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PHILIPPIANS CHAPTER 2

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1&2 Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, 2 make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose.

 

Phi 2,1-17

(95i) Thy kingdom come >> Attitude >> Having an obedient attitude >> Attitude of a servant -- These verses go with verses 29&30. Whatever your attitude, this determines the direction of your life. If you have a positive attitude, your life will go in positive directions. Conversely, you may have already experienced adverse circumstances because of a negative attitude, and it will continue dragging you through the mud until you use Jesus as your example of how to live. We develop positive attitudes by becoming servants of one another. If in anything a Christian is competitive, we should compete to be the greatest servant. If God’s people did this, it would be one act of human behavior difficult to corrupt. The most corrupt attitude seeks to be first, but if we all seek the last place as Jesus taught us, to become the servant of all, it would be difficult to turn it into something evil, though I suppose man could find a way. It is a nearly incorruptible goal. There is little difference in striving to be the richest man in the world; they all pursue the same thing, wealth, money and power, and there is only so much of it, making it valuable. Too bad we don’t pursue servant-hood like some people pursue money. The one who takes up this challenge will realize that the Kingdom of Heaven is filled with servants, who are all rich beyond our wildest dreams. Most people in the world today, even in the Church, have the attitude that they would rather be rich in this life than to be rich in eternity. Most Christians simply hope to make it to heaven, and the majority of them want heaven just to avoid hell, yet avoiding hell is not a good reason to seek heaven. The only way we will get there is in the form of a servant like Jesus, who is our example.

Phi 2,1-11

(94f) Thy kingdom come >> God’s perspective >> His perspective on the gift of God

(124a) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Love >> Acts of love >> Love takes from the rich and gives to the poor >> Love takes sacrifice

Phi 2,1-8

(187ab) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Die to the flesh >> The ministry of dying to self >> Die to self to minister to God >> Pick up your cross and follow Him

Phi 2,1-4

(44h) Judgment >> Satan destroyed >> Transformed >> Completely full

(77n) Thy kingdom come >> God ministers to people through the humble >> Humility gives a blessing – If Christians dedicated themselves to fitting Philippians chapter two into their lives, revival would occur overnight, suggesting that the Church is in such disarray today because of arrogance. People are too proud to critically look at the things they believe; instead, they just assume their doctrines encapsulate the truth and anybody who would challenge them is considered the enemy. If the Church is arrogant, then what it needs is a healthy attitude of humility. In pursuing the truth many of our false doctrines would self-correct; however, there is no authoritative figure to disseminate the truth for the sake of all, and so these problems will persist until the last days come upon us and the Great Endtime Revival begins and the Two Witnesses and the 144,000 Jews lead millions of gentile believers into the will of God, and they will all be in agreement with the truth. They will be a force too great even for the antichrist! When this Great Endtime Revival begins, the current church will need to relinquish many of their doctrines that conflict with the teachings of the 144,000, which most Christians won’t do. Instead, they will reject this global endtime revival, and God will choose another people to take their place who will worship Him in Spirit and in Truth, and they will become His true church, and the angels will escort them to heaven. The Church that we see today, however, most will not humble themselves to receive the ministry of the 144,000 Jewish witnesses.

(78h) Thy kingdom come >> Renewing your mind by the word of God >> Be of one mind, his mind – Paul advocated being of the same mind, and in other places he said we should all agree, and the implication is that we all agree on the truth. Unfortunately with so many denominations in the Church all believing in different things, we are stuck in the mindset of Pilate who said, “What is truth?” (Jn 18-38). If we are Christians, then we have the Holy Spirit dwelling in us; therefore, we should have an affinity for the truth (Jn 16-13), yet truth does not come easy for many of us, and we need to critically ask ourselves what we are doing wrong. When we look at all the divisions in the Church today, it doesn’t appear that anyone is searching for truth or even trying to agree. Talk to fellow Christians about our faith and we often get a more contentious response than from the world. Most Christians will argue about almost every word we say, so really, the spirit that is in the Church today does not appear to be the Spirit of Christ, but some other spirit, not one that seeks to conform, but one that seeks to divide and conquer. If we have faith, that is what God wants, but He wants faith in the truth.

(91a) Thy kingdom come >> The called >> God’s purpose for us is to fulfill His calling >> Walk in the anointing to fulfill God’s purpose -- These verses go with verse 13

(123c) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Love >> Spiritual affection >> Compassion >> Compassion is the emotion of the Spirit

(125g) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Joy >> Joy is the result of unity -- These verses go with verses 28&29

(139f) Temple >> Building the temple (with hands) >> Encouragement >> Encouraging one another – There are those who are seeking God, but are not finding Him, which is simply not biblical. Jesus said, “Seek and you shall find,” so if you are not finding Jesus, then you are not seeking Him. We find God in the knowledge of the truth that He reveals to us by the Spirit. If there were only one person in your church who experienced these things, and he tried to share his thoughts from God with those around him in the congregation, he would be spreading more division than truth, for people would not receive him; from their fleshly instincts they would reject his message that originated from the Holy Spirit, and they would possibly ostracize him from the Church for upsetting the congregation and stirring up jealousy (1Corinthians chapters 1&2). In contrast, God’s will is that everyone experiences these things and they all share with one another the things that God reveals to them. This is a church that is growing and maturing in the ways of God. Obviously this was the experience of the early church at least to some degree, though it is hardly an experience of the contemporary church. However, that will change, because revival is coming, and all these thing will be re-instituted, and people will seek God and find Him. Unity will form in the body of Christ and the Church will grow in the Spirit, intent on one purpose as Paul described in these verses. Spiritual fellowship is the recipe of a growing church. If you want your church to grow, this is what you have to do: relinquish control and authority to the people, because they are the ministry to share with one another. For a pastor to enter the pulpit and share his ideas week after week has no hope of fostering growth in the body of Christ.

(208i) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Personal relationship >> Being the friend of God >> Having fellowship with God

(235f) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Invest in the kingdom >> Giving (your inner self) >> Giving preference to one another – If everyone did this at the same time, you would have a body of believers who could truly minister to one another.

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Phi 2-1,2

(129n) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Unity >> Being in one accord >> Having one mind – If we encourage one another, and if we cultivate love for the brethren, and if we imbibe their affection and compassion, then do it with one mind. Paul was talking about every member of the body of Christ, telling them to be united in one purpose to glorify their Lord and savior Jesus Christ. Whatever hinders this goal should be uprooted, and whatever advocates it should come to light. Every saint in the Church has a unique calling from God as a means of accomplishing this goal. Paul is describing the people of God in relation to unity, how unity should look, how it should act. There is a healthiness of faith we need to achieve, for some people’s faith is sick and in need of restoration and renovation in regard to what they believe. It is ironic that we can’t just open the Bible and read the truth for ourselves, because our doctrines have blinded our eyes. Talk to most Christians about the Bible and the last outcome is to be encouraged by their faith.

(137m) Temple >> Building the temple (with hands) >> Maturity >> Maturing with our brothers >> Employing your gifts to mature the body – The actual term “fellowship of the Spirit” is mentioned here and possibly nowhere else in the Bible, yet its significance cannot be overstated. It is the very engine of unity, and it also happens to be extremely rare within the Church today, and so is unity as a result. When unity begins to form in the Church, spiritual fellowship is always present. You can encourage one another, you can even love one another and be affectionate and compassionate without the Holy Spirit for a season, but you cannot engage in spiritual fellowship without the Holy Spirit even for a moment. So, this is the one thing that liars and false brethren cannot fake, thus it is why spiritual fellowship is so important. Ask a person, “What has God been doing in your life lately,” and see what answer you get. If people allowed God to work in their lives, you wouldn’t have to ask that question; they would be asking you! Spiritual fellowship is a direct relationship with one another through the Holy Spirit. What does God do for people? He reveals His word to them, His truth which sets us free, then we in turn disclose His truth to one another, and in so doing we have spiritual fellowship, which liberates the body “from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God” (Rom 8-21). Spiritual fellowship is simply revealing to others what God has revealed to us. Spiritual fellowship is most lacking in the Church today, because God is not revealing His word to people. Why? People are not seeking Him.

