Imitating Christ's Humility
If you have any Encouragement from being united with Christ,
If any Comfort from His Love,
If any Fellowship with 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 PURPOSE.
3 DO NOTHING OUT OF SELFISH AMBITION OR VAIN CONCEIT,
But in Humility consider others better than yourselves.
4 Each of you should look not only to your own Interests,
But also to the Interests of others.
5 YOUR ATTITUDE SHOULD BE THE SAME AS THAT OF CHRIST JESUS;
6 WHO, BEING IN VERY NATURE GOD,
Did not consider Equality with God something to be Grasped,
BUT MADE HIMSELF NOTHING,
Taking the Very Nature of a Servant,
BEING MADE IN HUMAN LIKENESS.
8 And being found in appearance as a man,
HE HUMBLED HIMSELF
AND BECAME OBEDIENT TO DEATH--
Even Death on a Cross!
9 Therefore God Exalted Him to the Highest Place
And gave Him a 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 CONFESS
THAT JESUS CHRIST IS LORD;
TO THE GLORY OF THE FATHER.
Shining As Stars
12 Therefore, my dear Friends,
As you have always Obeyed—not only in my Presence,
But now much more in my Absence--
CONTINUE TO WORK OUT YOUR SALVATION
WITH FEAR AND TREMBLING,
13 FOR IT IS GOD WHO WORKS IN YOU
TO WILL AND TO ACT
ACCORDING TO HIS GOOD PURPOSE.
14 Do everything without complaining or arguing,
15 So that you may become Blameless and Pure,
Children of God without Fault
IN A CROOKED AND DEPRAVED GENERATION,
In which you Shine like Stars on the Universe
16 AS YOU HOLD OUT THE WORD OF LIFE--
In order that I may Boast on The Day Of Christ
That I did not run or labor for nothing.
17 BUT EVEN AS I AM BEING POURED OUT
LIKE A DRINK OFFERING
On the Sacrifice and service coming from your Faith,
I am glad and Rejoice with all of you.
18 So you too should be glad and Rejoice with me.
Timothy And Epaphroditus
19 I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon,
That I also may be Cheered when I receive news about you.
20 I have no one else like him,
Who takes a Genuine Interest in your Welfare.
21 FOR EVERYONE LOOKS OUT FOR HIS OWN INTERESTS,
NOT THOSE OF JESUS CHRIST.
22 But you know that Timothy has Proved himself,
Because as a son with his father
He has served with me in the Work of the Gospel.
23 I hope, therefore, to send him
As soon as I see how things go with me.
24 And I am Confident In the Lord
That I my self will come soon.
25 But I think it is necessary to send back to you Epaphroditus,
My brother, fellow worker and fellow soldier,
Who is also your messenger,
Whom you sent to take care of my needs.
26 For he longs for all of you
And is Distressed because you heard he was ill.
27 Indeed he was ill, and almost died.
But God had Mercy on him,
And not on him only but also on me,
To Spare me Sorrow upon Sorrow.
28 Therefore I am all the more eager to send him,
So that when you see him again
You may be glad and I may have less Anxiety.
29 Welcome him In the Lord with Great Joy,
And Honor men like him,
30 Because he almost died for the Work of Christ,
Risking his life
To make up for the help you could not give me.