Philippians Chapter 2 Discussion



 
  • T. Levis - in Reply on Philippians 2
    You asked "how" to find Philippians 4:13, it should link you to this verse on the website. Also on the site top it has tabs for KJV version & 1611, if you click either, you can search Books, either in Table of Contents page, or by name, in search bar on right under header/heading on page.

    If you're asking how to find how, [To do all things through CHRIST who strengthens me.]

    1st, please read the verses prior in Philippians 1, note Philippians 1:6,9,10,11, &

    2nd, Philippians 4:4 "Rejoice in the LORD always, again I say rejoice." meaning we can "rejoice" cheer up, (hail) enthusiasticly acknowledge The LORD's accomplishments. Knowing His Power, Truth, Love & compassion & purposes for us. If we Believe & have Faith in HIM & The WORD. For HE has a will & purpose for us all, Philippians 2:13, Philippians 3:21,

    Philippians 4:6,7,8,9 are all actions we are to take. Philippians 1:11, Philippians 2:4,14,15, Philippians 3:13,14,

    3rd Paul in bonds in Rome it appears, Philippians 1:12,13,14, Philippians 4:23,24, & in context of what he's saying in Chptr 4, verse 13. He says "I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound, every where and in all things. ...." in Philippians 4:11,12,13,

    Note Philippians 1:19,20,21,23,24,

    He's speaking I believe; the ability to endure even the worst of circumstances. Paul being an example of this: Philippians 1:29, following Jesus' example: Philippians 2:5-8, Philippians 3:8,10,

    Hopefully these are helpful to endure any & every thing you have to face
  • ELB - in Reply on Philippians 2
    Wendy, you find it by finding what TRUTH is.

    Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

    Wendy, you are a new creation in Christ.

    Christ came as sinful flesh (you were that sinful flesh) and DIED, Wendy, you, sinful flesh died on that cross, and as you died with Christ, you also arose with Christ, a new creation.

    Colossians 1:27 ....that mystery....Christ in you ....

    Philippians 2:13 For it is God (Spirit)(Christ in you) that WORKETH (Spirit)(Christ, not you, you died) in you both TO WILL and TO DO his good pleasure.

    Ezekiel 36:27 And I (Christ) will put my spirit within you, and CAUSE YOU to walk in my statues, and ye shall keep my judgements, and DO THEM.

    And truth shall set you free.

    Philippians 4:13 I (Wendy, the new creation) can do all things THROUGH Christ which strengeneth me.

    1 Corinthians 1:18 For the preaching of the (works of) the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us that are saved it (the workings of the cross) is the POWER OF GOD.

    GBU
  • Wendy on Philippians 2
    How do I find philippians 4:13 ?
  • Carleton on Philippians 2
    I think I may have once already left this dream that my Atheist step-father whom loved and taught me some good life long lessons. He was humble enough to tell me this dream long after I became a Christian. He dreamt that he died and was carried to a dark place where he was completely alone but fully conscious of his own existence and that this existence in this state was not to end. He was very concerned of it's meaning. Sorry for the possible repeat.
  • Ron - in Reply on Philippians 2
    Hi Rawlie, I have visited many different denominations and my opinion is denominations divide the body of Christ. It turns the believers into belonging to a named religion, they hold the name of their denomination in pride saying I am a______, or I am a______, not I am a believer in Jesus Christ. We make it like colors, I like red, you like green, and she likes blue, who's right where is truth? The truth turns into an opinion or preference not what is true. I know there are Councils of Churches working to bring unity in Christianity. The churches when the scriptures were written had names of the cities, they were not named by the different beliefs they had. The one verse in the chapter you referred, I feel people did not observe so they created each different denomination.

    Philippians 2:14 Do all things without murmurings and disputings:

    I do not know any scripture for ecumenism.

    God bless, Ron
  • Lance - in Reply on Philippians 2
    Marijuana is not mentioned to my knowledge. Neither is snorting cocaine. Nevertheless, I don't think it's ok. For one, we are to be part of the body of Jesus and He certainly doesn't approve of living life being high. ( James 4:17) If you know to do good and don't, it's sin to you.
  • Jesse - in Reply on Philippians 2
    Rawlie,

    The ecumenical movement has been around for a long time now. This movement talks about unity among believers which sounds great, but if the goal is to bring all denominations and religions together as one, then that is something we must be cautious about.

    Ephesians 4:3 says, "Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace."

    This tells us to keep the unity. We're already united in Christ. We don't have to make the unity. We're already united. We have to keep the unity. Satan is trying to divide the unity. And even if he succeeds in the human to get us to quarrel and have our differences or whatever, we still have unity in the Spirit. We're still one in Christ.