Phi 2-1

(123l) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Love >> Spiritual affection >> Being in love with the body of Christ >> Affection of Christ


3&4 Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; 4 do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.

 

Phi 2,3-12

(12f) Servant >> Nature of a bond servant – Jesus humbled Himself before His Father to do His will, which was to offer His body a living and holy sacrifice for the sins of mankind. This finds favor with God when we too humble ourselves before Christ and offer our bodies to Him as a living and holy sacrifice, devoting our lives as His servants to accomplish His purpose (Rom 12,1-3). We are called to sacrifice our life-goals in order to do His will. If we do this, God will exalt us even as He exalted His Son, maybe not in this life, but certainly in heaven, remembering every good work we did in His name and for His glory. He will glorify us according to our faith and obedience. God has a trail of good works for each of us, like Hansel and Gretel, only the Lord has laid down the bread crumbs that represent our good works that we are supposed to follow and pick up along the way. This trial will lead us safely into the Kingdom of Heaven and into the arms of Christ if we put on the good works that He has prepared for us.

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Phi 2,3-11

(43a) Judgment >> Satan destroyed >> Conform to the Resurrection of Christ’s death

(56d) Paradox >> Opposites >> humble yourself to be used of God -- These verses go with verses 29&30. Through His cross Jesus Christ has put all people in a position of obligation to follow in His footsteps and humble themselves to receive the gift of eternal life and to walk in service toward one another, so that we might be called the children of God. It is not easy to put others first, especially when we have our own needs and desires. When we want to do something, and there is somebody in need, we must choose whether we are going to follow the command of Christ or satisfy ourselves. This is not an easy thing to do; it takes sacrifice and humility with a positive attitude, not to serve grudgingly or in angry fashion so that no one is really benefited even though the need has been filled. To serve with the proper attitude, knowing that God is in heaven and He is looking after us, putting ourselves last is all the more reason God will put us first. This is how He operates: He puts first those who put themselves last, and He puts last those who put themselves first. While everyone is running around meeting their own needs, God is in the background supernaturally meeting our needs when we pay attention to those who need our help. It will become obvious to all that we are living a life that is ordered with a divine purpose. We will be treated with contempt by the contemptible and with honor by the honorable as a result of putting ourselves last.

Phi 2-3,4

(22c) Sin >> Greed takes without consideration for others >> Serving self

(55m) Paradox >> Lose by gaining >> Lose God’s will to gain your own will -- These verses go with verses 20&21

(76a) Thy kingdom come >> Hidden motives >> Based on selfish ambition

(130e) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Unity >> Committed to caring for the needs of the body >> Committed to holding up one another -- These verses go with verses 22-30

(131h) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Unity >> Interdependence >> Being selfless toward one another

(167b) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Carnality/Secularism (mindset of the world) >> The carnal mind is set on the flesh >> Carnal mind cares only for itself -- These verses go with verses 20&21

Phi 2-3

(171d) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Outward appearance >> Vanity >> Vain experience >> Emptiness is where God isn’t – Instead of having humility of mind, conceit is an inflated ego that is the mechanism of carving clicks into society. Go into a playground and notice certain individuals talking to each other. Nobody is allowed in that group without first proving him/herself, because they consider themselves more important than others. Narcissistic people are the epitome of empty conceit; they are low-level psychopaths. Sociopaths are made by society, whereas psychopaths are literally born that way, and there is no curing them, and at their core they are conceited. They simply consider themselves more important than everybody else. For example, serial killers do what they do because they consider the people they kill to be inferior to themselves, even subhuman, mere playthings. They consider other people to be nowhere near their level of importance. Psychopathy is a conundrum to science; people have been studying it for years, still no one knows what to think of them. The authorities have their theories, but they have no way of treating them. This should shed some light on the fact that God is calling us to behave just the opposite of Narcissism. He is calling us to be like Christ, who came and saved us from our sins, who gave and gave and gave, while varying levels of Narcissists take and take and take. Everybody has a little Narcissism in them, called sin, the “me first” mentality; Paul is saying to pay no attention to this side of us. We don’t have to act on it; we can make the better choice of considering other people’s interests more important than our own. This does not come natural to our flesh, though. There is nothing wrong with wanting to feel important, but when we want to feel more important than others, we run into trouble.


5 Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus,

 

Phi 2,5-13

(230h) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> Mystery of godliness >> Mystery of the trinity >> Obey the mystery of godliness like Jesus did – If God glorified Christ for His humility, than He is willing to do the same for us if we humble ourselves and become obedient to the point of sacrificing our lives to the will of God, no matter what the cost. When we serve Him in this way, and when the body of Christ serves Him collectively, God will also exalt us and bestow upon us the name of Jesus Christ, which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus, every knee should bow to the Church and every tongue confess that the people of God represent Jesus Christ on the earth. If we were to humble ourselves, the world would bow in reverence to our ministry toward them, and more people would confess that Jesus Christ is Lord and be saved to the glory of God the Father. There would be martyrs and persecution, but that would cause the Church to grow all the more. If the Church were to serve the Lord in Spirit and truth, God would give the Church the world! What more matters of this life? the Church would turn this world upside-down for Jesus Christ, just like Paul, one man. If we all lived as Paul lived, how much more could we turn this world upside-down for Jesus Christ and exalt the glory of God?

Phi 2,5-12

(87c) Thy kingdom come >> Obedience >> Jesus obeyed all the Father’s will

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Phi 2,5-11

(13a) Servant >> Jesus is a servant of mankind >> He is smaller than any man – Man must humble himself before he can obey God. There are some real advantages to humbling yourself. One is, you don’t have to worry about someone else doing it for you. Secondly, if you do it for God, He will exalt you to the degree that you humbled yourself. However, some people don’t believe they need to humble themselves because they are already exalted by the world in their pursuits. There is a difference between the world exalting you and God exalting you, and there is a difference in the rewards – the two are opposite of each other. One reward is to receive power and glory from men to better control them, while the other is to receive power and glory from God to better serve Him.

(32m) Gift of God >> Father will honor you >> Father honors His Son

(37d) Judgment >> Judgment of God on His Son >> Jesus’ humanity >> He was a man – Jesus became a man so we could relate to Him, but what we need to understand is that before Jesus became a man, He was already human, even more than us! It says in Genesis 1-26, “Let us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness.” God is human; therefore Man is human. When we say God is human, that doesn’t mean God necessarily looks like a man, though we know Jesus looks like a man because He literally is a man, but the Father most likely does not look like a man, yet He is human just the same. We don’t understand many things about the Father, partly because we don’t understand our own humanity; once we understand ourselves a little better, we will better understand the Father. Even the Holy Spirit is human. We could say that God has a language; He can communicate; He enjoys music. We could point out all the things that the animals don’t share with us, and we could say that this is what makes us human, but that is only with respect to animals. We are human with respect to God in ways we scarcely know. Before we were saved and before the Holy Spirit came to dwell in us and before we became a member of God’s true Church, we were not human in the sense that God is human, for man lost his God-like humanity when he fell into sin, but the moment we said “Yes” to Jesus and made a commitment to follow Him for the rest of our lives and God imparted His Holy Spirit into us, we became human again as God is human in ways that to this day we don’t understand. When we receive our resurrected bodies, we will become even more human than we are now. In a million years from now we will better understand what it really means to be created in the image of God, and in a billion years we will understand it all the better, so we will never fully understand our own humanity with respect to God, not completely. We will always strive, always learn, always attempting to understand; there will forever be room for growth. We will grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ forever and ever, and the better we understand Him today, the easier we will understand Him in the life to come. God will give us a proclivity to understand Him based on the interest we engender of Him in this life.

