Philippians 2

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Philippians 2:1-4

IN CHRIST

 

IN CHRIST

Philippians 2:1-4

 

Does who we are matter?  Why?

Does who we are in Christ matter? Why

Philippians 2:1-4 shows us who we and what we should be in Christ.

UNIQUE IN CHRIST – Vs. 1

 

·       Consolation (Encouragement) in Christ

·       Comfort of Love

·       Fellowship of the Spirit

·       Bowels (“Tender mercies”) and Mercies (Compassions)

UNITED IN CHRIST – Vs. 2

 

·       Likeminded

·       Same love

·       One Accord

·       One Mind

UNPRETENTIOUS IN CHRIST – Vs. 3

 

·       No strife (“selfishness”)

·       No vainglory – (“empty conceit”)

·       Lowliness of mind

·       Esteem other better than themselves

UNSELFISH IN CHRIST – Vs. 4

 

·       Look not on own things

·       Look on things of others

 

 

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Philippians 2:1-4

UNITED WE STAND

 

THE ATTRIBUTES THAT UNITE

Vs. 1 - If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,

 

THE ATTITUDES THAT UNITE

Vss. 2-3 - Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. [3] Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.

 

THE ACTION THAT UNITES

Vs. 4 - Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.

 

 

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Philippians 2:1-4

IN COMMON

 

When I meet new people, it is not unusual for us to find things which we hold in common. Sometimes we will know the same person, or be from the same area, or root for the same team, or have the same hobby.  Whatever we have "in common" draws us together, and friendship usually gets off to a good start.

 

In our text Paul is making an appeal for unity among the Philippians.

It is evident from this appeal, and the appeal in Philippians 4:2-3 that there was some disunity in that church.

 

Paul shows the Philippians and us some things which we should hold "in common" with other believers.  As we all practice holding these things "in common" with other believers, we will have unity.

 

COMMON COMPONENTS Vs. 1

The word "if" means "since". Since these four parts or components These components are: consolation in Christ, comfort of love, fellowship of the Spirit, bowels and mercies.  Because these components are true for all believers, we should be unified.

 

COMMON CAUSE Vs. 2

Our cause should be to be like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, and of one mind.

 

COMMON CONDUCT Vs. 3

There should be no strife (party spirit), or vainglory (pride).

Each should consider the other better than himself (If we reflect on what we were like before salvation and how human we are now, considering others better than ourselves shouldn't be hard!).

 

COMMON CONCERN Vs. 4

We should all be interested in the concerns of other Christians, as well as our own concerns.

 

 

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Philippians 2:1-4

UNITY

 

REASONS FOR UNITY - Vs. 1

REQUEST FOR UNITY - Vs. 2

REQUIREMENTS FOR UNITY - Vss. 3-4

 

 

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THE EASTER MESSAGE

Philippians 2:5-11

 

THE HUMILITY OF THE SON OF GOD Vss. 5-8a

THE HUMILIATION OF THE SON OF GOD Vs. 8b

THE HONOR OF THE SON OF GOD Vss. 9-11

 

 

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Philippians 2:5-11

THE MIND OF CHRIST

 

As Christians we are told to have "the mind of Christ". Such a mind or attitude is seen in the following verses. Consider:

 

HIS STANDING - Vs. 6

He is God!

 

HIS SERVANTHOOD - Vs. 7

 

HIS SACRIFICE - Vs. 8

 

HIS SOVEREIGNTY - Vss. 9-11

 

 

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Philippians 2:5-11

A GOOD ATTITUDE

 

Begin your message with some examples of those who had good attitudes.  Then, remind people that the person with the best attitude was the Son of God. Paul admonishes us all to have the "mind" or attitude of Christ in Philippians 2:5-11. A good attitude involves:

 

SURRENDER Vss. 6-7a

Our Lord surrendered his rights in order to save us.

He left the glory of heaven (2 Corinthians 8:9).

He voluntarily limited the use of his Godly attributes.

 

SERVICE Vs. 7b

He took on the form of a servant.  He came to earth to serve God, and us, by dying for our sins.

 

SUBMISSION Vs. 8

"...he humbled himself..."

 

SACRIFICE Vs. 8

"...and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross."

 

SATISFACTION Vss 9-11

As a result of Jesus' actions on earth, God has highly exalted Him, and will continue to exalt Him.  As we have the same mind as Christ, there will be rewards for us when we appear before Him in judgment. See 1 Corinthians 4:5 and 2 Corinthians 5:10.

 

 

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Philippians 2:12-16

THE WORKOUT        

 

Many people in America “workout”.  They have a routine that might include walking, running, aerobics, swimming or going to the gymnasium.  Christians are also called to do some working out in our text.

