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Philippians Chapter 2

Philippians 2:1
2:1 If {1} [there be] therefore any consolation in {a} Christ,
    if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if
    any {b} bowels and mercies,

 (1) A most earnest request to remove all those things, by which
     that great and special consent and agreement is commonly
     broken, that is, contention and pride, by which it comes to
     pass that they separate themselves from one another.
     (a) Any Christian comfort.
     (b) If any seeking of inward love.

Philippians 2:2
2:2 Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the {c} same
    love, [being] of one accord, of one mind.

    (c) Equal love.

Philippians 2:5
2:5 {2} Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

 (2) He sets before them a most perfect example of all modesty
     and sweet conduct, Christ Jesus, whom we ought to follow
     with all our might: who abased himself so much for our
     sakes, although he is above all, that he took upon himself
     the form of a servant, that is, our flesh, willingly
     subject to all weaknesses, even to the death of the cross.

Philippians 2:6
2:6 Who, being in the {d} form of God, {e} thought it not
    robbery to be {f} equal with God:

    (d) Such as God himself is, and therefore God, for there is
        no one in all parts equal to God but God himself.
    (e) Christ, that glorious and everlasting God, knew that he
        might rightfully and lawfully not appear in the base
        flesh of man, but remain with majesty fit for God: yet
        he chose rather to debase himself.
    (f) If the Son is equal with the Father, then is there of
        necessity an equality, which Arrius that heretic denies:
        and if the Son is compared to the Father, then is there
        a distinction of persons, which Sabellius that heretic
        denies.

Philippians 2:7
2:7 But made himself of {g} no reputation, and took upon him the
    {h} form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

    (g) He brought himself from all things, as it were to
        nothing.
    (h) By taking our manhood upon him.

Philippians 2:9
2:9 {3} Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given
    him a {i} name which is above every name:

 (3) He shows the most glorious even of Christ's submission, to
     teach us that modesty is the true way to true praise and
     glory.
     (i) Dignity and high distinction, and that which
         accompanies it.

Philippians 2:10
2:10 That at the name of Jesus {k} every knee should bow, of
     [things] in heaven, and [things] in earth, and [things]
     under the earth;

     (k) All creatures will at length be subject to Christ.

Philippians 2:11
2:11 And [that] {l} every tongue should confess that Jesus
     Christ [is] Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

     (l) Every nation.

Philippians 2:12
2:12 {4} Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as
     in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, {m}
     work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

 (4) The conclusion: we must go on to salvation with humility
     and submission by the way of our vocation.
     (m) He is said to make an end of his salvation who runs in
         the race of righteousness.

Philippians 2:13
2:13 {5} For it is God which worketh in you both {n} to will and
     to do of [his] good pleasure.

 (5) A most sure and grounded argument against pride, because we
     have nothing in us praiseworthy, but it comes from the free
     gift of God, and is outside of us, for we do not have
     ability or power, so much as to will well (much less to do
     well), except only by the free mercy of God.
     (n) The reason why we are not statues; and yet we do not
         will well by nature, but only because God has made of
         our wicked will a good will.

Philippians 2:14
2:14 {6} Do all things without murmurings and disputings:

 (6) He describes modesty by the contrary effects of pride,
     teaching us that it is far both from all malicious and
     secret or inward hatred, and also from open contentions and
     brawlings.

Philippians 2:15
2:15 {7} That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God,
     without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse
     nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;

 (7) To be short, he requires a life without fault, and pure, so
     that being enlightened with the word of God, they may shine
     in the darkness of this world.

Philippians 2:16
2:16 Holding forth the {o} word of life; {8} that I may rejoice
     in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither
     laboured in vain.

     (o) The Gospel is called the word of life, because of the
         effects which it produces.
 (8) Again he urges them forward, setting before them his true
     apostolic care that he had for them: in addition comforting
     them to the end that they should not be sorry for the
     greatness of his afflictions, no, not even if he should die
     to make perfect their sacrifice with his blood, as it were
     with a drink offering.

Philippians 2:17
2:17 Yea, and if I be offered upon the {p} sacrifice and service
     of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all.

     (p) As if he said, I brought you Philippians to Christ, and
         my desire is that you present yourselves a living
         sacrifice to him, and then it will not grieve me to be
         offered up as a drink offering, to accomplish this your
         spiritual offering.

Philippians 2:19
2:19 {9} But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timotheus shortly
     unto you, that I also may be of {q} good comfort, when I
     know your state.

 (9) Moreover, he strengthens and encourages their minds both by
     sending back Epaphroditus to them, whose fidelity towards
     them, and great pains in helping him, he commends: and also
     promising to send Timothy shortly to them, by whose
     presence they will receive great benefit.  And he hopes
     also himself to come shortly to them, if God wills.
     (q) May be confirmed in the joy of my mind.

Philippians 2:21
2:21 For {r} all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus
     Christ's.

     (r) The most part.

Philippians 2:30
2:30 Because for the {s} work of Christ he was nigh unto death,
     not regarding his life, to supply your lack of service
     toward me.

     (s) He calls here the work of Christ the visiting of
         Christ, being poor and in bonds in the person of Paul.



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