Study Notes For Philippians
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Philippians 2:1 –
Paul was not questioning if there is any consolation in Christ or not for he knew there was/is (II Corinthians 1:3-5 and II Thessalonians 2:16).
Nor was Paul questioning if there is any comfort in love (II Corinthians 13:11 and Colossians 2:2).
Nor was he questioning if there was fellowship in the Spirit (I Corinthians 12:12-13, II Corinthians 13:14, and Ephesians 4:1-6).
Nor was he questioning any bowels and/of mercies (Colossians 3:12).
What he was doing is tied to the word “therefore”. He had just told them about his afflictions, their coming sufferings, and had asked them to let him hear of their unity in the Gospel (Philippians 1:27-30). Now he is saying if there is any comfort for him, fellowship, and mercy… The next verse is Paul therefore stating how he could receive those things through their actions.
Philippians 2:2 –
Joy can be reached through brethren (II Corinthians 2:3, II Corinthians 7:6-7, Colossians 2:5, and II John 1:4).
Sorrow can come too, if they err (Luke 19:41-44, Romans 9:1-3, II Corinthians 2:4, and Philippians 3:18-19).
Being like-minded is about one’s way of thinking. That Greek term is translated in other places as “regardeth” (Romans 14:6), “think” (I Corinthians 4:6 and Philippians 1:7), “understood” (I Corinthians 13:11), “mind” (Philippians 3:16; 19), and even “affection” (Colossians 3:2).
Our way of thinking matters in many ways (Romans 12:1-3, II Corinthians 10:1-5, Philippians 4:6-8, and Ephesians 4:23).
Having the same love is about loving God (Mark 12:30), one another (I Peter 1:22), and so on (ex. II Thessalonians 2:10).
One accord or united in affection (Acts 2:46). Understand that being of one accord doesn’t necessarily mean that what you are united in is right (Acts 18:12).
One mind is about unity of minds, thinking (I Corinthians 1:10, Philippians 1:27, and I Peter 3:8).
Keep in mind though, one’s maturity in the faith will have some determining factors on how like-minded we can be (cf. Hebrews 5:12-14).
So will one’s abilities to learn, work, etc. effect how like-minded we can be (Luke 12:41-48).
Being of one mind and like-mindedness tie together (Romans 15:5-6).
Philippians 2:3 –
Nothing done through strife [faction; contention] (Proverbs 20:3, Proverbs 26:20-21, Romans 13:13-14, and James 3:13-18).
Consider the type of person that generates strife (Proverbs 15:18, Proverbs 16:28, Proverbs 17:19, Proverbs 22:10, Proverbs 28:25, Proverbs 29:22, and Luke 22:24-30).
Nothing done through vainglory [empty glorying, i.e. self-conceit] (I Corinthians 3:21, Galatians 5:26, and I Thessalonians 2:6).
Having lowliness of mind (Acts 20:19 and I Peter 5:5-6).
Esteeming others better than yourself (Matthew 20:26-27, Romans 12:10, and Galatians 5:13).
Think about how being like minded,loving, and unified in the previous verse (Philippians 2:2), ties to this (cf. I Peter 3:8-11).
Philippians 2:4 –
Don’t be selfish (Acts 20:35, Romans 15:1-3, I Corinthians 10:24-33, and James 2:8).
We live in a time of selfishness, amongst other things (II Timothy 3:1-5).
For further and deeper thought, consider how people being lover’s of self and without natural affection are things that have to be overcome so that they can cease being selfish. The fact that people need to be taught how to love is not a new thing (I John 3:8-4:21).
Be mindful of other people (Romans 12:10; 13; 15-16, Galatians 6:1-2) without expectation of repayment (Luke 14:12-14).
Philippians 2:5 –
The mindset of unselfishness was surely in Jesus Christ (Matthew 20:26-28, Luke 22:27, Ephesians 5:2, and I Peter 3:18).
We should imitate Christ and not only in being selfless (John 13:1-17, Ephesians 5:2, I Peter 2:21-23, I Peter 4:1-2, and I John 2:3-6).
Philippians 2:6 –
He was in the form of God, while in Heaven, meaning He was in a spiritual form (John 4:24).
We should not get caught up in the study of “the form of God” for Jesus was easily capable of appearing in multiple forms (Exodus 3:1-4:31; cf. John 8:58 and Matthew 17:1-5).
He appeared after being risen in a different form, a hidden manner (Mark 16:12; cf. Luke 24:13-35).
Is it really that hard to see that Jesus didn’t change who He was though he appeared in different forms? Won’t the same happen to us (I Corinthians 15:35-57)?
No one can deny Jesus who Jesus was/is (Colossians 1:12-15 and Hebrews 1:1-7).
Not considering equality with God the Father as robbery [plunder; seizing] is explained in the next verse. The point being, He did not need to hold on to being in the form of a spirit and was willing to take upon Himself a fleshly form. Consider the point in II Corinthians 8:9 as further commentary here.
Philippians 2:7 –
He left the grandeur of Heaven and become one of no reputation (Isaiah 53:2-3, Matthew 13:53-58, John 6:42, and John 9:29).
Some erring versions of the Scritpures actually demote Jesus here and translate “make himself of no reputation” as “emptied himself” (ex. ASV 1901, ESV, and NASB).
This has nothing to do with Jesus, as some have erroneously taught, emptying Himself of being deity while He was in human flesh (Isaiah 9:6, Matthew 1:23, John 1:1-14, John 8:56-58, John 10:30-33, John 20:28-31, Acts 20:28, Romans 9:1-5, Colossians 2:8-9, Titus 2:13, Hebrews 1:8-12, I John 3:16, and, I John 5:20).
Such a view causes one to be lost (John 8:23-24).
Took upon Him the form of a servant rather than the form of God (Mark 10:45).
That form was the likeness [figure] of men (Romans 1:3, Hebrews 2:9-18, and II John 1:7).
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