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Chapter 2

2:1 If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any participation in the Spirit, if any affection and mercies,

2:2 you make my joy complete, that you be of the same mind, having the same love, being joined in soul and the one plan.

2:3 Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others surpassing ourselves.

2:4 Not considering the self, but even on the others.

2:5 Let this mindset be in us, that one in Christ Jesus:

2:6 Who, being in essence God, not leading the way to seize to be equal with God:

2:7 but He emptied Himself, and accepting the essence of a slave, and came in the resemblance of men:

2:8 and being found in the external appearance as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient until death, even the death of the cross.

2:9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him a name which is above every name:

2:10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;

2:11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

2:12 Therefore, my beloved, as you 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.

2:13 For it is God which operates in you both the willing and the doing of His good pleasure.

2:14 Do all things without complaining and arguing:

2:15 that you may be blameless and pure, the children of God, without reproach, in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you give light as stars in the world;

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.

2:17 Yes, and if I am poured out upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all.

2:18 For the same reason also do you joy and rejoice with me.

2:19 But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you shortly, that I also may be of good comfort, when I know your state.

2:20 For I have no man equal in soul, who will naturally care for your state.

2:21 For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ’s.

2:22 But you know his proven character, that, as a son with the father, he has served with me in the gospel.

2:23 Therefore I hope to send him at once as soon as I see how it will go with me.

2:24 But I trust in the Lord that I also myself will come shortly.

2:25 Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, and companion in labor, and fellow soldier, but your apostle, and he ministered to my need.

2:26 For he longed after you all, and was full of heaviness, because you had heard that he had been sick.

2:27 For indeed he was sick close to death: but God had mercy on him; and not on him only, but also on me, unless I should have sorrow upon sorrow.

2:28 I sent him therefore the more carefully, that, when you see him again, you may rejoice, and that I may be the less sorrowful.

2:29 Receive him therefore in the Lord with all gladness; and hold such in esteem:

2:30 because for the work of Christ he was close to death, not regarding his soul, to supply your lack of service toward me.