Study on Philippians 2
If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the spirit, in any bowels and mercies. Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus. Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant and was made in likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. 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. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. Do all things without murmurings and disputings: 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; Holding forth the word of life; that I have no run in vain, neither laboured in vain. Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all. For the same cause also do ye joy, and rejoice with me. 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. For I have no man likeminded, who will naturally care for your state. For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ's. But ye know the proof of him, that, as a son with the father, he hath served with me in the gospel. Him therefore I hope to send presently, so soon as I shall see how it will go with me. But I trust in the Lord that I also myself shall come shortly. Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother and companion in labour, and fellow soldier, but your messenger, and he that ministered to my wants. For he longer after you all, and was full of heaviness, because that ye had heard that he had been sick. 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. I sent him therefore the more carefully, that, when ye see him again, ye may rejoice, and that I may be the less sorrowful. Receive him therefore in the Lord with all gladness; and hold such in reputation: because for the work of Christ he was nigh unto death, not regarding his life, to supply your lack of service toward me.
These verse's I find to be the most needed in today's time, now with this study I'm only going over 1-11, If i was to write up my study on the whole chapter I wouldn't have time to finish other things today.
First Point: God's love and work in the Christian: verse 1
Second Point: The Fulfilling of that love: verse's 2-5
Third Point: Example of Christ doing the same and showing how we are to be: verse's 5-11
Ok so look to verse 1 again: If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the spirit, in any bowels and mercies.
In this verse is written the terms, If you are a christian you should have these things, the Consolation in Christ, the comfort of Love, the fellowship of the spirit, the bowels and mercies. For those who don't know of the meaning where it says bowels: it means figuratively pity or sympathy, inward affection, tender mercy.
For those reading this if you don't have these things in your life you better check up. The Bible states that those who Love him will obey his commandments, and those who obey his commandments are in fellowship with him, and as verse 13 states: For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. He will teach you during your times of fellowship. and the Bible also states that we are to pray without ceasing, rejoice evermore. so those right with God will have that fellowship all day long! all life long! Colossians 3:16 says Let the word of Christ dwell in your richly in all wisdom: teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. Each of these things listed in verse 1 of Philippians 2 are graces from God, Colossians 1:23 and 27 says: verse 23: If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister. verse 27: To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: And to confirm to everyones mind read verse 16-17 as well: For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were create by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. A word to those Christian's hold fast the faith, keep your first love, don't deny his name.
Now on to the second point Verse's 2-5: Fulfill ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.
How many of us Christian's today are likeminded? how many of us have the same love? how many are according to one mind? How many of us Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory? How many of us in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better then themselves? How many of us Look not on our own things? and on the things of others? LET this mind be in you which is also in Christ Jesus. I think just about everyone of us (including me) has somewhere failed in this list. Be honest with yourselves, search your hearts, pray to God to search your heart. Remember Philippians 4:13: I can do all things through Christ Jesus which strengtheneth me. Your not alone in Life. Don't think these things are impossible, for in Christ all things are possible. So stand in faith believing his Word, Go forward and obey these things written.
And while you go about doing these things, Don't look at failures as huge loss's because satan will use it to pull you down, Remember its God that gently leads, its satan drives us to do things, and he will drive you right into depression. Look to the cross, Look to the blood that was split for unworthy sinners as your self. Remember God never lies. all His promises have come true. Read verse 5 again, Let this mind be in you, which was *also* in Christ Jesus. so read the gospels, read of his faithfulness, the Holy Son of God, who humbled himself to the cross.
Which brings us to the last point, Verse's 5-11: Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus. Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant and was made in likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
First I'd like to look at what kind of God we are talking about. The one and only God, in which there is none other, He who has no ears hears all, who with no eyes sees all, with no body knows and guides each one of us with his arm, and his in hands he holds us and keeps us. He who made the world and preordained everything to happen in this world from beginning to end, for every single life, every single thought and word and deed. He who has the wisdom to know what each one of us needs and to hold each of his sheep away from those of the world and those false teachers, gainsayers and scoffers. He who sent his only begotten Son to come and die for a world that isn't even worthy to call his name. Who kept his Word written and safe for 6000+ years and still has a place and a work to do through it, who knew all along what words that needed to be kept, who saw each of our needs before all the world was created, before time even was. That thrice Holy God is who we serve, and are to live for with all our heart soul and mind and very being, to do all things whole heartily as unto Him, that none of his grace would be taken for granted, that His name would be proclaimed through each of our lives. as the King and ruler of all the earth and heavens. He it is who sent His Son, that Son who obeyed and humbled himself even to the cross, for such wretched sinners as our selves. So that God's name would be exalted, and because of that God's son was exalted and his Name put above all other. And that through him that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
To think that Christ would become a man! to have the likeness to sinful being as us, to lower himself from the throne of Glory to this sin filled world. To die for US. WOW....
What more can I say.... I think I'll let Jesus do the rest of the teaching from these verse's. I pray that each of your lives would be turned from sin unto Him. That you purpose to serve him in all aspects of your life, to be as holy as holy can be.
Behold what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God. These things write I that ye sin not, and if any man sin. we have a advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.