(37i) Judgment >> Blood of Jesus >> He emptied Himself >> From equality with God to human frailty – Jesus appeared many times after His resurrection, and each time He used a different form. This way neither the Roman guards nor His disciples could recognize Him, yet they knew it was the Lord because of the peace He embodied. He came to them in different forms as a man, but during His life in the flesh He had the form of God. That is, in the same manner He took on many forms after His resurrection, He took on the form of God in a way that His disciples did not recognize until later. It took years for them to finally grasp the fact that Jesus Christ was indeed God in the form of a man, and in that form He became the servant of all by dying on the cross for everyone. The person of Jesus Christ is indeed an elusive character.

(40c) Judgment >> Father gave authority to the son to judge the world through His blood

(45e) Judgment >> God’s Judgment >> On believer’s sin >> Through His Son >> On the cross – There are many religions that use the Bible to justify their beliefs, though they deny the divinity of Jesus Christ, such as the Jehovah Witnesses, the Mormons, and the list sadly continues indefinitely. How could these religions deny the divinity of Jesus Christ with Bible passages that speak so plainly about Him? How could He have all the characteristics of God and even be equal with God, yet not be God? What do they do with verses like this? They must distort it and others through gross misinterpretation or else tear the pages from their Bible; or perhaps they simply choose to ignore them and hope they go away. In any case, no doubt this is not one of their favorite verses. It would take a huge amount of effort to explain it away, and why would they want to anyway? Why would they want to make Him smaller? You would think the bigger the man who died for their sins, the more important and valuable His sacrifice for them. Maybe their aim is to do just that, to devalue the cross of Christ, but in the process they have devalued their own salvation by taking Jesus’ divinity away from Him. None of it makes sense, and for this reason it is demonic. There is no viable explanation for religious belief emasculating Christ of His divinity unless those religions follow the influence of demons!

(56i) Paradox >> Opposites >> Last is first and the first is last – Some astrophysicists are now postulating that the universe has expanded and contracted in an endless cycle throughout eternity, making multiple beginnings, but Jesus is speaking about the beginning as a singular event. However, when He says, “I am the… beginning and the end” (Rev 22-13), He is speaking about them as they were part of a circle. When we draw a circle, we begin at some point, placing the pencil somewhere on the paper and then drawing the circle and ending at the same point, which represents “the beginning and the end” of the circle. The circle represents a cycle, which represents Jesus who is equal with God sitting on the throne of His Father, and becoming a man and humbling “Himself to the point of death, even death on a cross.” Jesus did this to teach us the true meaning of humility, and then He was raised to His Father, whose throne was also raised to ever higher levels of glory in the eyes of His creation. He put Himself last and He became least to His creation, calling Himself the son of man, the youngest of all, like in a family of twelve kids, the youngest still in diapers, all his siblings look down on him. That little infant is the least of them; that is Jesus; He made Himself least of all. He was the youngest, yet He was the wisest, the most humble, and He was without sin, and He paid for the sins of all mankind, and as a result of His humility, He became greater than ever. Jesus is alive forevermore (Rev 1-18), He will never die again, yet this cycle will continue throughout eternity; God will humble Himself and demonstrate for His creation how we ought to live, and then He will sit back on His throne more exalted than ever. It will be a continuous process in the eyes of His creation so that all will know the greatness of God throughout eternity.

(66e) Authority >> Jesus’ authority >> His position with the Father >> Jesus is under His authority

(67b) Authority >> Jesus is at the right hand of the father >> He is above all other authorities

(77h) Thy kingdom come >> Tapping into the power of God through humility >> The high position of a humble servant Jesus is our standard of a servant that we use to determine how much we ought to humble ourselves. God in human flesh humbled Himself to the point of death, even death on a cross, which was one of the most hideous and contemptible ways to die. If Jesus was not too high-minded to serve, then who are we to act from selfishness and empty conceit? Try to imagine being God; the picture that most often comes to mind is the sense of being all-powerful and having authority over everything, and how it would feel to have no one above you barking down orders. You could literally do anything you wanted and nobody could stop you. If anybody criticized you or formed a rebellion to dethrone you from your position as God of the universe, you could just vaporize them. This is most people’s idea of God, but then we read the Bible’s version of God and get a totally different story. In the Bible we see a God who is willing to humble Himself in order to serve His creation. He became one of us so He could personally identify with His creation. He was willing to go even further; Jesus humbled Himself not only as a man but as the most humble man who ever lived, not just compared to His former status as God of the universe, but even according to our own standards He humbled Himself to the point that His creation despised Him, for not even his creation knew that level of humility. When we add His divinity to His humility, we see better just how far He lowered Himself so He could relate to us. This level of humility and service to mankind is translated to glory that has lifted up His throne in heaven even more than it was before He came and served mankind.

(245n) Kingdom of God >> Spirit realm imposed on the natural realm >> Literal manifestations >> Spirit realm superimposed upon the natural realm >> The spiritual manifesting into the natural The Bible suggests the concept of superimposing the spiritual realm over the natural realm, for instance Jesus the Son of God coming to visit mankind in human flesh. Paul crafted his words to show that God superimposed human flesh over His Son as one would clothe himself with a garment. In this way both realms simultaneously coexist just as every person has a body and a spirit, so they are virtually indistinguishable

(252c) Trinity >> You shall put no other gods before Me >> Worship Jesus (Because He is equal with God) >> Jesus is worthy of our worship >> Worship Jesus for what God made Him through suffering – There are many religions that use the Bible to justify their beliefs, though they deny the divinity of Jesus Christ, such as the Jehovah Witnesses and the Mormons. How could these religions deny the divinity of Jesus Christ with passages like this in the Bible that speak so plainly about Him? How could He have all the characteristics of God and even be equal with Him, yet not be God? What do they do with verses like this? They must distort it and others through gross misinterpretation or else tear the pages from their Bible; or perhaps they simply choose to ignore them and hope they go away. In any case no doubt, this is not one of their favorite verses. It would take a huge effort to explain it away, and why would they want to anyway? Why would they want to make Him smaller? You would think the bigger the man who died for their sins, the more important and valuable His sacrifice for them. Maybe their aim is to do just that, to devalue the cross of Christ, but in the process they have devalued their own salvation by taking Jesus’ divinity away from Him. None of it makes sense, and for this reason it is demonic. There is no viable explanation for religious belief emasculating Christ of His divinity unless those religions imbibe the doctrines of demons!

(253a) Trinity >> Relationship between Father and Son >> Jesus is equal with the Father >> Jesus has all the external qualities of the Father >> Son has equal authority with the Father – Jesus was God in human flesh. He emptied Himself of all His infinite power and authority and His omniscience and took the form of a bondservant and was made in the likeness of men. He humbled Himself from the position of God’s right hand and became a better servant than any one of us. Trying to measure Christ’s humility as an absolute value starting from the peak of infinity with the Father and going to the lowliest of human existence, comprehending such a thing eludes the limits of our imagination. Needless to say, He was more humble than any one of us. Therefore, if God, who started from an all-powerful status and lowered Himself to become the greatest servant of all, why can’t we humble ourselves and serve one another best we can through the Spirit? Jesus obeyed His Father and for that reason He raised His Son back to His former status, only now He has defeated all His enemies, so that He now has a higher status in heaven than he had prior to the cross. Essentially, God elevated Himself through the power of humility, so that even His enemies must confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God, the Father.

(253h) Trinity >> Relationship between Father and Son >> Father and Son glorify each other >> Father and Son represent each other

Phi 2,5-8

(210b) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Jesus is our sacrifice >> Jesus goes to the cross willingly

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6-11 who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. 8 Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

 

Phi 2-6,7

(232j) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Seeking the kingdom >> Embrace (Jesus during the storm) >> Things not to embrace

Phi 2-7

(37h) Jesus Emptied Himself (Key verse)

Phi 2-8

(4m) Responsibility >> Advocate God’s cause >> Disciples are chastened by the Lord – In most cases the Scriptures that refer to disciples being chastened by the Lord are pointing at us who need it, but in this case it is referring to Jesus, who did not need it, but experienced it so He (God) can better understand what we go through. He was not actually disciplined by the Lord, but tortured for all those before Him who went through horrible experiences at the hands of men and from crippling diseases that brought great pain, so we know that He knows exactly what we are feeling.

