If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love,
if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,||
Don't fight, be humble, and look after the needs of
others. Does this mean we can't own slaves?
Does God approve of slavery?
(2:3) "Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves."
(2:4) "Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others."
(2:6) "Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God."
Is Jesus God?
Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of
one accord, of one mind.
Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind
let each esteem other better than themselves.
Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of
Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
Who, being in the form
of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a
servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became
obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is
above every name:||
(2:10-11) Everyone will have to worship Jesus -- whether they want to or not.
(2:10) "At the name of Jesus every knee should bow."
(2:11) "And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord."
(2:12) "Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling."
Is salvation by faith alone?
That at the name of
Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth,
and things under the earth;
And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the
glory of God the Father.
Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence
only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear
For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good
Do all things without murmurings and disputings:
That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in
the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in
(2:15) "That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God."|
How many sons does God have?
Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ,
that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.||
Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I
joy, and rejoice with you all.||
For the same cause also do ye joy, and rejoice with me.||
But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timotheus shortly unto you, that I
also may be of good comfort, when I know your state.||
For I have no man likeminded, who will naturally care for your state.||
For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ's.||
But ye know the proof of him, that, as a son with the father, he hath
served with me in the gospel.||
Him therefore I hope to send presently, so soon as I shall see how it will
go with me.||
But I trust in the Lord that I also myself shall come shortly.||
Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, and
companion in labour, and fellowsoldier, but your messenger, and he that
ministered to my wants.||
For he longed after you all, and was full of heaviness, because that ye
had heard that he had been sick.||
For indeed he was sick nigh unto death: but God had mercy on him; and not
on him only, but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow.||
I sent him therefore the more carefully, that, when ye see him again, ye
may rejoice, and that I may be the less sorrowful.||
Receive him therefore in the Lord with all gladness; and hold such in
Because for the work of Christ he was nigh unto death, not regarding his
life, to supply your lack of service toward me.