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,
Does Christ "consolation" = appeal to you? Do you feel these things from The Holy Spirit?
2 Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.
Paul's joy is complete when everyone that is Christian follows The Word in Truth without divisions. There's no such thing as denominations in True Christianity.
3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
I don't know half of what God has given us to know and I've been studying for a very long time. We can learn together if we have the right mind set for that likeminded love.
4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
Everything shouldn't be about themselves, but what others are in need of.
5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
The love for others, just like the love Christ showed for us.
6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
God came in this flesh to show us The Way while in this flesh. His Way, through His Son. He died for us, giving us The Way eternally = forever. John 10:30 I and My Father are one. John 14:8-10 8 Philip saith unto him, Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us. 9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father? 10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. God came in this flesh to give.
7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
We were told about this 800 years before His death on the cross. Isaiah 53:1-6 1 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed? 2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. 3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. 4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. Everything He has done was so we may have. Do you believe in Christ Jesus Yahshua? Do you follow Him?
9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
Jesus = Ἰησοῦς Iēsoûs, ee-ay-sooce'; of Hebrew origin (H3091); Jesus (i.e. Jehoshua), the name of our Lord and two (three) other Israelites:—Jesus. Yahshua = YHVH's Saviour, Jehovah is salvation, Jesus, the Son of God, the Saviour of mankind, God incarnate.
11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
It is to The glory of God that everyone repents and comes to Christ. Our Father made it so easy for us, why would you not accept Him today and change everything for the better. Why wouldn't you want to be at peace in an evil world. Why would you not want to live forever in peace and love.
12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
Only with the leading of the Holy Spirit will you understand God's Word and through That Truth will you see The Way to your own salvation. That Way is of course through the blood of Christ Jesus, The Word. Paul wants the Philippians, regardless if he's there with them or not, to continue to stay in The Word EVERYDAY and to obey it and hold to the truths it has taught them.
13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
God gives us strength and with that strength, His will to get things done.
14 Do all things without murmurings and disputings:
Christian are can do people of God.
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;
YOU as a believer in Christ are the one that shines that Light of Christ. YOU as a believer walk His path and therefore are to be found worthy.
16 Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.
Holding to eternal life, that on the return of The Lord we are found worthy in all the things we have done, were done for our love of Christ. What's written in The book of life about you?
17 Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all.
Paul feels no matter what the outcome for him is, he was glad to have been at service to them. Remember, he's still in prison and could receive death for his faith in Christ. Yet he is a can do Christian, so he rejoices in them.
18 For the same cause also do ye joy, and rejoice with me.
The Philippians felt the same for Paul. Everyone knew their work wouldn't be in vain. Many would come to know Christ and live in the joy of The Truth.
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.
Paul has complete faith in the work Timothy does and Paul has faith The Lord will send him to the Philippians to continue in that work.
20 For I have no man likeminded, who will naturally care for your state.
Paul believes Timothy's the man for the job.
21 For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ's.
There are many so called pastors that make much of what's said in the church about themselves or anything other than The Word, but here, Paul declares that Timothy is nothing like that.
22 But ye know the proof of him, that, as a son with the father, he hath served with me in the gospel.
Even a son of Paul's own couldn't do as good a job in teaching The Gospel than Timothy would do.
23 Him therefore I hope to send presently, so soon as I shall see how it will go with me.
Paul's waiting to see what his sentence will be before he decides to send Timothy.
24 But I trust in the Lord that I also myself shall come shortly.
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.
Epaphroditus was the one that brought news to Paul about the Philippians faith and their works in The Lord while being locked up. Paul has complete faith in
him as his brother in Christ and knows he will serve them in The Truth.
26 For he longed after you all, and was full of heaviness, because that ye had heard that he had been sick.
Epaphroditus had been very sick while in Rome, but continued to think about all those brothers and sisters in Christ back in Philippi before he did himself.
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 giving word from prison that if Epaphroditus had died it would have been sorrow upon sorrow for them.
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.
29 Receive him therefore in the Lord with all gladness; and hold such in reputation:
Epaphroditus is to be received with joy as their brother in Christ and treat him as they would treat Paul.
30 Because for the work of Christ he was nigh unto death, not
regarding his life, to supply your lack of service toward me.
Epaphroditus ministered to Paul while he was in prison and did everything he could do regardless of how sick he had become. He cared more for others than himself. The sign of a real Christian. The Philippians sent a blessing to Paul in Epaphroditus, a blessed servant of The Lord.