 

THE PRINCIPLE OF WORKING OUT – Vs. 12

 

THE POWER FOR WORKING OUT – Vs. 13

 

THE PURITY OF WORKING OUT – Vs. 14-15

 

THE PRODUCTIVITY OF WORKING OUT – Vs. 16

 

 

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Philippians 2:12-15

AN INFLUENTIAL LIFE

 

We, as Christians, should desire the joy of being a good influence in the lives of others. We should want others to benefit from having known us, by seeing in us a good example. We should want others to benefit from having known us because we have acted and spoken as a "sweet fragrance" of Christ.

 

     Why should we want to be a good influence for Christ?  When we influence those who are saved, we are influencing God's children. God will hold us accountable for how we influence them. When we influence those who are not saved, we are either drawing them closer to Christ with a good influence, or driving them away with a poor influence.

 

In our text we want to see how to have a life which is a positive influence on the saved and unsaved alike. According our text, we can have an influential life through:

 

EXERCISE Vss. 12-13

Notice, first of all, that salvation is a personal thing.

It is "your own salvation".

Just because you parents were or are Christians doesn't mean that you are a Christian.  Living in a Christian home doesn't make you a Christian any more than living in a garage would make you a car. Ephesians 2:8-9

 

As Christians, we are told in Philippians 2:12 to "work out" our own salvation.

It does not say to "work for" but to "work out".

 

It might help if we remember that salvation is in 3 tenses.

 

The past tense of  salvation - Justification - Being declared righteous before God based on faith in Christ.  Freedom from the penalty of sin.

 

The Present Tense of salvation - Sanctification - I am saved in the past, but in the present I'm in the process of salvation.  To be sanctified is to be "set apart".

I'm being "set apart" for God, and living a Christian life style which is pleasing to Him.  This is freedom from the power of sin.

 

The future tense of salvation - Glorification - One day I will see Jesus face to face.  I will be like Him. I will be in Heaven.  This will mean freedom from the presence of sin.

 

When God tells us to work out our salvation here, it means 'to carry out to the goal, to carry to its ultimate a conclusion.  When we work out a math problem, we see it through until we have the right answer.  When you work your garden, you see the garden through until the harvest is all in.  When you work a mine, you see the work through until that can be removed from that mine safely has been removed.

 

For us as Christians, our goal should be to work out our salvation, see it through, so we are as much like Christ as possible.  We are to continue to develop our Christian lives so we become "mature in Christ." Ephesians 4:14-15

 

Now how can we possibly learn to live such a Godly life?

We are sinners by nature.

We fail naturally.

 

Vs. 13 - The moment you were saved, God the Holy Spirit came to live inside of you.

The moment you were saved, God began a "good work" in you.

God is at work in you, and as you allow Him to work in your life, He will produce the Godliness that He wants. 

 

You have all the resources, all the power you need to live the Christian life!

 

George Washington Carver was  a Godly scientist.

Carver was an expert at getting other products out of products which already exist.

He made paint out of clay.

He made marble out of wood shavings.

He made starch paste, vinegar, ink, shoe polish, molasses and caramels out of sweet potatoes.

He made butter, oil, cheese, dye, face powder, breakfast food, printer's ink, pickles, instant coffee, axle grease and 276 other things out of peanuts.

 

All these products were in the sweet potato or the peanut.

They were there.

Carver got them out!

 

All the Godliness that you need is available to you because of the power of God in your life.  You need to exercise. You need to get them out! 

If you are going to be a good influence to others, you need to work out your salvation, you need to exercise.

 

EXTRACTIONS Vs. 14

When we extract something, we pull it out, using effort.

A dentist extracts a tooth.

A rescue team extracts a person from a wrecked car.

 

There are two things mentioned here for the Christian to extract from his or her life.  When we have these two things active in our lives, we will be a negative influence.  When we have extracted these two things, we will be a positive influence.

 

Notice there's an important little word here. The word is "all".

We are to remove all murmurings and disputings.

One who murmurs is a grumbler or complainer.

One who disputes is questioning, doubting, or disputing. We often dispute with each other, but ever worse, we dispute with God!

 

When a surgeon extracts a tumor, he wants to get it all.

When a Christian extracts a negative quality from his life, he wants to get it "all."

 

EXCELLENCE Vs. 15A

"That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation..."

 

When I do not grumble and argue I am showing excellence in my Christian life. I am showing myself to be a child of God.

 

The word blameless means "above reproach".

In other words, there is nothing that a person can legitimately point a finger at in my life, and say, "Aha, he calls himself a Christian, and look at what he said, of look at what he did."

 

Each of us needs to examine our lives for things which God needs to fix, so that we will be beyond reproach.

 

It might mean a paying a debt that's never been paid.

It might mean making an apology that's never been made.

It might mean forsaking a bad habit.

It might mean reconciling with a loved one.

It might mean working on a bad temper, a critical spirit or a bad attitude.

 

Does being blameless mean we are sinless?

No.

