Spurred to love by Christ
What motivates our unity?
Published August 17th, 2021
Main point summary
Bring my joy to its apex by being in full agreement about the gospel of Christ and having his same love considering others more important than yourself.
So if there is any encouragement in Christ,
any comfort from f love,
any g participation in the Spirit,
any h affection and sympathy,
i complete my joy
complete my joy
by being j of the same mind,
Having the same thoughts
having the same love,
Having the same love. Object of love, generator of love, and sustainer of love.
being in full accord
in complete agreement with ideas and opinions
and of one mind.
is this a repetition of 2b? are they book ends?
Do nothing from k selfish ambition or l conceit,
but in m humility count others more significant than yourselves.
Counts other more significant than yourselves
Let each of you n look
Look to the interests of others
not only to his own interests,
but also to the interests of others.
How does affection and sympathy tie in to the series in v1? Is it speaking of God himself? v2b and v2e seem to be saying the same thing. Are these significant book ends for the series in v2? Is the exhortation in v3-4 something that can be accomplished through the unity described in v2 or is it a further explanation of how that unity and love would play out?
Commands: What am I told to do? Complete my joy. Means: How am I to obey? By what means? Be of the same mind Have the same love Be in full accord Be of one mind Don't do anything from selfish ambition or conceit Count others more significant than yourselves (in what manner? in humility) Don't look to your own interests Look to the interests of others Motivations: What motivates me to obey? Why should we obey this command? Encouragement in Christ. Comfort from love. Participation in the Spirit. Affection and sympathy. Meditations and Takeaways: The command is to complete Paul's joy. This is accomplished by being united in mind, in thought, and in love. What motivates this union? Encouragement in Christ, comfort from his love, and participation in his Spirit.