Philippians Chapter 2
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Matthew Henry's Philippians Chapter 2 Bible commentary...
Exhortations to a kind, humble spirit and behaviour. (1-4) The example of Christ. (5-11) Diligence in the affairs of salvation, and to be examples to the world. (12-18) The apostle's purpose of visiting Philippi. (19-30)1-4 Here are further exhortations to Christian duties; to like-mindedness and lowly-mindedness, according to the example of the Lord Jesus. Kindness is the law of Christ's kingdom, the lesson of his school, the livery of his family. Several motives to brotherly love are mentioned. If you expect or experience the benefit of God's compassions to yourselves, be compassionate one to another. It is the joy of ministers to see people like-minded. Christ came to humble us, let there not be among us a spirit of pride. We must be severe upon our own faults, and quick in observing our own defects, but ready to make favourable allowances for others. We must kindly care for others, but not be busy-bodies in other men's matters. Neither inward nor outward peace can be enjoyed, without lowliness of mind.
5-11 The example of our Lord Jesus Christ is set before us. We must resemble him in his life, if we would have the benefit of his death. Notice the two natures of Christ; his Divine nature, and human nature. Who being in the form of God, partaking the Divine nature, as the eternal and only-begotten Son of God, #Joh 1:1|, had not thought it a robbery to be equal with God, and to receive Divine worship from men. His human nature; herein he became like us in all things except sin. Thus low, of his own will, he stooped from the glory he had with the Father before the world was. Christ's two states, of humiliation and exaltation, are noticed. Christ not only took upon him the likeness and fashion, or form of a man, but of one in a low state; not appearing in splendour. His whole life was a life of poverty and suffering. But the lowest step was his dying the death of the cross, the death of a malefactor and a slave; exposed to public hatred and scorn. The exaltation was of Christ's human nature, in union with the Divine. At the name of Jesus, not the mere sound of the word, but the authority of Jesus, all should pay solemn homage. It is to the glory of God the Father, to confess that Jesus Christ is Lord; for it is his will, that all men should honour the Son as they honour the Father, #Joh 5:23|. Here we see such motives to self-denying love as nothing else can supply. Do we thus love and obey the Son of God?
12-18 We must be diligent in the use of all the means which lead to our salvation, persevering therein to the end. With great care, lest, with all our advantages, we should come short. Work out your salvation, for it is God who worketh in you. This encourages us to do our utmost, because our labour shall not be in vain: we must still depend on the grace of God. The working of God's grace in us, is to quicken and engage our endeavours. God's good-will to us, is the cause of his good work in us. Do your duty without murmurings. Do it, and do not find fault with it. Mind your work, and do not quarrel with it. By peaceableness; give no just occasion of offence. The children of God should differ from the sons of men. The more perverse others are, the more careful we should be to keep ourselves blameless and harmless. The doctrine and example of consistent believers will enlighten others, and direct their way to Christ and holiness, even as the light-house warns mariners to avoid rocks, and directs their course into the harbour. Let us try thus to shine. The gospel is the word of life, it makes known to us eternal life through Jesus Christ. Running, denotes earnestness and vigour, continual pressing forward; labouring, denotes constancy, and close application. It is the will of God that believers should be much in rejoicing; and those who are so happy as to have good ministers, have great reason to rejoice with them.
19-30 It is best with us, when our duty becomes natural to us. Naturally, that is, sincerely, and not in pretence only; with a willing heart and upright views. We are apt to prefer our own credit, ease, and safety, before truth, holiness, and duty; but Timothy did not so. Paul desired liberty, not that he might take pleasure, but that he might do good. Epaphroditus was willing to go to the Philippians, that he might be comforted with those who had sorrowed for him when he was sick. It seems, his illness was caused by the work of God. The apostle urges them to love him the more on that account. It is doubly pleasant to have our mercies restored by God, after great danger of their removal; and this should make them more valued. What is given in answer to prayer, should be received with great thankfulness and joy.
One's Philippians Chapter 2 comment on 6/12/2013, 11:41pm...
We must keep it in our minds, that, as followers of Christ; We no longer belong to ourselves, to do, all that we feel like doing.
But now, we must sacrifice our time, money, and most of our wants up to God. ................... It is a serious decision, to say yes to God: This decision is one, that needs to be deeply examined........Our thoughts should be, " Am i really ready to faithfully deny myself, my wants; Like, my luxury's, or my pleasure's, or my wealth, or my place of authority, or my self preservation, my pride, and my plans, to do God's work; for once i say yes to God, now i have to dedicate my time to finding out his will, (Which is reading and studying his word daily) then i have to obey his word at all cost; That his Holy Spirit over take me, and fill me with his nature.
For if we want God, than we must be willing to give up, our mammal instint life, for God's spiritual life.
Matthew's Philippians Chapter 2 comment about verse 5 on 5/28/2013, 1:42pm...
As Jesus was the living breathing "express image of God". So we are the living breathing "express image" of Jesus Christ. Therefore we have the power of the Holy Spirit to have the same mind as Jesus.
R. D. Mattock's Philippians Chapter 2 comment on 3/30/2013, 9:27pm...
Phil 2:9-11 “wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things (beings) in heaven, and things (beings) in earth, and things (beings) under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the father.”
God gave Him a name which is above every name.
At this name every (being) knee shall bow and every tongue confess His Lordship in three worlds heaven-earth-hell.
God seated Him in the highest place in the universe, at His own right hand, and made Him to be head over all things.
There is a name that’s above every name, heaven, earth, and hell realizes what that name means. We must to realize it.
THAT NAME IS JUST AS: WONDERFUL AS HE IS
MIGHTY AS HE IS
POWERFUL AS HE IS
GREAT AS HE IS
Evalea Latham's Philippians Chapter 2 comment about verse 21 on 2/25/2013, 12:22pm...
We must follow Jesus Christ and turn away from those who do not.
HARRY ALLISON's Philippians Chapter 2 comment on 2/09/2013, 6:03am...
I’m still learning and believing the word "trinity" is not written in my anywhere BIBLE, red or black. Deuteronomy 6:4, HE (JESUS) is not limited by space or time.
HARRY ALLISON's Philippians Chapter 2 comment about verse 12 on 2/09/2013, 5:43am...
I confess that I am living by law and fear of rejection. I am asking JESUS for the ability to step into GRACE and LOVE mode.
Mary colleen's Philippians Chapter 2 comment about verse 14 on 1/19/2013, 1:34pm...
I believe it is actually hard to do and cannot be done outside of the help of the Holy Spirit. Of course the wisdom of heaven is always going to stretch the natural mind and kill the flesh.
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