Philippians 2:1-18
Philippians 2:1-18
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Published April 3rd, 2020; Updated April 5th, 2020
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Philippians 2:1-18 Provisional Title : The Example of Jesus Main Idea of the Text (MIT) : The Philippians were to be unified in humility like Christ, as they worked out the salvation that God works in them proving themselves blameless children. Exegetical Outline : 1. Jesus exemplified humility that leads to unity (2:1-11) a. complete Paul's joy by being unified (2:1-4) a.a. 4 conditions (2:1) a.a.a. encouragement in Christ a.a.b. comfort from love a.a.c. participation in the Spirit a.a.d. affection and sympathy a.b. 3 characteristics (2:2) a.b.a. same love a.b.b. same accord a.b.c. same goal a.c. 2 applications [A-B-A-B] (2:3-4) a.c.a. don't be selfish [A] a.c.b. be humble [B] b. the example of Jesus (2:5-11) b.a. Jesus didn't exploit His deity (2:6-8) b.a.a. he emptied Himself b.a.a.a. becoming a servant b.a.a.b. being born b.a.a.c. taking a body b.a.b. he humbled Himself dying on a cross b.b. Jesus exalted for God's glory (2:9-11) b.b.a. every knee will bow to Jesus b.b.b. every tongue will confess Jesus' Lordship 2. In light of Jesus, work out your salvation because God works in you. (2:12-13) a. work out your salvation (2:12) a.a. who: beloved of God a.b. when: no matter who's watching a.c. how: with fear and trembling b. because God works in you (2:13) b.a. to impact your will b.b. to impact your work 3. Paul commanded them to do all things without dispute to be blameless. (2:14-18) a. children without blemish (2:15) b. children different from the world (2:15-18) b.a. holding on to Scripture b.b. making Paul proud Main Idea of the Message (MIM) : As God's children, we are to be unified exemplifying His humility and work. Homiletical Outline : 1. God's Humility and Our Humility (2:1-11) a. The Church's Call: Unity (2:1-4) a.a. 4 Conditions.. (2:1) a.a.a. ..encouragement in Christ a.a.b. ..comfort from love a.a.c. ..participation in the Spirit a.a.d. ..affection and sympathy a.b. 3 Characteristics.. (2:2) a.b.a. ..same love a.b.b. ..same accord a.b.c. ..same goal a.c. 2 Applications [A-B-A-B] (2:3-4) a.c.a. don't be selfish [A] a.c.b. be humble [B] b. The Church's Example: Jesus (2:5-11) b.a. Jesus didn't exploit His deity (2:6-8) b.a.a. Jesus emptied Himself.. b.a.a.a. ..becoming a servant b.a.a.b. ..being born b.a.a.c. ..taking a body b.a.b. Jesus humbled Himself dying on a cross b.b. Jesus' exaltation for God's glory (2:9-11) b.b.a. every knee will bow b.b.b. every tongue will confess 2. God's Work and Our Work (2:12-13) a. You Work Out (2:12) a.a. who: beloved of God a.b. when: no matter who's watching a.c. how: with fear and trembling b. God Works In (2:13) b.a. impacting your will b.b. impacting your work 3. God's Children (2:14-18) a. God's Blameless Children (2:15) b. God's Different Children (2:15-18)
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Philippians 2:1-11
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So if there is any encouragement in Christ,
any comfort from love,
any participation in the Spirit,
any affection and sympathy,
complete my joy
by being of the same mind,
having the same love,
being in full accord
and of one mind.
Do nothing from selfish ambition
or conceit,
but in humility
count others more significant than yourselves.
Let each of you look not only to his own interests,
but also to the interests of others.
Have this mind among yourselves,
which is yours in Christ Jesus,
who, though he was in the form of God,
did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,
but emptied himself,
by taking the form of a servant,
being born in the likeness of men.
And being found in human form,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to the point of death,
even death on a cross.
Therefore God has highly exalted him
and bestowed on him the name that is above every name,
so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven
and on earth
and under the earth,
and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
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Paul urged the Philippian Christians to complete his joy through their humility, just as Christ humbled Himself.
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Philippians 2:1-11
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
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by being j of the same mind,
having the same love,
being in full accord
and of one mind.
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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o Have this mind among yourselves,
which is yours in Christ Jesus, 1
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p who, though he was in q the form of God,
did not count equality with God r a thing to be grasped,
but s emptied himself,
by taking the form of a t servant, 1
u being born in the likeness of men.
And being found in human form,
he humbled himself
by v becoming obedient to the point of death,
w even death on a cross.
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x Therefore y God has z highly exalted him
and bestowed on him a the name that is above every name,
so that at the name of Jesus b every knee should bow,
c in heaven
and on earth
and under the earth,
and d every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is e Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
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Philippians 2:12-13
Therefore, my beloved,
as you have always obeyed,
so now,
not only as in my presence
but much more in my absence,
work out your own salvation with fear and trembling,
for it is God who works in you,
both to will
and to work
for his good pleasure.
Main point summary
In light of Jesus, Paul called them to obey in working out their salvation, a salvation that God simultaneously works out for His pleasure.
Philippians 2:12-13
Therefore, my beloved,
f as you have always g obeyed,
so now,
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not only as in my presence
but much more in my absence,
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work out your own salvation
with fear and trembling,
for h it is God who works in you,
both to will
and to work
for i his good pleasure.
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Philippians 2:14-18
Do all things
without grumbling or disputing,
that you may be blameless and innocent,
children of God
without blemish
in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation,
among whom you shine as lights in the world,
holding fast to the word of life,
so that in the day of Christ I may be proud
that I did not run in vain
or labor in vain.
Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith,
I am glad
and rejoice with you all.
Likewise you also should be glad
and rejoice with me.
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Paul commanded them to do all things without dispute to be blameless.
Philippians 2:14-18
Do all things
j without grumbling or k disputing,
that you may be blameless and innocent,
l children of God
m without blemish
n in the midst of o a crooked and twisted generation,
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among whom you shine p as lights in the world,
holding fast to q the word of life,
so that in r the day of Christ s I may be proud
that t I did not run in vain
or labor in vain.
Even if I am to be u poured out as a drink offering upon v the sacrificial offering of your faith,
I am glad
and rejoice with you all.
Likewise you also should be glad
and rejoice with me.
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