Philippians 2:1-11 (1) Reading the Passage

Have the Mind of Christ – Philippians 2:1-11

2 So then, if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any comfort from his love, if there is any fellowship with his Spirit, if there is any compassion and tenderness, (2) cause me to be filled with joy by living together in harmony,* by sharing the same love, by being united in spirit, by having the same purpose. (3) Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but with a humble mind let each one consider others as occupying a higher position than himself. (4) Let each one be concerned not only about his own interests, but also about the interests of others.

(5) Have this mind in you which was also in Christ Jesus: (6) existing in the form of God, he did not regard his being on an equality with God as a thing to be exploited; (7) on the contrary, he emptied himself by taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men. Being found as a man in appearance, (8) he humbled himself by becoming obedient unto death, even death on the cross. (9) Therefore, God exalted him to the highest position and bestowed upon him the name that is above every name; (10) so that before the name Jesus now possesses every knee should bow—in heaven and on earth and under the earth—(11) and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.

*Literally, “by having the same mind”

Now proceed to the next section of this study, entitled, Exploring the Passage.