2 If, then, there is any encouragement in Christ, if any consolation of love,a if any fellowship with the Spirit,b if any affection and mercy,c 2 make my joy complete by thinking the same way,d having the same love,e united in spirit, intent on onef purpose. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambitiong or conceit,h but in humilityi consider others as more importantj than yourselves. 4 Everyone should look not to his own interests,k but rather to the interests of others.l
CHRIST’S HUMILITY AND EXALTATION
5 Adopt the same attitude as that of Christ Jesus,
6 who, existing in the form of God,
did not consider equality with Godm
as something to be exploited.A
7 Instead he emptied himselfn
by assuming the form of a servant,o
taking on the likeness of humanity.p
And when he had come as a man,
8 he humbled himself by becoming obedient
to the point of death—
even to death on a cross.q
9 For this reason God highly exalted himr
and gave him the name
that is above every name,
10 so that at the name of Jesus
every knee will bows—
in heavent and on earth
and under the earthu—
11 and every tonguev will confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the gloryw of God the Father.
12 Therefore, my dear friends,x just as you have always obeyed,y so now, not only in my presence but even more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. 13 For it is God who is working in you both to will and to work according to his good purpose. 14 Do everything without grumblingz and arguing,aa 15 so that you may be blamelessab and pure,ac children of God who are faultlessad in a crookedae and pervertedaf generation,ag among whom you shine like stars in the world, 16 by holding firm to the wordah of life. Then I can boastai in the day of Christaj that I didn’t run or labor for nothing. 17 But even if I am poured outak as a drink offeringal on the sacrificial service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you. 18 In the same way you should also be glad and rejoice with me.
19 Now I hope in the Lord Jesusam to send Timothyan to you soon so that I too may be encouraged by news about you. 20 For I have no one else like-minded who will genuinely care about your interests; 21 all seek their own interests,ao not those of Jesus Christ.ap 22 But you know his proven character, because he has served with me in the gospel ministry like a son with a father. 23 Therefore, I hope to send him as soon as I see how things go with me. 24 I am confident in the Lord that I myself will also come soon.aq
25 But I considered it necessary to send you Epaphroditusar—my brother, coworker, and fellow soldier, as well as your messenger and minister to my needas—26 since he has been longing for all of you and was distressed because you heard that he was sick. 27 Indeed, he was so sick that he nearly died. However, God had mercy on him, and not only on him but also on me, so that I would not have sorrow upon sorrow. 28 For this reason, I am very eager to send him so that you may rejoice again when you see him and I may be less anxious. 29 Therefore, welcome him in the Lord with great joy and hold people like him in honor, 30 because he came close to death for the workat of Christ, risking his life to make up what was lacking in your ministry to me.
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