    The theme of Philippians is about fellowship, and what it takes for a believer to have fellowship with other believers. That's the problem that Paul dealt with a lot. We are to tolerate one another in the love of Christ. We are to make it a top priority to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

    But to bring all denominations together as one is a bad idea because it will cause problems. In 1 Corinthians 11:19, it says that there must be heresies among us and that division is necessary. The word heresy comes from the root word that means choice. That's what heresy is. It's when I choose to believe that the bible is teaching something that's not in the bible.

    Most of the church today is made up of heresies and that's what divides one church from another church. It's why we have so many different denominations. We go over the same scriptures, and one side says "We believe that it says this," and another side will say "Well, we believe it means this!"

    It says for it is necessary for there to be heresies. It's interesting that Paul didn't say "There shouldn't be any heresies." There have to be heresies in the church. Why? So that they which are approved may be made manifest among you. Did you know that God ordains division?
  • S Spencer - in Reply on Philippians 2
    JEANETTE.

    Drug use hinders us from being spiritually led, which can be dangerous to us whether Christian or not, How can you even hear the gospel that saves without the Holyspirit, Drug use distorts something on the inside the vessel that should be totally given over to the Lord.

    Ephesians 5:14-19. Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.

    See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,

    Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

    Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

    And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be ""FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT;""

    Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;

    "Be not drunken with wine" The Emphasis is drunken, , "INFLUENCED by the wine is the danger here". But be filled with the spirit. INFLUENCED by the spirit is the blessing here!! they're contuary one to another. The focus is not on just wine, anything that hinders the work of the spirit.

    It's not just what you will do while under fleshly influence, but what you want do what you want hear or anything the Holyspirit urges you to do.
  • S Spencer - in Reply on Philippians 2
    Hi Jeanette.

    Pharmakeia (from where we get the word Pharmacy), from Textus Receptus Greek text, meaning ‘drug use/drug dealing’ of which it and derivatives translated into the English as sorcery or witchcraft. Rev 9:21; Rev 18:23; Rev 22:15; Gal 5:20.

    Examples in OT which would be ‘Ksp’ (Hebrew root of the word) are: Ex 7:11; Isa 47:9; Deut 18:10; II Kings 9:22, etc… many passages containing this root word referring to various usage for drugs be it dealing/trafficking or usage for any means.

    Of course this does not apply to all drugs, such as aspirin for example, but more specifically what we distinguish as illegal recreational drugs, though not based upon what governments call legal or illegal, for some legalize them but they are still of objection by scripture. Generally such drugs are specifically used for altering consciousness into specific state of mind, to seemingly make one more aware or perceptive of the spiritual realm by general practice, but for a host of reasons they are used and thus still categorized as a means to enter a specific state of mind be it for recreational or ritualistic usage.

    Common usage over the eons have been for ritual use in that Pagan/Occult practices may be performed. These are used to open up the user to a conscious state of awareness to spiritual influences. This observably not being the effect of alcohol usage which puts the user into a state of ‘fleshly awareness‘ (or unawareness), but more specifically a spiritual awareness conductive of their affects.