(99b) Thy kingdom come >> Endurance (Thorn in the flesh) >> Enduring the will of God >> Enduring the death of your flesh

(244j) Kingdom of God >> Spirit realm imposed on the natural realm >> Literal manifestations >> Literal manifestation of God’s word >> His cross is the manifestation of truth

Phi 2,9-11

(46j) Judgment >> Spiritual warfare >> Demons are subject to Christ

(47j) Judgment >> God judges the world >> Eternal judgment against unbelief toward Christ

(66a) Jesus Is Lord (Key verse)

(66a) Authority >> Lordship of Christ >> He is Lord over all creation >> over life and death

(67l) Authority >> Jesus delegates authority >> Name of Jesus is above every name

(113k) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> The anointing >> Resurrection power

(150f) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Works of the Church bear witness of Jesus >> Confessing Jesus >> Confessing Jesus as the son of God

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12 So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling; 

 

Phi 2-12,13

(101h) Thy kingdom come >> Ambition >> Be an ambitious businessman for God >> Managing God’s business – As Christians we are separate from the world; we are a peculiar people (1Pet 2-9); we think about God in ways that are totally different from others. We know that God is very serious about all His commandments and all His requirements for us, and that He also is very loving and generous and intends to bless us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, but He absolutely expects us to do His will. There are many people who are willing to go to heaven as disobedient Christians and face the consequences of a loss of reward; they don’t really care about them anyway, yet the Bible in no way teaches this. Rather, the Christian walk is squarely set upon the foundation of obedience; we are to zealously work out our salvation with fear and trembling. The Christian walk benefits us, but the Bible says that we do it first and foremost to glorify Him, and we inadvertently become the beneficiaries of our faithfulness. As a result we are not in bondage to sin; we are not on drugs; we are not alcoholics; we are not wife beaters or hooked on pornography, and the list goes on and on of all the sins that can hold on in bondage, except that we became Christians and sought freedom and received it through His grace and mercy as we applied His ability to our lives.

(115k) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Working the grace of God >> Through obedience of faith >> Through diligence – Once God works His grace in us, He expects us to work with Him through that grace. The word of God and prayer, these two concepts together are very well known. We have all seen the painting of the bearded man with his hands folded in prayer at his candlelit table with his glasses setting on his Bible. Bringing together the word of God and prayer is the very concept of the Spirit and the Word. The Bible places the Spirit and the Word together in the same context dozens of times, yet it receives no attention, making a person ask why no one ever mentions it. We are to work out your salvation with fear and trembling as He works in us. We are not to just grab any good work with fear and trembling, but take the grace that He is working in our lives, and walk in it. We are not to be like so many Christians who sit and wait for God to do something for them. We are to work with Him that His investment of grace in us may not be in vain (2Cor 6-1).

(228f) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> God working in you >> God is working in you to place you in His will >> To place you on the trail of good works – God is working in us to perfect the good works that He has prepared for us. Not only are these works predestined before the foundation of the world, according to Eph 2-10, He is also working in us to ensure they come to fruition for His good pleasure. For God to prepare a trail of good works for us without Him working in us to produce them would be in vain, for God has visualized a certain path for our feet, and we cannot walk on it without His grace. In Eph 2-8,9 Paul says that we partake of an eternal salvation by grace through faith, and that by this same grace He saves us in a practical sense. We are to work out our salvation with fear and trembling. In other words, salvation is a two-part process; we are saved for the sake of heaven and we are also saved in this life, for God considers our temporal lives in the flesh just as important as life in eternity, so much that this life will largely determine the quality of our experience in heaven. If a person gets saved but never works with God on a practical level to be saved from his sins in this life, he may lose his faith, which is the basis of his eternal salvation.

Phi 2-12 

(88j) Thy kingdom come >> Fear of God is the beginning of wisdom >> It causes repentance – This is a very popular verse; people often quote it, yet it seems a difficult statement. It sounds as though we are on our own, that we are to work out our salvation by ourselves, but this verse is sandwiched between obedience and grace. Before Paul said this, he said we obey not just in his presence, but much more in his absence, and then he reminded us that God is working in us. So we were not left to our own devices to work out our salvation. Another part of this verse that is confounding is that we must do it with fear and trembling, yet in other passages he talks about boldness. God does not want us to be afraid, so Paul is talking about the fear of God, which the Bible advocates. It is having reverence for God, like the fear we should have for an electric saw, the saw doesn’t want to hurt us, but it will if we stick our fingers in it while the blade is moving. Likewise, if we don’t blatantly break God’s commandments, we have no reason to be afraid of Him. This concept of working out our salvation with fear and trembling is in reference to a very sober thought: if we don’t obey the Lord, there are consequences.

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13 for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.

 

Phi 2-13

(76j) Thy kingdom come >> Desires of your heart >> Desiring to do the will of God – We are eternally saved for the purpose of heaven, which is a place where there is no sin, where only righteousness dwells; how do we know we really want to go there if we never practice righteousness in the flesh? For us to say, ‘This is what I want,’ without demonstrating that desire by gaining victory over our sinful passions and desires proves nothing. God wants us to show Him that we want to go to heaven and live in a holy place by leading a life on earth that simulates our future experience. God’s primary goal for us in this life is to be free from the bondage of sin, though we will commit sin. God has a whole lineup of good works that He wants us to perform throughout our lives, just like He will have for us in heaven. By demonstrating in a practical way the kind of life that we will have in heaven, we are acting like God, and that is exactly what He wants from us.

(86j) Thy kingdom come >> Obedience >> Be doers of the word >> Clothe yourself with the word of God >> Walk the truth – Tit 2-11,12 says, “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age.” God has saved us to eternal life, but He has also called us work with Him to deny ungodliness and worldly desires. Our eternal salvation is based on God’s mercy, but our salvation in this life is based on His grace, and for this reason these two words: grace and mercy appear in the beginning of some epistles (1Tim 1-2; 2Tim 1-2; 2Jn-3). We should not confuse our eternal salvation with our salvation in this life; that is, we should not say that our works have saved us to eternal life, because they haven’t. Our eternal salvation is based solely upon God’s mercy, whereas God saves us from our sins in this life by giving us a whole new set of works that keep our hands and feet busy, so we don’t fulfill the works of the flesh.

(91a) Thy kingdom come >> The called >> God’s purpose for us is to fulfill His calling >> Walk in the anointing to fulfill God’s purpose -- This verse goes with verses 1-4. To be saved in this life without the salvation of eternal life is useless. Likewise, to be saved for eternal life but to remain a sinner in this life is equally useless. We serve a practical God, one who has manifested Himself in the natural realm by sending His Son to live a practical life in the flesh, and then dying for our sins. He lived as we do that we might live as He did. God is not interested in the virtual realm, where He could have merely visualized sending His Son to live in a body of sinful flesh to die for our sins, knowing He would have succeeded; what good is that? He had to prove it, and He also expects us to prove our faith in Him and our love for the brethren in this life. He could have just visualized His victory over death without ever doing it, and then called us to visualize our victory over sin without ever repenting, but what good is that?