But it does mean that when I sin, I deal with it, seeking forgiveness from God and man.

 

"Harmless" - means "unmixed". It was used for wine that had not been diluted or metal that was not in any way weakened. This word means "pure".

 

We are to be pure of anything that is not pleasing to God in our lives. When we are pure, we are not serving two masters. We only have one master - The Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Notice that Vs. 15 says that we are to be without rebuke. This actually means without blemish. When a sacrifice was offered in the Old Testament, it was not to have any defect, or flaw. It was to be without blemish.

 

Oh that it might we said of us what was said of the Prophet Daniel. Daniel 6:4-5

May we be like Daniel!

Why do we need to be without rebuke or blemish?

The world needs to see excellence, if it is going to believe our message. The Christian is to stand out as different "in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation". The word nation means generation.

 

Notice that God did not save you and remove you from this evil world.

God saved you, and expects you to influence this evil world.

We do not influence by doing what the world does, but by living lives that are distinctly Christian.

 

The generation in which we live is not straight. It's crooked.

The generation in which we live is perverse, that is, depraved.

 

EXPOSURE Vs. 15B

"...among whom ye shine as lights in the world;"

 

Is there something better than the crookedness and perverseness of this generation?

Is there forgiveness for the crookedness and perverseness of this generation?

The answer, of course, is "yes", and it is found in Jesus Christ.

The Christian has a new life, a forgiven life, a hopeful life.

 

As light exposes, the Christian is to expose his new life to the world.

 

We are to shine out as different.

We are to shine out has having answers.

We are to shine out as those who have hope and can share hope. Matthew 5:14-15

 

EXPLANATION Vs. 15

 

"...holding forth the word of life"

 

To be a good influence, I should not only "shine" as a light.

But I must be ready also to share verbally my testimony for Jesus Christ.

I must be ready to explain the simple Gospel of Jesus Christ.

 

How can I hold forth the "word of life" to others?

 

Distribute tracts.

Look for opportunities to share. Ask God to provide them.

Bring others to church.  Concert tonight.

Be ready to answer the question, "What makes you different". 1 Peter 3:15

 

 

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Philippians 2:12-16

AN INFLUENTIAL LIFE

 

Everyone of us has been influenced by our family and friends either for good or bad.  I see some of the same good qualities in my parents alive and well in me.  I see some of the bad qualities of my parents alive and well in me.

 

We should want to be a positive influence for our Lord Jesus Christ through our words and deeds. In our text Paul shows us how to be a positive influence to both saved and unsaved people.

 

EXERCISE - work out your own salvation - Vss. 12-13

Notice that Paul does not say "work for" but "work out". It carries the idea of seeing something through to its conclusion.  Paul is talking about practical, holy, living.

 

EXTRACTION -- no murmurings of disputings - Vs. 14

 

EXCELLENCE - blameless, harmless, without rebuke - Vs. 15

 

EXPOSURE - shinning as lights in this world - Vs. 15

 

EXPLANATION - holding forth the word of life - Vs. 16

 

 

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Philippians 2:19-22

MODEL SERVANT

 

One of Paul's key helpers in ministry was Timothy.

As Paul explains that Timothy is coming to visit the Philippians (Vs, 19), he also shows us three qualities of a model servant of the Lord Jesus:

 

1. TIMOTHY'S CONCERN - "For I have no man likeminded, who will naturally care for your state."

 

2. TIMOTHY'S COMMITMENT - "For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ's."

 

3. TIMOTHY'S CONDUCT - "But ye know the proof of him, that as a son with the father, he hath served with me in the gospel."

 

 

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Philippians 2:19-23

MAN ON A MISSION

 

Paul was planning to send Timothy to visit the Philippians.

 

TIMOTHY WOULD COME KNOW THEIR STATE - Vs. 19

 

TIMOTHY WOULD CARE (NATURALLY) THEIR SOULS - Vss. 20-21

 

TIMOTHY HAD CONDUCTED HIMSELF AS A FAITHFUL SERVANT - Vss. 22-23

 

 

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Philippians 2:25-30

RETURNING HERO

 

Modern American society does not choose its heroes well.  Many of the people that have been seen as heroes, especially in the area of sports, have not been good role models.

The Bible, however, shows us some true heroes of the Faith, including a little know Christian named Epaphroditus.  Epaphroditus had been sent by the Philippians to bring Paul a financial gift, and evidently to stay with Paul as an assistant.  Paul unselfishly thought it necessary to return Epaphroditus back to his home church.  In this passage we see Epaphroditus as:

 

WORKING WITH PAUL - Vs. 25

Epaphroditus showed himself to be a valuable brother and worker in Christ.

 

WEAKENED BY SICKNESS - Vss. 26-28

He was so sick that he almost died.

 

WORTHY OF HONOR - Vss. 29-30

He was to be held in esteem because of his unselfish behavior.

 

 

 

 

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