Part 2; Philippians 2, A study of Philippians
…then to make my joy complete by being like minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and one in mind.
This is the first bible journal entry in the front of my bible. It is my favorite because Jesus is represented as a lion, The King. It is a very detailed zentangle bible art journal entry, which I also love. I also included my favorite verse which says,
Be still and know I am God.
This seems like a good way to start the second part of Philippians because we are a work in progress and many times we do need to wait on him. It takes patience to have a finished work and since he will never be finished with us as long as we are human and breath air it seems fitting to share this verse.
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vein conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of others.
It’s easy to find ourselves wanting to impress others in making a situation about ourselves in vein conceit or out of our own selfish ambition. However, this verse warns against that.
In verses 3 and 4 Paul suggests we do things with humility, without being selfish or doing it in vein. Instead of doing something with our own interest in mind we should put value on others with their interest in mind. There is nothing that suggests this is easy but it will be worth it. The gift we receive from being humble and selfless is far greater than what we reap from being vain or by being selfish. Philippians 2:2 says our joy will be complete; complete in being humble.
- Selfish ambition = greed or to desire anything more than it’s needed.
- Vain conceit = pride (false pride), inflated pride in oneself or in appearance, or a desire to be seen by others as more than you see yourself. An extreme desire to “fit in” “conform” or impress others. It takes a secure person (secure in Christ) to stand apart.
- Both selfishness and being vain are fleshly desires that derive from insecurity and not being happy with oneself. Both result from worldly desires or to conform to be like the world.
If we desired the things God wanted, which is to be loved and to love one another we would eliminate out selfish desires replacing these sins with love and a deeper understanding for other persons needs. Once these needs are met we see a pure love that comes from conforming to Him rather than to the desires of the world. We trade in earthly desires (selfish ambition = greed, vain conceit = pride) for eternal desires (to love another person more than ourselves. Phil 2:2) thus making our joy complete.
In your relationship with one another have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to His own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant… He humbled himself…
- Humility = modest, a clear perspective of oneself, to think of others before yourself regardless of circumstances.
- Humility for Jesus was being beat, spat on, humiliated, nailed to a cross for a painful death, and defeated hell and the enemy so we may have an inheritance to the throne here on earth as well as in heaven. (Yes I said an inheritance on earth, in the here and now, another lesson entirely, but worth of a quick note. Jesus defeated greed and pride so we can be free of these and have joy in their place making it possible to love those we find difficult to love, summing up the whole lesson.)
- To walk in humility you must first recognize the authority Christ has given you in your inheritance through his death and resurrection. The enemy has already been defeated. It is finished. Praise God!
- Remember that wisdom is the beginning of understanding our inheritance and knowing how to receive the free gift of joy.
Wisdom… More profitable than silver. More precious than rubies
Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God” …then you will shine among them like stars in the sky.
- There is great power in our words. The bible says the power of life and death is in the tongue. We can build a person up or tear them down with words.
- As you do things in your daily routine do it to the glory of God. Represent him in everything you do and say and you will experience joy with the absence of complaining. Do it with a smile and shine before men.
- Put your Jesus on with a christ-like mindset and experience life in its fullness with an inheritance you were intended to have, one full of joy.