He exhorteth them to unity, and to all humbleness of mind, by the example of Christ's humility and exaltation:
Philippians 2:1 If [there bee] therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of loue, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels, & mercies; Philippians 2:2 Fulfill ye my ioy, that yee be like minded, hauing the same loue, being of one accord, of one minde. Philippians 2:3 Let nothing bee [done] through strife, or vaine glory, but in lowlinesse of minde let each esteeme other better then themselues. Philippians 2:4 Looke not euery man on his owne things, but euery man also on the things of others. Philippians 2:5 Let this minde bee in you, which was also in Christ Iesus: Philippians 2:6 Who being in the forme of God, thought it not robbery to bee equall with God: Philippians 2:7 But made himselfe of no reputation, and tooke vpon him the forme of a seruant, and was made in the likenesse of men. Philippians 2:8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himselfe, and became obedient vnto death, euen the death of the Crosse. Philippians 2:9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and giuen him a Name which is aboue euery name: Philippians 2:10 That at the Name of Iesus euery knee should bow, of [things] in heauen, and [things] in earth, and [things] vnder the earth: Philippians 2:11 And that euery tongue should confesse, that Iesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
to a careful proceeding in the way of salvation, that they be as lights to the wicked world,
Philippians 2:12 Wherefore, my beloued, as yee haue alwayes obeyed, not as in my presence onely, but now much more in my absence; worke out your owne saluation with feare, and trembling. Philippians 2:13 For it is God which worketh in you, both to will, and to doe, of [his] good pleasure. Philippians 2:14 Doe all things without murmurings, and disputings: Philippians 2:15 That yee may bee blamelesse and harmelesse, the sonnes of God, without rebuke, in the middes of a crooked and peruerse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world:
and comforts to him their apostle, who is now ready to be offered up to God.
Philippians 2:16 Holding foorth the word of life, that I may reioyce in the day of Christ, that I haue not runne in vaine, neither laboured in vaine. Philippians 2:17 Yea, and if I bee offered vpon the sacrifice and seruice of your faith, I ioy, and reioyce with you all. Philippians 2:18 For the same cause also doe ye ioy, and reioyce with me.
He hopeth to send Timothy to them, whom he greatly commendeth,
Philippians 2:19 But I trust in the Lord Iesus, to send Timotheus shortly vnto you, that I also may bee of good comfort, when I know your state. Philippians 2:20 For I haue no man like minded, who will naturally care for your state. Philippians 2:21 For all seeke their owne, not the things which are Iesus Christs. Philippians 2:22 But ye know the proofe of him, That as a sonne with the father, hee hath serued with me, in the Gospel. Philippians 2:23 Him therefore I hope to send presently, so soone as I shall see how it wil goe with me. Philippians 2:24 But I trust in the Lord, that I also my selfe shall come shortly.
as Epaphroditus also, whom he presently sendeth to them.
Philippians 2:25 Yet I supposed it necessary, to send to you Epaphroditus my brother and companion in labour, and fellow souldiour, but your messenger, and hee that ministred to my wants. Philippians 2:26 For hee longed after you all, and was full of heauinesse, because that yee had heard that he had bene sicke. Philippians 2:27 For indeed he was sicke nigh vnto death, but God had mercy on him: and not on him onely, but on mee also, lest I should haue sorow vpon sorow. Philippians 2:28 I sent him therefore the more carefully, that when ye see him againe, ye may reioyce, and that I may bee the lesse sorrowfull. Philippians 2:29 Receiue him therfore in the Lord with all gladnesse, and hold such in reputation: Philippians 2:30 Because for the worke of Christ he was nigh vnto death, not regarding his life, to supply your lacke of seruice toward me.