Scripture: Philippians 2

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READ and STUDY the WORD

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Imitating Christ’s Humility

Philippians 2:1-11 (WEB) 1 If therefore there is any exhortation in Christ, if any consolation of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any tender mercies and compassion, make my joy full by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind; doing nothing through rivalry or through conceit, but in humility, each counting others better than himself; each of you not just looking to his own things, but each of you also to the things of others.  Have this in your mind, which was also in Christ Jesus, who, existing in the form of God, didn’t consider equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, He humbled Himself, becoming obedient to the point of death, yes, the death of the cross. Therefore God also highly exalted Him, and gave to Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, those on earth, and those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Questions and Answers:

1. How did Paul encourage the Philippians to act (Philippians 2:1-5a)? Paul encouraged the Philippians to be like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind, doing nothing through rivalry or conceit, but in humility, each counting others better than themselves. Not just looking to their own things, but to the things of others.  Paul wanted them to imitate Christ.

2. How had Christ Jesus acted (Philippians 2:5b-8)? Christ Jesus , existing in the form of God, didn’t consider equality with God a thing to be grasped, but He emptied Himself, and took the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men. He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, death on the cross. 

3. What did God do (Philippians 2:9-11)? God highly exalted Christ Jesus. God gave Him the name which is above every name. That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.   

Shining As Stars

Philippians 2:12-18 (WEB) 12 So then, my beloved, even as you have always obeyed, not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. 13 For it is God who works in you both to will and to work, for His good pleasure. 14 Do all things without complaining and arguing, 15 that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without defect in the middle of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you are seen as lights in the world, 16 holding up the word of life, that I may have something to boast in the day of Christ, that I didn’t run in vain nor labor in vain. 17 Yes, and if I am poured out on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I rejoice, and rejoice with you all. 18 In the same way, you also rejoice, and rejoice with me. 

Questions and Answers:

1. What did Paul tell the Philippians to do (Philippians 2:12)? The Philippian believers were told to work out their own salvation with fear and trembling. My Bible notes: “So then” (verse 12) is referring back to the previous verses (1-11). We too must be careful about what we believe and how we live, especially when we are on our own.  We must focus our attention and devotion even more on Christ so that we won’t be sidetracked.

2. Who did Paul say worked in the Philippian believers (Philippians 2:13)? Paul says it is God who works in them both to will and to work, for His good pleasure. (F.Y.I. The secret to a changed life is to submit to God’s control and let Him work in your life.)

3. How did Paul encourage the Philippian believers to act (Philippians 2:14-15a)? Paul encouraged them to do all things without complaining and arguing so that they might become blameless and harmless, children of God without defect in the middle of a crooked and perverse generation.  

4. What did Paul believe would be the results of the Philippians doing as he encouraged (Philippians 2:15b-16)? Paul believed they would be seen as lights in the world, holding up the Word of life. And Paul would be able to boast that he didn’t run in vain nor labor in vain.

Timothy And Epaphroditus

Philippians 2:19-30 (WEB) 19 But I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, that I also may be cheered up when I know how you are doing. 20 For I have no one else like-minded, who will truly care about you. 21 For they all seek their own, not the things of Jesus Christ. 22 But you know the proof of him, that as a child serves a father, so he served with me in furtherance of the Good News. 23 Therefore I hope to send him at once, as soon as I see how it will go with me. 24 But I trust in the Lord that I myself also will come shortly. 25 But I counted it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, fellow worker, fellow soldier, and your apostle and servant of my need, 26 since he longed for you all, and was very troubled because you had heard that he was sick. 27 For indeed he was sick, nearly to death, but God had mercy on him, and not on him only, but on me also, that I might not have sorrow on sorrow. 28 I have sent him therefore the more diligently, that when you see him again, you may rejoice, and that I may be the less sorrowful. 29 Receive him therefore in the Lord with all joy, and hold such people in honor, 30 because for the work of Christ he came near to death, risking his life to supply that which was lacking in your service toward me.

Questions and Answers:

1. Why had Paul chosen Timothy to send to the Philippians (Philippians 2:19-22)? Paul chose Timothy to send because Paul believed there was no one else like Timothy who was taking a genuine interest in their welfare.  Timothy had proved himself because he had served with Paul in the work of the gospel.

2. When was Paul going to send Timothy and when was Paul going to Philippi (Philippians 2:23-24)? Paul hoped to send Timothy at once and Paul hoped to be there shortly.

3. Who had Paul already sent (Philippians 2:25)? Paul had sent Epaphroditus, a brother, fellow worker, fellow soldier, apostle and servant.

4. Why did Paul say he had sent Epaphroditus (Philippians 2:26-27)?  Paul had sent Epaphroditus because he had longed for the Philippian believers and he was troubled because the Philippians had heard that he was sick.

5. How did Paul want the Philippians to respond to Epaphroditus’ visit and why should they respond that way (Philippians 2:28-29)? Paul believed the Philippians would rejoice and receive him in the Lord with all joy. Because of the work of Christ Epaphroditus had come near to death, risking his life to supply that which was lacking in their service toward Paul.

HEAR the WORD

Philippians 1:17-18 17 Yes, and if I am poured out on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I rejoice, and rejoice with you all. 18 In the same way, you also rejoice, and rejoice with me.

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder the above verses.  My Bible notes: Even if he had to die, Paul was content, knowing that he had helped the Philippians live for Christ. 

MEMORIZE the WORD

Philippians 2:3 (NIV) Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit.  Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.

Philippians 2:9-11 (NIV) Therefore God exalted Jesus to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

Am I shining brightly, or am I clouded by complaining and arguing?  How about you?

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

We should shine like stars in a dark and depraved world because a visibly transformed life is an effective witness to the power of God’s Word.   

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I pray we will be encouraged by being united with Your Son Christ Jesus. I pray we will be comforted with His love (Philippians 2:1).  Lord, I pray our joy will be complete, by us being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose (Philippians 2:2).  Lord, I pray we will do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than ourselves (Philippians 2:3). Lord, I pray we will look not only to our own interests, but also to the interests of others (Philippians 2:4). Lord, I pray our attitude will be the same as that of Christ Jesus (Philippians 2:5-8).  Lord, I pray we will bow down at the name of Jesus (Philippians 2:9-10). I pray we will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to Your glory (Philippians 2:11).  Lord, I pray we will work out our salvation with fear and trembling for it is You who works in us to will and to act according to Your good purpose (Philippians 2:12-13). Lord, I pray we will do everything without complaining or arguing, so that we may become blameless and pure, children of Yours without fault in a crooked and depraved generation.  I pray we will shine like stars in the universe as we hold out the Word of life (Philippians 2:14-15).  Lord, I pray we will be glad and rejoice (Philippians 2:18).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN.  

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I be glad and rejoice.” <>< Dona