BIBLE: Philippians 2 – Headline “In Heaven, On Earth, Below the Earth… Every Knee Bows at the Name of Jesus”

Words in italic type have been added for clarity. They are not found in the original Hebrew or Aramaic.

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Philippians 2

Unity Through Humility

Philippians 2:1 Therefore if there is any consolation (encouragement)  in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy,
Philippians 2:fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.
Philippians 2:Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.
Philippians 2:Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.

The Humbled and Exalted Christ

Philippians 2:Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,
Philippians 2:who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God (something to be held onto to be equal),
Philippians 2:but made Himself of no reputation (emptied Himself of His privileges), taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.
Philippians 2:And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.
  • Hebrews 5:who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear,
  • Luke 18:31 Then He took the twelve aside and said to them, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of Man will be (fulfilled) accomplished.
  • Jesus went through the agony in the Garden of Gethsemane knowing what was going to happen, and yet he could have been saved.
Philippians 2:who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God (something to be held onto to be equal),
Philippians 2:but made Himself of no reputation (emptied Himself of His privileges), taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.
Philippians 2:And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.
Philippians 2:Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name,
  • Jesus is a “Cut Above” in every way:
    • His name is above every name
    • He is a stone cut out without human hands (supernaturally)
    • He is the stone from “above” which is “cut out” without human hands.
Philippians 2:10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth,
Philippians 2:11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Light Bearers

Philippians 2:12 Therefore, my beloved, as you 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;
Philippians 2:13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.
Philippians 2:14 Do all things without complaining (grumbling) and disputing (arguing),
Philippians 2:15 that you may become blameless and harmless (innocent), children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,
Philippians 2:16 holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.
  • Note: “the day of Christ” is the rapture and resurrection of believers:
  • 2 Thessalonians 2:2 not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come.
  • 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.
  • Revelation 1:5 and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood,
Philippians 2:17 Yes, and if I am being poured out as a drink offering on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all.
  • The pouring out of a drink offering is a metaphor for the blood Jesus spilled on the cross. Jesus spoke to this directly in Luke 22:20 when He instituted the New Covenant. He picked up a cup of wine and said, “This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood.” Jesus’ sacrifice fulfilled the need of a drink offering, His blood literally pouring out when the soldier pierced His side with a spear (John 19:34). https://www.gotquestions.org/drink-offering.html
    • Luke 22:20 Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed (poured out) for you.
    • John 19:34 But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out (poured out).
Philippians 2:18 For the same reason you also be glad and rejoice with me.

Timothy Commended

Philippians 2:19 But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you shortly, that I also may be encouraged when I know your state (condition).
Philippians 2:20 For I have no one like-minded, who will sincerely care for your state.
Philippians 2:21 For all seek their own, not the things which are of Christ Jesus.
Philippians 2:22 But you know his proven character, that as a son with his father he served with me in the gospel.
Philippians 2:23 Therefore I hope to send him at once, as soon as I see how it goes with me.
Philippians 2:24 But I trust in the Lord that I myself shall also come shortly.

Epaphroditus Praised

Philippians 2:25 Yet I considered it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, fellow worker, and fellow soldier, but your messenger and the one who ministered to my need;
Philippians 2:26 since he was longing for you all, and was distressed because you had heard that he was sick.
Philippians 2:27 For indeed he was sick almost unto death; but God had mercy on him, and not only on him but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow.
Philippians 2:28 Therefore I sent him the more eagerly, that when you see him again you may rejoice, and I may be less sorrowful.
Philippians 2:29 Receive him therefore in the Lord with all gladness, and hold such men in esteem;
Philippians 2:30 because for the work of Christ he came close to death, not regarding (risking) his life, to supply what was lacking in your service toward me.
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