VERSE OF THE DAY
Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.
Is there any inspirational form from belonging to Christ? Is there any comfort from the love of Christ? Any form of worship together in spirit? Are your hearts desires compassionate and tender about you? Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.God loves you and works upon you he is Love
What Does Philippians 2:1 Mean? ►
Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion,
Throughout his writings the apostle Paul emphasises the importance of Christians living together in spiritual unity and godly harmony. He reminds us that spirituality and godliness is manifested in a life that is emptied of self and is filled with Christ – a life that is walking in spirit and truth and in dependence upon the Father – a life that produces the beautiful fruit of righteousness in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Paul spoke of the mystery which has been hidden from past ages and generations, but now known to us: which is Christ in you the hope of glory, and he laboured unceasingly to maintain the pure message of the gospel of grace.. and to instruct believers in godly living.
He guarded the integrity of the body of Christ with a godly jealousy, so that we might be presented to Christ as a pure virgin.. holy and blameless.. without spot or wrinkle or any such thing.
Paul knew that his joy would be complete if all who had received his instructions, were to live their lives as outlined in so many of his epistles – in spiritual unity and godly harmony. And so Paul calls us all to reflect on what it means to be in the family of God; to know His grace; His affection; His compassion and His love.. and to experience the benefits of the indwelling Holy Spirit – which is God’s gift of grace to all Christians.
IF there is any encouragement in Christ, (and there is) then we are to show it in our lives by living unto the Lord. IF there is any consolation of love in Christ, (and there is) then we are to let it be shown forth in godly living. IF there is any fellowship of the Spirit, (and there is) then we are to walk in spirit and truth; living in dependence upon the Father and bringing forth the fruit of righteousness by His power within. IF any affection and compassion from our Father (and there is) – then we are exhorted to live in spiritual unity and godly harmony with one another.
Paul knew that we could only respond to that little word ‘IF’ in a positive manner.. for ALL believers have found encouragement in Christ, ALL have known the consolation of God’s love; ALL have benefitted from the fellowship of the Spirit, which is in Christ Jesus and ALL have access to God’s grace and mercy.. His affection and love, and the compassion, joy and hope which we share in our heavenly bridegroom.
Paul emphasises the importance of Christians living together in spiritual unity and godly harmony and of the eternal benefits that we derive from our salvation by grace through faith in Christ. Let us die to self and be filled with His love. Let us walk in spirit and truth and in utter dependence upon our heavenly Father and let us live a life that produces the beautiful fruit of righteousness in the power of the Holy Spirit – to His praise and glory..
What does Philippians 2:1 mean?
This verse consists of four main ideas, stemming from the phrase “So if there is…” Verse 2 will explain the expected results of these ideas. Paul’s purpose in using these phrases is to emphasize how natural the conclusion should be. Of course, there is encouragement, comfort, affection, and so forth in the Christian life. If these are obvious, then the results—unity, love, and cooperation—should be just as obvious.
The first phrase speaks of “encouragement in Christ.” The assumption is that the Philippian believers had experienced much encouragement from Jesus. If they’ve experienced encouragement, they should be able to encourage others.
Second, Paul mentions “comfort from love.” This is another way in which the Philippian Christians had been blessed. Paul mentions love throughout this letter (Philippians 1:9, 16; 2:2; 4:1).
The third phrase refers to “participation in the Spirit.” The Holy Spirit had also clearly influenced the Philippians. Paul had mentioned the Spirit in Philippians 1:19 and will again in Philippians 3:3.
The fourth phrase refers to “affection and sympathy.” These believers had clearly experienced both of these qualities. In Philippians 1:8, Paul had already mentioned “I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus.” The word translated “sympathy” is oiktirmoi, which can also be translated “mercy,” or “compassion.” This implies a feeling of relief for the forgiveness of sins, something believers experience at salvation.
Philippians 2:1–5 connects the blessings of Christianity with corresponding results in a Christian’s life. We experience comfort, encouragement, love, and unity as saved believers in Christ. As a result, we ought to express comfort, encouragement, love, and unity to our fellow believers. Here again, Paul emphasizes that how a Christian thinks—how they frame their attitude—is crucial to living a Christian life. This sets up a classic description of Jesus Christ’s sacrifice on our behalf, starting in verse 6.
Paul describes Jesus Christ as one willing to be humble, in obedience to God the Father. For this, God will exalt Jesus’ name above all others. Someday, one way or another, all people will admit that Jesus Christ is Lord, and submit to Him. Paul wants the Philippian believers to live with contentment and unity, without complaining. Instructions are given regarding two visitors. The first is actually the one delivering this letter, Epaphroditus. The other is Timothy, Paul’s trusted friend, who hopefully will be visiting soon