Philippians 2:1 If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, 2:2 Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.
Paul admonishes the Philippians to be like-minded together in complete unity with God the Father and with Jesus Christ, so that they will all be like-minded with God and with each other. He calls on all of the brotherhood to work together each one esteeming the others above himself. Yes, that means that the elders and leaders should also have the same godly humility and be subject to God, esteeming the brethren.
2:3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind [humility] let each esteem other better than themselves.
Let each one be helpful to others and not be solely focused on himself alone.
2:4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
We are to be of one mind with Christ who was of one mind in complete unity with God the Father.
2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 2:6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
Jesus Christ was a part of the God family and gave up his God-hood to be made flesh and was obedient to God the Father to the very death in the flesh.
2:7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 2:8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Because of his life of obedience and his death in obedience to God the Father, Jesus Christ was resurrected to spirit and exalted over all powers [except the Father himself].
2:9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 2:10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 2:11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Therefore if we follow the example of Christ and are like-minded with him to love and obey God the Father in all things; the Father will also raise us up in a resurrection to eternal life as a spirit, just as he raised up Jesus Christ to become the first of many like-minded brethren.
2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed [God the Father], not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
Each person who has been personally and individually called to God through Christ, called to sincerely repent of sin, and then resolves and commits to sin no more, and has the sacrifice of Christ applied to himself in God’s mercy: Must work out his own salvation by faith in God’s Word with the works of faith, which are Abrahamic and Christ-like obedience to live by every Word of God the Father with passionate dedicated zeal (Mat 4:4).
If we are God’s and have the Holy Spirit of God dwelling in us; then we will be doing the works and will of God the Father.
2:13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
Do not complain that a godly life is hard, and do avoid the sin of departing from a zeal to keep the whole Word of God to try and ease your life. Rather understand that God’s ways are easy and that it is Satan’s temptations and pressures which are designed to bring us back under his yoke, that make God’s ways SEEM hard when they are not.
Remember the murmurings against God by Israel in the wilderness. Physical Israel did not understand and blamed God for their trials and sought to go back into the bondage of Egypt, instead of properly blaming the Adversary for their trials and crying out to God for deliverance.
Today spiritual Israel also tends to blame God for their trials, and instead of seeking deliverance from their Mighty One they seek to alleviate those trials by going their own ways back into the bondage of compromise and sin. Which evil will bring strong correction from the Eternal.
When Satan and his influence are banished and all people are faithfully obeying God, life will be a paradise of peace, harmony and joy!
2:14 Do all things without murmurings and disputings: 2:15 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;
If we are zealous for our Great God to learn and to live by every Word of God in passionate zeal, we shall be a Shining Light of example in a wicked world.
Those organizations who do their best to appear inoffensive and mainstream, seem completely ignorant of the fact that they appear as just another mainstream organization to those who see them.
To please God and to be a light of godly example; we must stand out in godliness, not blend in with the dark ignorance of worldliness.
They, by following the foolishness of their own thoughts and doing the opposite of what God requires, think that they have found a recipe for success when they have really fallen away towards their own destruction
2:16 Holding forth the word of life [we like the Philippians are to follow and stand on God’s Word]; that I may rejoice [when you are resurrected to spirit] in the day of Christ, that I have not run [rejoicing that the Word of God has not been taught in vain, but that the brethren have profited by the admonition to obey God] in vain, neither laboured in vain.
Paul rejoices, as many others have done; in the sacrifices they have made for their love of God and God’s people
2:17 Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all. 2:18 For the same cause also do ye joy, and rejoice with me.
Paul will soon send Timothy who is like-minded with Paul in his love for the Philippians, to give them more news and instruction; and then will report back to Paul wit the news from Philippi.
2:19 But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timotheus shortly unto you, that I also may be of good comfort, when I know your state. 2:20 For I have no man likeminded, who will naturally care for your state.
Paul laments that so many seek only their own advantage and do not seek to live by every Word of God; which is a common sin in the spiritual Ekklesia today.
2:21 For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ’s.
Paul gives his approval of Timothy.
2:22 But ye know the proof of him, that, as a son with the father, he hath served with me in the gospel. 2:23 Him therefore I hope to send presently, so soon as I shall see how it will go with me.
Paul wants to come himself, but will first send those who can come immediately.
2:24 But I trust in the Lord that I also myself shall come shortly.
Epaphroditus was sent to Paul from Philippi to bring gifts to Paul, and after his sickness Epaphroditus was sent back to Philippi to encourage the brethren there.
2:25 Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, and companion in labour, and fellowsoldier, but your messenger, and he that ministered to my wants. 2:26 For he longed after you all, and was full of heaviness, because that ye had heard that he had been sick. 2:27 For indeed he was sick nigh unto death: but God had mercy on him; and not on him only, but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow.
Paul was very careful to include Epaphroditus in his letter of encouragement to Philippi, and mentions to them that Epaphroditus had nearly died for the work of the gospel.
2:28 I sent him therefore the more carefully, that, when ye see him again, ye may rejoice, and that I may be the less sorrowful. 2:29 Receive him therefore in the Lord with all gladness; and hold such in reputation: 2:30 Because for the work of Christ he was nigh unto death, not regarding his life, to supply your lack of service toward me.