Philippians Chapter 2

June 13, 2013

This Preaching in Shorts Bible study is on Philippians. Each chapter is read verse by verse with the major points highlighted and discussed.

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Last week we talked about joy and rejoicing being the main theme in Paul’s letter to the Philippians.

The source of joy in the life of a believer is our relationship with Jesus.

John 15:10-11 (NIV)
10 If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.

To understand why our relationship with Jesus is the source of joy, we need to have an understanding of who Jesus is.

In Philippians Chapter 2 Paul clearly defines Jesus identity.

Philippians 2:1-30 (NIV)
1 If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. 4 Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, 7 but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death– even death on a cross! 9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 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. 12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed–not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence–continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. 14 Do everything without complaining or arguing, 15 so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe 16 as you hold out the word of life–in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing. 17 But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you. 18 So you too should be glad and rejoice with me. 19 I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, that I also may be cheered when I receive news about you. 20 I have no one else like him, who takes a genuine interest in your welfare. 21 For everyone looks out for his own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. 22 But you know that Timothy has proved himself, because as a son with his father he has served with me in the work of the gospel. 23 I hope, therefore, to send him as soon as I see how things go with me. 24 And I am confident in the Lord that I myself will come soon. 25 But I think it is necessary to send back to you Epaphroditus, my brother, fellow worker and fellow soldier, who is also your messenger, whom you sent to take care of my needs. 26 For he longs for all of you and is distressed because you heard he was ill. 27 Indeed he was ill, and almost died. But God had mercy on him, and not on him only but also on me, to spare me sorrow upon sorrow. 28 Therefore I am all the more eager to send him, so that when you see him again you may be glad and I may have less anxiety. 29 Welcome him in the Lord with great joy, and honor men like him, 30 because he almost died for the work of Christ, risking his life to make up for the help you could not give me.

Philippians 2:1-5

Paul points out how amazing it is that Jesus was willing to surrender the incredible blessing of Deity to take on flesh and to die for us on a cross. It is the perfect picture of self-sacrifice. Jesus came for us. This realization should have a profound effect on how we live in our day to day lives. Jesus is our example, our model for life. We are to have His attitude. This should change the way that we relate to people in our lives. We should have His heart and compassion. We should see like He sees, serve like He serves, think like He thinks, love like He loves. It is not all about us. This attitude will help to truly make us a community.

Our relations will grow and flourish around loving God and loving others, displaying a Christ like attitude. The concepts of living by doing the next right thing and following Jesus example for live take on a whole new depth of meaning.

3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. 4 Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.

Philippians 2:5-11

These verses form one of the earliest Christian liturgies. They were used as a confession of faith in the early church. What the verses make clear is that Jesus is God.

5 Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, 7 but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death– even death on a cross! 9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 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.

This is the foundational truth in Christianity. In this confession the early church affirmed the pre-existence of Jesus as God, affirmed His incarnation as a true human being, affirmed His death on the cross, His resurrection and His coming again to be revealed as Lord of all.

Philippians 2:12-30

In light of who Jesus is and what He has done for us, we are to work together as a community to continue to grow in Him and become more like Him.

We are to do everything without complaining and arguing. That is obviously something we all have to work at. We are to be a people of mission, holding out the word of life, preaching, sharing and living the gospel message to a world that desperately needs it.

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