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Humility and Unity in Christ
Humility and Unity Go Hand in Hand
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Published December 26th, 2019; Updated January 29th, 2020
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Philippians 2:1-4
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Main point summary
Philippians 2:1-4 Bracket
Overview
Paul's Joy in the Philippians
Philippians 1:27-30
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The Connection to 1:27-30
Final Thoughts
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Philippians 2:1-4 ESV
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Philippians 2:1-4
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Christ’s Example of Humility 2 1 So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from f love, any g participation in the Spirit, any h affection and sympathy, 2 i complete my joy by being j of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3 Do nothing from k selfish ambition or l conceit, but in m humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you n look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
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Main point summary
If there is encouragement in knowing Christ, then we should be in both the same love and mind by counting others more significant than ourselves.
Philippians 2:1-4 Bracket
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Philippians 2:1-4
So if there is any encouragement in Christ,
any comfort from f love,
any g participation in the Spirit,
any h affection and sympathy,
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i complete my joy by being j of the same mind,
having the same love,
being in full accord and of one mind.
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Do nothing from k selfish ambition
or l conceit,
but in m humility count others more significant than yourselves.
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Let each of you n look not only to his own interests,
but also to the interests of others.
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Overview
Paul starts off this passage by giving a list of options in the first verse. If any ONE of those are true (which they all are) then do EVERYTHING in verse two. So how do we have the same mind, same love, and be in full accord and one mind of one another? Paul uses the next two verses to give us the answer. Be humble. To be united together in Christ means that we need turn away from our own selfish interests, and look to helping the interests of others.
Paul's Joy in the Philippians
In the beginning of verse two Paul tells the Philippians to "complete my joy." So why is Paul's state of joy changing with the response of the Philippians? Here are a few points: 1. God's joy is sufficient The only source of joy that will sustain us comes from God ( 1 Pet. 1:8 ; Rom. 15:13 ). He alone is all that you need in this life. If Paul's missionary journey to Philippi was met with no desire from the people to convert to Christianity then Paul's joy is still there, because it is in Christ, not people. 2. You can rejoice when you see the fruit of labor in the gospel We rejoice when we see Christianity at work in the world. Paul was doing the same thing in Philippi. His joy was in seeing a church that he started be continually faithful to following Christ. 3. A complete joy can only be achieved in Heaven or when Christ returns A joy that is truly complete can only be accomplished when you are in Heaven. When you can be in a place that has 'perfect' joy, anything less than that is not complete. So the closest that we can get to a complete joy is seeing the gospel being spread and proclaimed throughout the world.
Philippians 1:27-30 ESV
Philippians 1:27-30
27 Only v let your manner of life be w worthy 1 of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you x that you are standing firm in one spirit, with y one mind z striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, 28 and not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a a clear sign to them of their destruction, but b of your salvation, and that from God. 29 For c it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also b suffer for his sake, 30 engaged in the same d conflict that e you saw I had and now hear that I still have.
The Connection to 1:27-30
Paul is again talking about being in one mind with fellow believers in this passage. But here Paul says that we should be united because we will encounter suffering in our life, and our reaction to suffering (continued joy in Christ) is a sign of our salvation to our opponents. By using the conjunction "so" to start off the second chapter Paul is making the argument that because we live our lives in a manner worthy of the gospel we should be united by being humble and putting others before ourselves.
Final Thoughts
- To be united in Christ is to put other people and their interest before our own. - When we are faced with oppression/suffering we can show our joy in Christ by being humble - Our joy is rooted in the Lord, but we can get close to Paul's 'complete joy' by rejoicing when we see the gospel being spread and proclaimed How can I count others more significant than myself? - Serve without the intent of seeking attention - Do things that you could ask others to do How can I encourage others to do the same? - Lead by being humble yourself - Create opportunities for them where they can serve others
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