

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

28: I sent him therefore the more carefully, that, when ye see him again, ye may rejoice, and that I may be the less sorrowful. edit

29: Receive him therefore in the Lord with all gladness; and hold such in reputation: edit

30: Because for the work of Christ he was nigh unto death, not regarding his life, to supply your lack of service toward me. edit

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