(117h) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Eyes of your spirit >> Vision >> Real-eyes God’s purpose >> Understand God’s purpose for your life – As in the army, the private doesn’t decide on his own initiative to invade a territory, but the order must come from his superiors. It is not his call; the private is just awaiting his orders. If we are not obeying the Holy Spirit, we are just doing our own thing. There are many Christians today doing their own thing, and they like to call it obedience, but they didn’t receive any orders from God, and as a result they are doing all kinds of strange things in His name, calling it Christianity and faith and zeal, but it is none of these things. Christianity, faith and zeal are all based on obedience. Part of receiving His orders is by reading the Bible, and the other part is by listening for the Holy Spirit and developing the hearing ear. The Bible teaches what God has already said, and the Holy Spirit says what God is speaking now to us personally. Jesus said, “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the Churches” (Rev 2-7), and He repeated this statement many times within the context of endtime prophecy, so the more time elapses, the more this statement becomes relevant. We receive instructions from the Spirit through the hearing ear.

(229d) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> Kingdom grows by itself >> God causes the growth >> Kingdom grows according to the will of God – God is like an artist who mentors a student, who is new at the chalk in his hand. He makes a line down the paper, and it seems all wrong, so he crumples the paper and throws it in a corner, and looks at the new blank sheet and then at his mentor. The mentor says, ‘That drawing could have been salvaged.’ With sincerity of heart and genuineness of faith God can make anything of us; He can create anything in us. He can create a work of art that will make us stand back and admire His handiwork. We look at the chalk in our hand and wonder how we did it. It is a miracle, not the image on paper, but the tapestry of righteousness and truth in us from God that will follow us into eternity, which we will use forever as confidence that whatever God calls us to do we can do it. If we achieve something in the weakness of our flesh, how much more will we achieve in heaven with all the power of God dwelling in our resurrected bodies? For this reason we must be patient with our brothers and tolerate them, for He is working with them in similar ways that He works with us. With this even a child can produce a work of art, like the preschooler said to her teacher as she drew a picture of God. The teacher criticized, “How can you draw a picture of God if nobody knows what He looks like.” The little girl retorted, “They will in a minute!” It might look like scribble to us, but He sees the picture in our hearts and He will help us manifest an image of Him for all to see. He can make from our work things that will touch people in ways that only He can.

(247b) Priorities >> God’s priorities >> God’s interests >> God is interested in His people >> God is interested in our spiritual health

(255e) Trinity >> Holy Spirit’s relationship between Father and Son >> God’s word is Spirit >> God is Spirit

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14-16 Do all things without grumbling or disputing; 15 so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world, 16 holding fast the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I will have reason to glory because I did not run in vain nor toil in vain.

 

Phi 2,14-16

(9b) Responsible >> Prevent being blamed for something you did not do >> Prevent the appearance of evil

(33a) Gift of God >> God is our Father >> Believers are children >> Children of light 

(42b) Judgment >> Satan destroyed >> Be like Jesus >> Blameless before men

(98b) Thy kingdom come >> Endurance (Thorn in the flesh) >> Rooted deeply >> Plant the word deeply in your heart – When the storms blow and we remain steadfast, there isn’t much more we need to prove to God, because that is the ultimate test. When the storm comes, do we have the strength of heart and steadfastness of faith to remain planted where God has placed us? Some trees grow in precarious places, such as in a dry riverbed; eventually a flood will come and that tree hasn’t a chance, so where we are planted matters. Part of holding fast the word of life is listening to the word of God as to where we should place our roots. Some people settle on a place that is just asking for trouble. When God plants us someplace and commands us to grow, we are not actual seeds; we can step from the dry riverbed and sink our roots along the shoreline; that is one of the best places to be as a tree (see Psalm chapter one), for water is guaranteed there in certain seasons. If our input leads us to push our roots into a soil that cannot support life, we have only ourselves to blame. When He commands us to plant our roots “here”, in that location there are various places where we could choose to settle. This is not the case with a tree seed; wherever it lands it grows; it doesn’t have a say-so in the matter, but we do, and we should use wisdom to determine where we settle our roots.

(155k) Witness >> Validity of the believer >> Evidence of salvation >> You will know them by their fruits >> You will know them by their good deeds >> Good works that prove we belong to Christ

(165c) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> The world is at enmity with God >> The world is wicked

Phi 2-14,15

(28f) Gift of God >> God is our advocate >> Protects us through our walk >> Wise conduct

(41k) Blameless (Key verse)

(42f) Judgment >> Satan destroyed >> Be like Jesus >> Innocent of all evil – While you are encouraging one another in the consolation of love and the fellowship of the Spirit and with affection and compassion, doing all these things through the mind of unity, do them also without grumbling or disputing. Don’t mix poison in the stew, for a little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough. Rather, prove yourselves to the world and to each other as the blameless and innocent children that you are in your spirit. Be examples for each other how a Christian should conduct himself “in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world.” What is a Christian? Your life should answer that! If you are a light in the world, how much more are you a light in the Church? Paul makes no bones about it; he knows what kind of world this is. It is a world that Jesus had to be nailed to a cross and bleed to death in order to heal it.

Phi 2-14

(158b) Works of the devil >> Essential characteristics >> Divide and conquer >> Strife >> Grumbling

Phi 2,15-17

(179h) Works of the devil >> Practicing witchcraft >> Wolves >> False prophets >> Prophesy truth with an evil motive

Phi 2-15

(112f) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Light >> Obeying the truth in broad daylight >> Church’s deeds in the light

Phi 2-16

(45a) Judgment >> God judges us for not judging ourselves >> Preparing for believer’s judgment

(56a) Paradox >> Lose by gaining >> Gain your idea of wealth to lose God’s wealth

(100g) Thy kingdom come >> Diligence in studying the word of God

(170k) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Outward appearance >> Vain effort >> Effort frustrated by failure

(194a) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Turn from sin to God >> Run to God >> Run the race that is set before us

(226c) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Rewards of the Kingdom of Heaven >> Reserved in heaven >> God crowns us with glory for sharing our rewards – Paul was very much concerned about the faithfulness of the Church because he didn’t want to run or toil in vain. If the Church fell away from God, he would feel that there would be nothing to show for all his work; the saints would not be in heaven; there would be no one to reminisce stories and compare versions of situations they experienced together. However, God would never ask Paul to invest his entire life, soul, sweat and tears for something that didn’t bear fruit, so really, Paul’s concern is an empty one. God is big enough to keep His people in their faith, since it is impossible for God’s work to not bear fruit. Therefore, whatever God called Him to do, he had His promise that it would bear fruit, and Paul was faithful in his ministry, guaranteeing fruit to be the result. We have the same promise.

(232h) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Seeking the kingdom >> Embrace (Jesus during the storm) >> Hold on to the word of God – If it were easy to believe in Jesus, Paul wouldn’t need to tell us to hold fast the word of life, but we know that the storms of life can be very severe, and so we cannot underestimate the need to hold fast. When times are easy, we might get away with setting down the word of God for a time and then coming back to it—another word for this is “wander”. If we return to the word, no harm is done, but people who wander can go astray and lose their way altogether. Paul would not advise anybody to stray or to set down the word of God, but to hold fast the word of life, because storms can rise quickly from seemingly nowhere. It can potentially be a balmy day one minute, and the next, dark, ominous clouds can form in the horizon without warning. That first gust of wind has been known to uproot some of the most steadfast trees, but if they were strong as they appeared, they would have survived.

(255a) Trinity >> Holy Spirit’s relationship between Father and Son >> God’s word is Spirit >> Spirit of the word >> Words of His Spirit are life

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17-19 But even if I am being poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I rejoice and share my joy with you all. 18 You too, I urge you, rejoice in the same way and share your joy with me. 19 But I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you shortly, so that I also may be encouraged when I learn of your condition.

