Philippians 2:1-2
October 6th, 2019

Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose.

Introduction

Each exhortation, each appeal by Paul in verse 1, is paired with a needed change in the Philippians behavior in verse 2.

Encouragement in Christ/One Mind

If there is any encouragement in Christ. The word parkle’sis in the Greek could also be translated comfort or consolation, or exhortation.

Paul is referring to their ultimate comfort and consolation in Christ. Paul pairs this with Unity of will, moving forward together for the gospel and putting aside the slight because when we put it beside His death on the cross, it’s nothing.

Consolation of love, Maintaining the same love

Ongoing consolation of Christ from within by the Holy Spirit from within should be extended in love toward on another.

Fellowship of the Spirit, United in Spirit

Koinonia, fellowship-relationship; a sharing, close, participatory relationship with the Holy Spirit is extended outward toward other Christians.

Affection and Compassion, Intent on one purpose

It’s God’s love that started our relationship with him “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” All that we do is to be motivated out of love. Without love, our works are useless from God’s perspective.

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a ringing gong or a clanging cymbal.

Joy Complete

Paul had joy in all circumstances, but his joy would only be filled to the brim when the well-being of the Philippians congregation, currently troubled by strife and self-interest is restored.