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 is] therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, Philippians 2:2 Fulfill ye my joy, that ye be like-minded, having the same love, [being] of one accord, of one mind. Philippians 2:3 [Let] nothing [be done] through strife or vain glory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Philippians 2:4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Philippians 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Philippians 2:6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: Philippians 2:7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: Philippians 2:8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient to death, even the death of the cross. Philippians 2:9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: Philippians 2:10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of [things] in heaven, and [things] on earth, and [things] under the earth; Philippians 2:11 And [that] every tongue should confess that Jesus 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 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 and trembling. Philippians 2:13 For it is God who worketh in you both to will and to do of [his] good pleasure. Philippians 2:14 Do all things without murmurings and disputings: Philippians 2:15 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 the world;
and comforts to him their apostle, who is now ready to be offered up to God.
Philippians 2:16 Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither labored in vain. Philippians 2:17 And if I am even offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all. Philippians 2:18 For the same cause also do ye joy, and rejoice with me.
He hopeth to send Timothy to them, whom he greatly commendeth,
Philippians 2:19 But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy shortly to you, that I also may be of good comfort, when I know your state. Philippians 2:20 For I have no man like-minded, who will naturally care for your state. Philippians 2:21 For all seek their own, not the things of Jesus Christ. Philippians 2:22 But ye know the proof of him, that as a son with the father, he hath served with me in the gospel. Philippians 2:23 Him therefore I hope to send presently, so soon as I shall see how it will go with me. Philippians 2:24 But I trust in the Lord that I also myself 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 labor, and fellow-soldier, but your messenger, and he that ministered to my wants. Philippians 2:26 For he longed after you all, and was full of heaviness, because ye had heard that he was sick. Philippians 2:27 For indeed he was sick nigh to death: but God had mercy on him; and not on him only, but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow. Philippians 2:28 I sent him therefore the more speedily, that, when ye see him again, ye may rejoice, and that I may be the less sorrowful. Philippians 2:29 Receive him therefore in the Lord with all gladness; and hold such in reputation: Philippians 2:30 Because for the work of Christ he was nigh to death, not regarding his life, to supply the want of your service towards me.