 

Phi 2,17-20

(130g) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Unity >> Committed to caring for the needs of the body >> Caring for spiritual needs

Phi 2-17,18

(14b) Servant >> Servants expend themselves to please God

(123i) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Love >> Spiritual affection >> Being in love with the body of Christ >> Emotional situations

(125c) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Joy >> Joy is the result of investing in the kingdom >> Investing in a life of adversity – Paul had great joy in the sacrifice of himself for the faith of the saints as his drink offering that was being poured on the ground for the sacrifice and service of their faith. People in prison feel their lives are wasted, each minute disintegrating their flesh a little more. Most are in prison for the crimes they committed, but Paul was in prison for the righteousness he preaching in the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. His drink offering amounted to wasted years in prison, but they were not wasted, for God used him in any circumstance so long as his heart was trained on Him. He knew others would see his faith in prison and see his attitude that he was counted worthy to suffer shame for the sake of the gospel, and it encouraged others to faithfully serve God. He brought encouragement even as far as to us in believing during times of adversity in our own generation centuries later with the hope that the Church would increase both spiritually and numerically.

Phi 2-17

(37k) Judgment >> Jesus emptied Himself >> Now it’s our turn

(42k) Judgment >> Satan destroyed >> Conform to the glory of Christ’s death – Paul was allegorically speaking about himself as a drink offering that was being poured on the ground as though wasted. In the eyes of the world the life that he chose for himself was all for nothing, pointless and useless, but to those who believed in Jesus, his life was a blessing to God and essential to the life of the Church as an apostle of Jesus Christ. Note that Paul’s attitude about this was joyful, which is the opposite of religion. Religious people who sacrifice themselves for their manmade beliefs have no choice but to be masochistic, and the only joy they have is when they stop, but Paul’s joy even while people were afflicting him was a blessing in that his suffering was helping to establish the Church in the true doctrines of the faith. God can use any and every aspect of our lives so long as we dedicate ourselves to Him. He uses the good and the evil, the good we do and the evil others do to us, to convey His gospel of Christ.

(44l) Judgment >> Transformation process >> Fulfill your ministry >> Make sacrifices

(189b) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Holy sacrifice >> Holy offering – The irony of a drink offering is that nobody drinks it; they just poured it on the ground, offering it to the Lord. To the unbeliever it is wasted, but to the believer it was an act of contrition and obedience to God. The beauty of old covenant temple worship was that all the rules and regulations were given to them through Moses; it wasn’t made-up by the imagination of human thought, so temple services were performed through obedience and not through the will of man, and this is what made it holy to the Lord. The same goes for us; we are not to choose for ourselves what we will do with our lives in attempt to please the Lord, but should seek God with all our hearts until we discover God’s will, so our service to Him is not through the imagination of human thought but through obedience. The difference between the old and new covenant is that Israel obeyed God through the voice of Moses who lived and died centuries earlier, whereas we obey the voice of the Holy Spirit who directly speaks to us about His will so that fulfilling His ministry is holy to the Lord.

(236a) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Invest in the kingdom >> All things are for your sake >> We are fighting for you >> Our suffering is for your sake

Phi 2,19-30

(72f) Authority >> Transferring authority >> Receiving the delegated authority of men

(123h) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Love >> Spiritual affection >> Ministry of the saints >> Caring for each others needs

Phi 2,19-25

(14j) Servant >> Ministry of helps >> Helpers Are Indirectly In Charge Of The Word >> They have the heart of the one who trained them

(72m) Authority >> Hierarchy of authority >> Authority makes you accountable >> Children are accountable to their parents – Paul battled with halfhearted Christianity in his day too, but the difference is that our easy-believism is based on doctrines we have devised over the centuries through our interpretation of the Scriptures, whereas easy-believism of Paul’s day was pure rebellion against the known truth. This passage speaks of Paul’s fondness for Timothy and his fellow worker Epaphroditus, who portrayed the antithesis of halfhearted Christianity, saying that Timothy was like a son serving his father. Paul loved Timothy, and it was reflected in his letters to him. He loved Timothy not just because he was dedicated to the cause of the gospel, but also because he had a heart for the Lord, who had no concerns or interest other than Christ, and so Paul could trust him with his life. These character traits were extremely important to Paul, not just loyalty but also genuineness of faith could not be overstated. Many people make grandiose claims about their faith yet practically show almost no interest in the things of God, demonstrating their faith is really faithless, which is disbelief cloaked in religiosity.

Phi 2-19

(14l) Servant >> Ministry of helps >> Helpers fill in the gaps >> Messengers help in communications – This verse goes with verse 25. Paul was like so many gang leaders in prison who conducted their business inside the big-house through a intricate web of communication they have developed. The authorities don’t want this to continue, so they do what they can to prevent it from penetrating its walls, but it is virtually impossible to completely stop it, since the ways of communicating are too easy to devise and too difficult to thwart. Like in the computer field, there are billions of bits of information that stream through the computer’s processor, but it only takes a single bit to make a major decision. Likewise, people in prison develop sign languages, and all it takes is a single gesture to signal their intent, and the team of messengers is sent, the command executed. The same thing was happening in Paul’s day; he was in prison and was communicating with his fellow saints with whatever messaging system they had devised, and if the authorities caught them, they just devised a more sophisticated method. When he found favor with the guards, he didn’t need a secret communication system; it all depended on the people who threw him in prison and on the guards who kept him.

(139a) Temple >> Building the temple (with hands) >> Encouragement >> Our brothers encourage us in our adversity – Paul told the Philippians that he would send Timothy to them to learn of their condition, and of course Paul’s great hope was that he would find them serving the Lord with a whole heart. This was enough encouragement for him to joyfully endure a prison sentence traversing years of solitude, or whatever afflictions were besetting him. He could go through anything so long as the Church was stable and growing in the things of God, but to discover that the Church was faltering was too much for him to bear, making his suffering seven times worse, causing his wounds to fester. Then he would contemplate the possibility of everything he was doing falling apart even before the fledgling Church had a chance to be grounded in the faith, making the sacrifice of Christ in vain. Paul felt personally in charge of the Lord’s Church, and of course Paul had no idea how much longer it would have to wait for Christ’s return. Paul was trying to prepare the Church for a long night of waiting, even as he waited in his jail cell, and here it has already been 2000 years and counting, but that day is drawing near now, and the waiting is almost over; the moment is coming for his return, and when it does, it will be that much more glorious just because of the time that people have spent waiting for Him.

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20&21 For I have no one else of kindred spirit who will genuinely be concerned for your welfare. 21 For they all seek after their own interests, not those of Christ Jesus.

 

Phi 2,20-30

(7c) Responsibility >> Protecting the gospel >> Defending the word of God >> Protecting the men who carry the gospel – The Philippians were one of the more mature churches noted in the New Testament, still Paul detected deficiency in their faith and service to God and His people. Paul was talking about Timothy when he said, “For I have no one else of kindred spirit who will genuinely be concerned for your welfare. For they all seek after their own interests, and not those of Christ Jesus.” Timothy contracted an illness and came close to death, yet he continued serving the Lord, pushing through his sickness until his healing came. Phi 2-30 says, “He came close to death for the work of Christ, risking his life to complete what was deficient in your service to me.” In contrast, he said a couple chapters later, “At the first preaching of the gospel, after I left Macedonia, no church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving but you alone” (Phi 4-15). Timothy was the only man Paul knew and trusted with his whole heart. Paul was a hard man to gain his trust, and it must have been difficult to work with him, but then again, it wasn’t always easy for the disciples to follow Jesus, because of His deep love and personal commitment to God that transcended everybody else.

(11k) Servant >> Paul’s example of God’s standard – Jesus was Paul’s standard, and Timothy was the only man to come close to his expectations of what it is to be a Christian, saying, ‘Nobody else has a kindred spirit who cares about the Church.’ If Paul could say that in his own time, how much more is it true today? Who genuinely cares about the Church anymore? People are more willing to exploit their own faith and extract from the gospel, rather than invest their lives into the gospel and give of themselves for the sake of future generations. Paul was nearly unwilling to take anything from the gospel, not even to supply his own needs. Paul received gifts from people to support his ministry, but he was the kind of man who felt degraded that he had those needs. He wanted every ounce of available resources to go into the Church and wanted none for himself, but it seems the Church nowadays doesn’t have that attitude, only to take from the gospel of Christ. Those who advocate the Prosperity Doctrine are the most overt about this. Timothy was a servant at heart; his primary aim was to protect the gospel, and his secondary aim was to protect and serve Paul. There is no question that Timothy was Paul’s servant; someone might then ask, ‘If Paul had a servant, then how did he have a servant’s heart?’ Paul was a greater servant than Timothy, and Paul needed lots of help in his ministry. Paul was like Jesus in that he didn’t tell Timothy what to do; rather, he showed him. Since the day he met Paul, Timothy’s main goal in life was to keep up with Paul’s service to the saints.

