by Harley Howard

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Paul's Epistle to the Philippians Chapter 2:1-7 (4 of 16)
Harley Howard

Let this mind be in you, the mind of Christ. Verses 1-11

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,

This chapter is probably the greatest chapter in the bible
on the subject of humility. Paul is going to address this
issue in detail in this chapter, which should end any
discussion on how to be humble, and what or who is the
standard or example by which the believer is to emulate
humility. Humility begins with the right mind of oneself
and of others in the body. Without humility there can be no
unity in any church body, or between any believer(s) as
well. He now gives his wish or desire to the church at
Philippi, beginning in verse 1, which he said would bring
him a joy that is overflowing in verse 2.

CONSOLATION IN (THROUGH) CHRIST: Exhortation, admonition,
encouragement, which comes by way of Christ.

COMFORT OF LOVE: Any loving speech, whether made for the
purpose of persuading, or of arousing or of calming and
consoling one another.

FELLOWSHIP OF THE HOLY SPIRIT: Association, community,
joint participation, which the Holy Spirit produces between
believers within the body.

BOWELS AND MERCIES: The seat of the tender affections, esp.
kindness, benevolence, compassion; hence our heart (tender
mercies, affections, etc.) A heart in which mercy resides.

2 Fulfill ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same
love, [being] of one accord, of one mind.

Make my joy filled to the full. Paul said to them to
literally, "Be the cause of my joy." How? All of what he
requested in verse 1 and following in verse 2 and beyond.
That you be likeminded. What does it mean to be likeminded?
It means, to be of the same mind i.e. agreed together,
cherish the same views to be harmonious. Believers should
be walking this way because we have th ...

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