THE EPISTLE OF PAUL
III. Taking Christ as the Pattern and
Holding Him Forth
A. Joined in Soul, Thinking the One Thing
1 1If there is therefore any encouragement in Christ, if any 2aconsolation of love, if any bfellowship of spirit, if any 3ctenderheartedness and dcompassions,
2 1Make my 2ajoy full, that you 3bthink the same thing, having the 4same love, 5cjoined in soul, 3thinking 6the one thing,
3 1Doing nothing by way of 2aselfish ambition nor by way of bvainglory, but in 3clowliness of 4mind considering one another more excellent than yourselves;
4 Not regarding each his own 1virtues, but each the 1virtues of others also.
B. Taking Christ as the Pattern
5 1Let athis mind be in you, which was also in 2Christ Jesus,
6 Who, 1aexisting in the 2bform of God, did 3not consider being cequal with God a treasure to be grasped,
7 But 1aemptied Himself, taking the 2form of a bslave, 3cbecoming in the 4likeness of men;
8 And 1being found in 2fashion as a man, He 3humbled Himself, becoming aobedient even unto death, and that the 4death of a bcross.
9 Therefore also God highly 1aexalted Him and 2bestowed on Him the 3name which is babove every name,
10 That 1in the name of Jesus aevery knee should 2bow, of those who are 3in bheaven and 4on earth and 5under the earth,
11 And every tongue should 1openly confess that Jesus Christ is 2aLord 3to the bglory of God the Father.
C. Working Out Our Salvation
to Hold Forth Christ
12 1So then, my beloved, even as you have always 2obeyed, not as in my presence only but now much rather in my absence, 3work out your own 4asalvation with 5bfear and trembling;
13 1For it is 2God who 3aoperates in you both the 4willing and the 5working for His 6bgood pleasure.
14 Do all things without 1amurmurings and breasonings
15 That you may be ablameless and 1guileless, 2children of God 3bwithout blemish in the midst of a ccrooked and 4perverted generation, among whom you shine as 5dluminaries in the 6world,
16 1Holding forth the 2aword of life, so that I may have a 3bboast in the 4cday of Christ that I did not drun in vain nor elabor in vain.
D. A Drink Offering upon
the Sacrifice of Faith
17 But even if I am being apoured out as a 1bdrink offering upon the 2csacrifice and 3service of your 4faith, I 5drejoice, and I 6rejoice together with you all.
18 And in like manner you also rejoice, and you 1rejoice together with me.
E. The Apostle's Concern for the Believers
19 But I hope in the Lord Jesus to send aTimothy to you shortly, that I also may be 1encouraged by knowing the things concerning you.
20 For I have no one 1alike-souled who will genuinely care for what concerns you;
21 For all aseek their own things, not the things of 1Christ Jesus.
22 But you know his 1approvedness, that as a achild with a father he has 2bserved with me unto the cgospel.
23 Him therefore I hope to send immediately, as soon as I see how things go with me.
24 But I trust in the Lord that I myself also will acome shortly.
25 But I considered it necessary to send to you aEpaphroditus, my 1brother and bfellow worker and cfellow soldier, and your 2dapostle and 3minister to my eneed,
26 Since he alonged after you all and was greatly distressed because you heard that he had become sick;
27 For indeed he had become asick, near to death, but God had mercy on him, and not on him only but also on me that I might not have sorrow upon sorrow.
28 I have sent him therefore the more eagerly, so that when you see him again, you may arejoice and I may be less sorrowful.
29 aReceive him therefore in the Lord with all bjoy, and chold such in honor,
30 Because for the work of Christ he drew near unto death, 1arisking his 2life, that he might bfill up your lack of 3service toward me.