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Philippians 2


Lord, help me do nothing from selfish ambition or vain conceit but in humility consider others as more significant than myself. Help me look not only to my own interests but also to the interests of others. Open my eyes that I might see wonderful things in your Word today. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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Read Philippians 2

Philippians 2:1–11 In the beginning of Philippians 2, Paul reminded the Philippians of the example Christ gave them. This example is the basis for his exhortation that they live lives of humility and self-sacrifice. Those who come to Christ must walk as he walked—on a road of humility and suffering—and they must take up their crosses and follow Him.

Philippians 2:6–11 These verses teach the divine nature of Christ. Do you know other passages that show this? See Titus 2:13, John 1:3, Colossians 1:15–20, and Hebrews 1:8.

 11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people,12 training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age,13 waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.

(Titus 2:11-14 ESV)

In these six beautiful verses, Paul makes several significant statements about who Christ is and what He did. Jesus is the Son of God, the second Person of the Trinity; He is equal with God. And yet, He saw fit to humble himself and take on human likeness, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross.

Jesus Christ is both God and man; that is the wonder of the Incarnation! He is the Son of God, fully divine and fully human. And God exalts Him after His humiliation and death to the highest place. Why does God do this? So that one day every knee, in heaven and on earth, will bow their knee to Christ, confessing that He is Lord!

Philippians 2:12–18 Therefore, says Paul, “work out” your salvation, knowing it is God who is at work in you; and seek to live blamelessly as you share this truth with others. Don’t complain or argue but instead give yourself to humble service so your life will adorn the same gospel you share. This is how you might be a light to those living in darkness as you “hold out the word of life.”

Philippians 2:19–30 Paul planned to send Timothy and Epaphroditus back to the Philippians. Paul then praised them for their faithful labor and encouraged the Philippians to honor men like Epaphroditus, their messenger sent to bring Paul a gift and take care of him. He was a servant who faithfully completed his task, even to the point of risking his life. Epaphroditus was Christlike in his service, and Paul honored him for that.

Timothy and Ephaphroditus were both faithful men who, like Paul and Christ, looked “to the interests of others.” Paul said Timothy “takes a genuine interest in your welfare.”

What’s this mean? Godly people take a genuine interest in others’ spiritual welfare, a trait well-worth imitating. Later in Philippians, we see that Paul will tell the church to join with others in following his example (3:17) and to put into practice whatever they’ve learned from him (4:9).


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Daily Verse for Meditation

Philippians 2:3-4

3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.

Reflect & Change
  1. Reflect on Paul’s example of encouraging and honoring others. Who do you know who takes a genuine and specific interest in the welfare of others?
  2. Paul made the point that if Jesus, the divine Son of God, was willing to live selflessly to serve sinful man, even by dying for them, how much more should we be willing to live for others rather ourselves? This should result in our own freely-given service to God.
  3. Becoming like Christ doesn’t depend only on us because God remains constantly at work in us. Just as Paul encouraged believers to work out their salvation while they trusted in God’s sovereignty to carry all things to completion, we should do the same.
Go & Do
  • Plan specific ways you can put the interests of someone else ahead of your own this week. Report it to your small group.
  • Study a Scripture passage that teaches the deity of Christ. Where would you go in the New Testament to show someone that Jesus is the divine Son of God?
Discipleship Activities
  • Read this article on Conversation Turners. Plan several things you can say about ordinary topics that might easily turn toward spiritual matters. Discuss with a partner and practice this week. [Making Disciples]