Bible Study on Philippians 2
May 10, 2020 | Online Bible Class | St. John Lutheran Church
Philippians 2:1-11 [NIV]
Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
7 rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
- “If”: A Powerful Implicative Conditional Contention (Philippians 2:1-4)
- being united with Christ
- comfort from his love
- common sharing in the Spirit
- tenderness and compassion
Implications of these Conditions: then make my [Paul’s] joy complete by
- being like-minded,
- having the same love,
- being one in spirit and of one mind.
- Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit.
- Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,
- not looking to your own interests
- but each of you to the interests of the others.
Implications for today’s disciples
- Do you believe in the holy Christian Church; the communion of saints?
- Do you believe in the forgiveness of sins?
- Do you look for the resurrection of the body and the life of the world to come?
- If so, how does that show up in your life?
- The Normative Example of Jesus (Philippians 2:5-11)
Jesus provides not only an example, but a norm for Christian relationships.
- The Foundational Identity of Jesus: in very nature God,
- The Remarkable Humility of Jesus: made himself nothing
- The Powerful example of Jesus: obedient to death – even on a cross
The Encouraging Vindication of Jesus
- Exaltation to the highest place
- The name that is above every name
- Universal acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
The Ultimate Outcome of Jesus’ Work: the glory of God the Father.
Questions for Discussion/Consideration
- What are some common norms for people’s behavior today? How are these norms related to Genesis 2:16-17; 3:6?
- When does a norm become a sin? How do we guard against this on a daily basis?
- Consider this diagram. Notice how it reflects the phrases of Philippians 2 & the Apostle’s Creed. How do you apply this knowledge to your faith? How does it impact your daily life? How should it?
- Reflect on the glory of God in light of Ephesians 1:6. How does God’s grace relate to God’s glory? What do you make of that?