Phi 2-20,21

(55m) Paradox >> Lose by gaining >> Lose God’s will to gain your own will -- These verses go with verses 3&4. When we think how self-centered the vast majority of Christians are today, and compare them with the Church of the first century and with Paul’s standard, imagine how disappointed he would be in us, and then imagine how disappointed Christ must be in us as a people and as a church. To be fair, not all Christians are like this; there are some people who truly are committed to the faith, and they are a breath of fresh air. The darker it gets the brighter their light shines, and sadly they are never rewarded for their faith in Jesus among their fellow brothers and sisters, who scarcely serve the Lord? The only legitimate reward they have for all their faith and commitment to Christ is their hope of eternal life.

(96m) Thy kingdom come >> Having a negative attitude about sin >> Having an attitude of greed – If having no genuine interest in the things of Christ was prevalent in Paul’s day, imagine how prevalent it is in our present age of apostasy. In this me-oriented generation of ours, the Church has conformed to the world instead of to the will of Christ. The only time the Church supposedly obeyed the Lord was during the days of the original apostles (because they made the people obey). The Church historically was said to have remained obedient to Christ to the third century, prior to the formation of the Catholic Church. However, Paul mentioned that Timothy was the only one of kindred spirit during the so-called most spiritual time of the Church. Cutting the Church some slack, though, many people seem to be immensely concerned about the things of the faith, but if Paul was able to say this back then, talking to the Philippians, a highly mature church, then it also pertains to us, only seven times over. These were not the Corinthians, who had a reputation of self-centeredness, but the Philippians; even they were so selfish they could not see past their own interests.

(167b) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Carnality/Secularism (mindset of the world) >> The carnal mind is set on the flesh >> Carnal mind cares only for itself -- These verses go with verses 3&4. This is the condition of the early church, which was in a state of revival. Even then, Paul had a very difficult time finding people of kindred spirit who were genuinely concerned about the welfare of the Churches! Therefore, how much more difficult is it to find someone of kindred spirit in these last days, which is struggling under a state of apostasy? They all seek after their own interests and not after the interest of Christ. There were only a handful of people that Paul truly trusted to accurately reflect the heart of God for the sake of the people. Paul had a real reason for telling them these things; they were lacking in the characteristics of giving and caring for the needs of the body; they grumbled and disputed with each other instead of encouraging one another in Christ and fellowshipping in the Spirit. Paul struggled with disobedience and rebellion even back then.

(169k) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Seeking the glory of man >> Stepping on people to get to the bottom >> Ignoring Jesus to satisfy your flesh

(197b) Denying Christ >> Man exercises his will against God >> Spiritual laziness >> Rebelling Against what God wants you to do >> Refusing to take on responsibility -- These verses go with verses 29,30

(247j) Priorities >> God’s priorities >> God’s interests >> God’s interests are not man’s interests – Paul felt almost alone in his concern and love for the Churches, knowing that after his departure, “savage wolves will come in among [them], not sparing the flock” (Acts 20:29), which is exactly what happened. Shortly after the apostles fell asleep the Church took a terrible turn and never looked back or again fully served the Lord with all their hearts as a body of believers. Of course no one can speak of the faithfulness of individuals and small groups throughout history, but the Church as a whole has not served the Lord for nearly 2000 years. Instead, they have used their religions as an excuse to fight wars and have muddied the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. So, these problems have always existed in the Church, but in these last days, falling away from the faith is more pronounced than ever, because of materialism and the ease of living and all the distractions of a technological society gone mad with pride and arrogance from a mistaken idea of  “success” that man claims to have had over the past century or so, which has replaced faith in God. All these things have contributed to the falling away of the saints in the last days. Paul had awfully high standards, no doubt, but he needed to have high standards, because he knew the Church would fall away once he was gone. He needed to give them a good sendoff and show them how important it was to live a devoted life for Christ, and not allow it to morph into religion.

Phi 2-20

(78d) Thy kingdom come >> Sincerity >> Taking God to heart >> Having a genuine heart – It was unlikely Paul was an easy man to please. He wrote about mature Christians who thought only about themselves. Is this even possible, since “mature” and “selfish” are mutually exclusive terms? If so, then there are many highly mature Christians who no less think only about themselves, unless Paul was talking about a level of commitment that none of us have ever known or could know. We actually know this about Paul, especially when we look in the book of Acts and see his drive. He had seen the Lord with his own eyes glorified and sitting at the right-hand of God, the only man to have seen Him this way and lived. Paul testified that Timothy was just as committed to see the saints happily obeying the will of God, yet the people themselves apparently showing no interest in such things, at least not according to Paul’s standard. None of the other apostles could approach the level of Paul’s commitment, not even Peter or John. By comparison, they sat on their hands when it came to evangelism, concerning themselves more with teaching the proper lifestyle of Christianity. Although they did a lot of evangelism, yet their efforts paled in comparison to Paul, who managed to evangelize the entire known world at the time, and ironically, Paul was the one who did more to lay down the doctrines of the Church through his many epistles. Yet, there was no jealousy or competition recorded between Paul and the other apostles in the accomplishments he achieved in establishing many churches. This shows the level of commitment they all had to the faith.

(247e) Priorities >> God’s priorities >> God’s interests >> Concern >> Concerned about your well being -- This verse goes with verse 28

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22-28 But you know of his proven worth, that he served with me in the furtherance of the gospel like a child serving his father. 23 Therefore I hope to send him immediately, as soon as I see how things go with me; 24 and I trust in the Lord that I myself also will be coming shortly. 25 But I thought it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother and fellow worker and fellow soldier, who is also your messenger and minister to my need; 26 because he was longing for you all and was distressed because you had heard that he was sick. 27 For indeed he was sick to the point of death, but God had mercy on him, and not on him only but also on me, so that I would not have sorrow upon sorrow. 28 Therefore I have sent him all the more eagerly so that when you see him again you may rejoice and I may be less concerned about you.

 

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(130e) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Unity >> Committed to caring for the needs of the body >> Committed to holding up one another -- These verses go with verses 3&4. Epaphroditus had a servant’s heart; he saw the need and he ran to meet it; he had a passion for service. Paul’s complaint to the Philippians was that they lacked passion, not the willingness to help. The difference between a helper and a passionate helper when it comes to actually doing the job may not seem like much, but it is an attitude and an emotional state that has its roots in the spiritual realm. People who love the Lord have a passion for service, and it was this love of God that Paul sought. When Paul saw passion in people, he knew he could trust them. A willingness to help demonstrates a love for people, but passion is a product of the Holy Spirit. Paul could use the help, but what he really needed was the security of knowing those around him loved the Lord just as he did. He could let down his guard and there was potential for spiritual fellowship, which is the joy of Christianity, the opportunity to share our faith with others. It confirms in us the things we believe and adds encouragement, that just as the Holy Spirit dwells in us, so he dwells in others. This shows that the Church is in a spiritual state of good health, that it is properly functioning, that we are not alone in a world that hates God, but among brethren who love God just as we do, and it is their passion that proves it.