    There has been medical usage associated with cannabis, but the correct usage is by way of an extraction process which removes the ’high’ effect that causes the altered state of mind. I consider this beneficial, being processed into pill form with the ‘high‘ effects removed, but using (e.g. smoking or eating) it in a way that causes the altered state would be considered the same that the scriptures warns against
  • Rawlie on Philippians 2
    What does the Bible say about ecumenism
  • Jeanette on Philippians 2
    what does the bible say about smoking marijuna? Is this considered a sin?
  • Nathaniel smith on Philippians 2
    dont get me wrong however I do feel that if you are to truly fear somone it should be God in every shape and form, it has always been used with the same emotions present. there will always be fear and trembling before God. especially the father. however within this scripture it tells us there is no reason to fear thus giving this a different meaning as he cares for us even tho of his power and his able wrath. the phrase "fear and trembling" has been used many times in the past. truly by all rights he should be the only thing you ever fear in a round about way and should be cautious for all reasons.... for me however I've never had a fear of him other than hurting him or failing him. the pain it makes me personally feel after the fact in my heart and soul hurts more than I could care to compare to anything else. my fear is not what should compell me towards God when he says fear is the opposite of faith....he really means it. you either fear him or have total faith in him basically. if your going to have faith and pray; why worry or fear for any other reason than love for him in which he made you for? fear came upon adam and eve when they ate of sin. the point here is every type of fear you have should be for God. but in this case you have no reason to fear as it would only get in the way, unless it be for our reason for being in the first place. you fear killing that love for him. that in the end is all that should remain. honestly fear should come second to love and faith in him. but if there is any reason to truly fear....it is of God in some shape or form.
  • Nathaniel smith on Philippians 2
    honestly I feel like a message is being missed here by many, so I felt I should shed light upon it. "work out your *own* salvation with fear and trembling" in one way he is saying to focus on yourself exclusively based on your own requirements of what he would expect from us when he is not present. by this time we know morally what we need to do, however he also notes while he is there as well to do the same thing..... this let's me know that his expectations for me may not be the same for *me* as he had for others.... in fact there are many examples of this throughout the bible. one of which being the nazarians. God required of them not to drink of wine, yet the jews were allowed to drink of wine. he also required some never to marry yet would allow others too and to top it off require them to marry the local whore in order to warn the people of a coming catastrophe. he required noah to build a boat and survive a flood and he has never asked me to build a boat. all fine examples of this. further the word for fear I can assure you is not the fear many would think this statement means... I'm sure if you looked up the word for fear when he spoke of in the negative light and the one used in this scripture; you would notice they use different hebrew translations or meaning. I honestly have never really had fear of God. my biggest fear of god is that I will break his heart. how is fear in this sentence being used? to tremble however that is a sighn of anxiousness in deep thought or caution with importance. note tho that there are many expressed fears of God in the bible and its entirety that I could tell. there was fear of punishment, fear of him, a reverent fear of respect, and a fear of failing him. fear of trust in God. it explains that fear is the opposite of faith so this needs to be examined with a fine tooth comb to find all the meaning this scripture could be expressing. for me the meaning is caution, handled with great care to match the value of my love for him.
  • John arnette on Philippians 2:5
    2 cor. 10:4,5 cast down every thought that is contrary to GODS word! It's a lie! John 8 :44 devil liar and father of it.
  • Chris - in Reply on Philippians 2:2
    In this very personal prison epistle by the Apostle Paul, he had much to commend the Philippian Church in their faith. But he knew that his time on Earth was soon to end, yet he always prayed for them with great joy for their fellowship with him & for their Christian life & witness.

    So Paul, in his final instructions encourages them in their walk & that the joy he had because of them, would be fulfilled (i.e. made complete & overflowing) as they make it a point to be of the same mind, of the same Christ-like love, of the same purpose, & of same humility that Christ showed by going to the Cross for them.

    In chapter 4:2, two ladies, Euodias & Syntyche, are specifically mentioned that they be of the same mind in the Lord (or, to be reconciled because of some division), so Paul may have been addressing this matter but also wanted the believers to grow further in Christ by his teaching. Yet Paul already great joy for them, but it would be truly abundant, if the Lord allowed him to visit them on his release, or at least hear about their growth if he was still kept in prison (1:25-27).
  • Ezekiel - in Reply on Philippians 2:2
    Joe Ann, I just came to your question when I was browsing comments. KJV sometimes have two or more verses making up one complete sentence. Here verses 1 and 2 are one sentence. Paul is telling Philippian church people that if they have charity ( 1Cor 13:13) so to speak in verse 1, then they make him happy and he elaborates those characters for them to have, that make him happy in verse 2 like likeminded, same love, one accord, and one mind.

    "Fulfill ye my joy" is emphatic. Normally you would say, Ye fulfill my joy if or that.... Remember Isa 40:1, Comfort ye, comfort ye my people....? Isaiah repeated 'Comfort ye' for emphasis also. The more you read KJV, the more you will love its beautiful language. I heard that Shakespeare was influenced by KJV language. By the way, ye is plural of a single person you. I'm sure you knew about it.
  • Joe Ann on Philippians 2:2
    What does it mean to fulfill his joy can you explain the whole verse
  • SkipVought - in Reply on Philippians 2
    Greetings, Sheila, on The Lord's Day!

    In these times, there seem to be more and more who question the existence of God and even the historicity of Jesus. Most people haven't given much thought to these things and simply parrot slogans they've hears on youtube.

    1 Peter 3:15. Be ready to give an answer for WHAT you believe WHY you believe it. This takes effort, study, time. There are no easy answers. Simply saying that "the Bible says it, I believe it, that settles it!" is not enough. In Acts, Paul REASONS with people.

    Now you and I are not Paul but we can begin to get equipped. This may seem like a daunting task to most people but it is possible. First pray for wisdom and understanding. Study, study, study. 2 Timothy 2:15. Learn to ask questions of the people who make these false assertions. Greg Koukl is a wonderful, godly apologist who wrote a book named Tactics, 10th Anniversary Edition: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions. Another great apologist is Frank Turek who wrote I Don't Have Enough Faith To Be An Atheist.

    The former is a book about how to maneuver in a conversation about Christian beliefs, while the latter book contains apologetic information you might use to defend and give reasons for your convictions.

