- Paul’s Desire for Humility, Unity, & the Bond of Love Among Them (2:1-4)
- The Example of Christ’s Humility (2:5-11)
- What the Philippians were to do in Paul’s Absence (2:12-16)
- Secondary Examples of Humility, Love and Devotion (2:17-30)
Paul’s Desire for Humility, Unity, & the Bond of Love Among Them (2:1-4)
The Example of Christ’s Humility (2:5-11)
What the Philippians were to do in Paul’s Absence (2:12-16)
Secondary Examples of Humility, Love and Devotion (2:17-30)
Secondary Examples. The supreme example of humility, love, and devotion is Christ Himself (vv.1-8). Yet the Spirit of God saw fit to give us secondary examples as well in this same chapter of Philippians 2. This is helpful because, naturally we might think it was impossible to have the mind of Christ in us, considering that He was the Son of God and we are mere mortals. But Paul had already shown in v.13 that God is the one who gives us the desire and the strength to walk as Christ did. Now we have three examples of men who did follow Christ’s example. The three are Paul the apostle, Timothy his son in the faith, and Epaphroditus who was a brother from Philippi.
The Example of Paul (vv.17-18)
The Example of Timothy (vv.19-24)
The Example of Epaphroditus (vv.25-30)
- Kelly, William. The Epistle of Paul to the Philippians.
- “… It was the joy and triumph of divine grace that He who was God, equally with the Father, when about to become a man, did not carry down the glory and power of the Godhead to confound man before Him, but rather emptied Himself.” – Kelly, William. The Epistle of Paul to the Philippians.
- He looks upon all their faith as an offering to the Saviour and to God; looking at them, Christ’s people, as the substance of the offering, the great thing, himself only as a libation — his life poured out upon the offering. – Darby, J.N. Synopsis of Books of the Bible.