Phi 2-22

(142j) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Witnesses of Jesus >> Having a reputable ministry >> A reputable ministry of helps -- This verse goes with verses 29&30

(236i) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Invest in the kingdom >> Invest in the treasures of the kingdom >> Invest in the gospel -- This verse goes with verse 30. Talking about the proven worth of Epaphroditus, he served alongside Paul like a child serving his father. Paul had a fond affection for him because of his faith toward God, his love for others and his service regarding the ministry. It wasn’t easy to find people like Epaphroditus, not even in the first century. His band of helpers was indispensable in reaching the known world with the gospel of Christ, for it was hardly a one-man job. Paul needed a lot of help, and he got it from those who dedicated their lives to the cause of Christ, many of whom Paul mentioned in his epistles. Perhaps more than anything, Paul needed encouragement, like we all do. Encouragement is like hope, and so we could say that without hope all that remains is discouragement, and we can hardly continue in a state of discouragement for long. Paul reached many people with the gospel, but his enemies relentlessly persecuted him, who didn’t understand what he was doing, who had devoted their lives to stopping him, though they failed. The encouragement that people like Epaphroditus gave Paul was essential; his handful of faithful servants were God’s gift. Faithful servants are gifts to any ministry, and everyone should treat them as such.

Phi 2-23

(215k) Sovereignty >> God controls time >> Suddenly >> Working quickly

Phi 2,25-30

(73c) Authority >> Respect your leaders >> The ministry to the saints – One of the benefits of being such a servant as Paul was to be served by others, not that Paul felt he deserved it, but he needed help. He was an apostle and a preacher of the gospel, and he went around establishing churches, and it was a lot of work. He had people like Timothy often go with him, and without people like him and Epaphroditus the things that Paul was able to do would have been impossible. He needed a ministry of helps around him; Paul himself was a minister of helps; everybody was involved; even Jesus walked in a ministry of helps; He helped people everywhere he went. The ministry of helps in our day and age is technically about helping the pastor, who needs a healthy construct of people around him who ambitiously help with the work of the ministry to the saints and are willing to take up the slack and do some of the things that need to be done, and this is exactly what Epaphroditus was doing for Paul.

Phi 2-25

(14l) Servant >> Ministry of helps >> Helpers fill in the gaps >> Messengers help in communications – This verse goes with verse 19

Phi 2,26-28

(24b) Sin >> Poverty (Forms of fear) >> Anxiety >> Fear of losing the fruits of your labors

Phi 2-26,27

(145ea) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Jesus’ works bear witness of Himself >> Healing >> Those who were not healed

Phi 2-26

(76k) Thy kingdom come >> Desires of your heart >> Desiring to be among the people of God

Phi 2-27

(188j) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Sorrow >> Grieving over your own loss >> Grieving over your loved ones

Phi 2-28,29

(125g) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Joy >> Joy is the result of unity -- These verses go with verses 1-4

Phi 2-28

(247e) Priorities >> God’s priorities >> God’s interests >> Concern >> Concerned about your well being -- This verse goes with verse 20. Paul sent Epaphroditus to encourage the Philippians in their faith, so Paul would be less concerned about their welfare. Paul was always concerned about the churches; in fact, it was one of the tortures of his soul that he named in 2Cor 11,23-28. He viewed the churches as his investment in this life, like rich people who are constantly concerned about their investments. They call their broker and ask how things are going, read the Wall Street Journal every day to get an overall feel of the stock market, sell stocks that are not doing so well and buy other stocks presumed to do better, constantly tweaking their investments, being always on their mind. Our heart is in our investments, as Jesus said, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Mat 6-21). For Paul it was the Church, though it belonged to God, yet Paul was one of His stewards, and he was given power to affect it in a positive way. He entrusted God to keep the Church, yet so long as he was alive in the flesh, he had authority from God to tweak the Church and improve its overall spiritual health, make it become more robust, strengthen it, give it courage, bolster its confidence and increase its faith. So long as Paul was alive, no man with selfish motives would touch his inheritance and subvert the Church for his own purposes. Paul was the Church’s overseer, and he would come after hirelings like a mad dog.

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29&30 Receive him then in the Lord with all joy, and hold men like him in high regard; 30 because he came close to death for the work of Christ, risking his life to complete what was deficient in your service to me.

 

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(4e) Responsibility >> Advocate God’s cause >> Being accountable in your stewardship

(10f) Responsibility >> Keeping order in the Church >> How to behave toward leadership

(13j) Servant >> Support the body >> Bear one another’s burdens

(43d) Judgment >> Satan destroyed >> Conform to the ministry of Christ’s church

(56d) Paradox >> Opposites >> humble yourself to be used of God -- These verses go with verses 3-11

(95i) Thy kingdom come >> Attitude >> Having an obedient attitude >> Attitude of a servant -- These verses go with verses 1-17

(99m) Thy kingdom come >> Perseverance >> Persevere in ministering to the body of Christ

(130k) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Unity >> Accept one another >> Love tears down social differences in the Church

(142j) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Witnesses of Jesus >> Having a reputable ministry >> A reputable ministry of helps -- These verses go with verse 22. There were a handful of people surrounding Paul that helped him. Some went ahead of him to till the ground in preparation to receive the gospel, but more importantly others stayed behind and helped the Church grow in its physical and spiritual well being. They had a heart for the Church like Paul had, and they were few in number. The rest of the Church was more concerned about themselves, about their own personal needs. Paul reminded the Philippians in his epistle more than any other church that there were people who had needs just as important and often greater than their own, that if they would tend to them, God would tend to theirs. Paul had to throw in a little guilt-trip at the end of this chapter to remind them of their lack of commitment to him, that there was more they could do to help him further the gospel of Christ by helping him as he ministered to other churches. The Philippians were not as committed as they could be; they had their flaws, but they were in other ways a healthy church. Paul was able to speak to them on a spiritually mature level.

(197b) Denying Christ >> Man exercises his will against God >> Spiritual laziness >> Rebelling Against what God wants you to do >> Refusing to take on responsibility -- These verses go with verses 20,21

Phi 2-30

(44d) Judgment >> Satan destroyed >> Complete >> Finish the course – Epaphroditus had gotten sick to the point of death, but God had mercy on him and he got well and continued serving the Lord in the capacity of a messenger and a minister to Paul’s needs. He risked his life to complete what was deficient in the Philippians. That was a serious rebuke to the Philippians, and keep in mind they were a mature church; Paul had very little negative to say about them, compared to the Corinthians, yet no one was helping him. The accomplishments that Paul made basically reached the known world with the gospel; so when we think about the world having heard about Jesus, it was largely because of Paul. He didn’t do it single-handedly; there were eleven other apostles who also went into the world making disciples, and there were many more besides them, yet Paul probably did more to bring the gospel to the world than the others combined. So he didn’t do it alone; he had a lot of help, and he had a lot of people ministering to his needs. He had physical needs, emotional needs and spiritual needs, and people like Epaphroditus had a ministry of helps. The Philippians were used to Paul doing all the giving, being a seemingly endless supply of spiritual sustenance to them like an artesian well perpetually flowing from the ground. It gave the illusion that Paul was totally self-sustainable and never needed any help from anybody, but this was simply not true. He was a man and had needs like everybody else.

(138d) Temple >> Building the temple (with hands) >> Reproof >> Reprove your brother in the right spirit – This was a cloaked rebuke from Paul to the Philippians about this man Epaphroditus, whose problem did not pertain to a willingness to serve the Lord but to his lack of health. He was sick, and the Philippians were concerned about him; they didn’t want to lose him as a brother and as a fellow servant. The way Paul spoke about him was that he performed a service even in his sickness that others of the Philippians could have done in good health, but nobody stepped to the plate and took his place. The Philippian Church was a faithful people; they were not like the Corinthians, who were self-aggrandizing and immature, yet Paul still had reason to rebuke them for their lack of service. It was good that Paul held such a high standard for the Church in service even to himself. He knew the service he provided to the Philippians, bringing the gospel of Christ to them at the risk of his own life and was not bashful about reminding them of the sacrifices he made on their behalf.

(236i) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Invest in the kingdom >> Invest in the treasures of the kingdom >> Invest in the gospel -- This verse goes with verse 22

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