Philippians Bible Study – Part Two

Hello everyone, I hope you’re all having a great week so far!  As I began reading chapter two today I realized there is a lot that Paul has packed into this chapter. This week we will only look at verses 1-11 and hopefully we can study the rest of the chapter next week.

Feel free to read the text below and follow along as we go.

Christ’s Example of Humility

[1] So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, [2] complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. [3] Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. [4] Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. [5] Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, [6] who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, [7] but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. [8] And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. [9] Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, [10] so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, [11] and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:1-11 ESV)

My Summary of This Passage

If there is any comfort and love in the spirit, complete my joy by being of the same mind. Do nothing with selfishness or pride, but with humility think more of others and less of yourself. Don’t only look to your own interests but also seek other people’s interests. Have a Christlike mind. Christ, who was in the form of God and had the power of God, did not make Himself equal to God. But He lowered Himself to the level of a servant, being born into the likeness of man, and in human form he had humility becoming obedient to the point of death, even an agonizing death on the cross. Because of this God the Father has highly exalted Him and given Him the name that is far above every name, so that at the name of Jesus, every knee will bow, every person will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the greatness and glory of God.

In this passage Paul says “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit.” This is a very powerful statement. We often make decisions with selfish questions, will this make me happy? Am I going to be comfortable?  How will this benefit me? We very often make decisions with selfish desire. We usually want whatever is going to benefit us most.

What we want is not always what God wants. Look at Jesus’ life on earth. He lowered Himself with humility and became like a servant. He had the power of God, He is God, yet He chose to serve. He chose to be obedient to God the Father. Though we selfishly want what is best or easiest for us, it’s important to realize that the Christian life on earth isn’t going to be easy, we will always have trouble and difficult things here on earth. But always keep your focus on eternity. Always seek to live in accordance with one another having a mind like Christ.

Lastly I want to share a quote by John Piper, this goes along well with our study and its a very important reminder.

“The mind is the window of the heart. If we let our minds constantly dwell on the dark, the heart will feel dark. But if we open the window of our mind to the light, the heart will feel the light.”    -John Piper

I hope you remember these things and keep your minds in accordance with Christ the light. What a challenging reminder for us all.

Thanks for reading along, I hope you have a good week!

-Zachary

P.S. Thanks to everyone who took my survey! I appreciate all of your encouraging words and helpful ideas.

 

 

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