    There are words that I would stay away from, because most people have been socialized to think of them wrongly. For instance "faith" is often misrepresented as "believing stuff the ain't true." In our society, people believe that there is a difference between faith and actual truth. I use "active trust" or "warranted trust." It's often helpful to use illustrations to clarify these warped views.

    "No God? How do you think this all began?" This might be a question you ask. But they are not open to "In the beginning God created..." You can quote it, but that's not gonna be enough in most cases. Check out the Kalam Cosmological Argument made popular by William Lane Craig.

    There are volumes left unsaid for lack of space and knowledge.
  • Kevin Wolden - in Reply on Philippians 2
    Tell them if they right what reward is there, but if ur right Jesus going to welcome you or them into heaven.
  • Sheila cooper on Philippians 2
    what do you tell a person who doesn't believe in God. that say there is no Jesus .
  • Patrick on Philippians 2:10
    Am really encourage by the verse
  • Ricky D Mentzer - in Reply on Philippians 2
    Since scripture can't contradict itself and as originally Given doesn't. God's Word says God is light and in Him is no darkness at all therefore the true God did not create the devil he became evil when walking away from God who is Light. Now that being said in the old testament because of the written law many things that occurred supernatural was written down that God did it when in reality God being as we know all mighty allowed the enemy to work to accomplish what he eventually had planned, to me that's the incredible wisdom and power of God. When man decides to disobey or disbelieve God's word God cannot do anything because he does not manipulate or play with freedom of will. On the other hand you give God an inch he'll hand you a mile if the inch is according to it is written. There are only two spiritual powers were dealing with The God and Father of Jesus Christ or the adversary of all mankind the devil. Something to think about the term devil to the best of my knowledge was not used until the new testament theirs a reason for everything God wrote when where how why and to whom, and it's important to understand that also there is eastern thought in God's word that if it's not understood doesn't make any sense to the western mind I believe you and I are mostly on the same page bro.
  • Fred Scanlan - in Reply on Philippians 2
    I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.
  • Fred Scanlan - in Reply on Philippians 2
    The anti==Christ has made himself into an image of Light! He wishes to control all things, but if you watch closely, you will see that God is the one who has the final say in all things! Christ has determined what can live in the heart of Man. The Anti -Christ wishes He could take the heart and soul of a man! As long as the spirit of Christ lives, the anti Christ days are already determined! He shall never succeed! Christ is KING! watch AND pray!
  • Ricky D Mentzer - in Reply on Philippians 2
    Fred Adam and eve were not innocent they both believed and acted on the serpent lie. and spiritually lost their connection with God also all the authority that Adam had was handed over to Satan Read luke 4:5-7 it's says it was handed to him that's how cataclysmic the fall of Genisis was which is why The Devil is called God of this world. God by his only begotten son not only delivered us from the power of darkness but also spiritually now we are in the body of Christ i.e. Saints eventually to be going to our Father who delivered us in perfect bodies for all eternity.
  • Rick Mentzer - in Reply on Philippians 2
    Hey Rod its Rick thanks didn't want to get into all that guess I should have for clarification.
  • Steven Spencer on Philippians 2
    Alex, here is John 14:16. The comforter in Hebrew. different name and different definition that 2 Samuel 12:24. Greek:

    Transliteration: parakltos

    Pronunciation: par-ak'-lay-tos

    Definition: An intercessor consoler: - advocate comforter.

    KJV Usage: comforter(4x), advocate(1x).

    Occurs: 5

    In verses: 5
  • Andrew - in Reply on Philippians 2
    Isaiah 14:12

    How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!

    (12) How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning!-The word for Lucifer is, literally, the shining one, the planet Venus, the morning star, the son of the dawn, as the symbol of the Babylonian power, which was so closely identified with astrolatry. "Lucifer" etymologically gives the same meaning, and is used by Latin poets (Tibull. i., 10, 62) for Venus, as an equivalent for the phsphoros of the Greeks. The use of the word, however, in medival Latin as a name of Satan, whose fall was supposed to be shadowed forth in this and the following verse, makes its selection here singularly unfortunate. Few English readers realise the fact that it is the king of Babylon, and not the devil, who is addressed as Lucifer. While this has been the history of the Latin word, its Greek and English equivalents have risen to a higher place, and the "morning star" has become a name of the Christ ( Revelation 22:16).

    Rick,

    Just curious! Where in the Bible does it say that lucifer is Satan? As you mentioned in your latest post.

    Thank you,

    Andrew
  • Rod - in Reply on Philippians 2
    Revelations 12 I believe confirms what Rick is saying, I hope this helps

    Isaiah 14:12 "How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nation

    Revelation Chapter 12:7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,

    8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.

    9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

    10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
  • Rick Mentzer - in Reply on Philippians 2
    Because the word of god said He was before he changed.


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