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Philippian Church


September 13, 2020

Philippians 2:1-8 NOTES


 The Attitude of Christ

Philippians 2:1-8 (NASB)
1  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,
2  make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose.
3  Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves;
4  do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.
5  Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus,
6  who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped,
7  but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.
8  Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.


John 16:33 (NASB)
33  “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation but take courage; I have overcome the world.”


John 17:20-23 (NIV)
20  “[Heavenly Father] My prayer is not for them [My disciples] alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message,
21  that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.
22  I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one:
23  I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to
(1) let the world know that you sent me and (2) have loved them even as you have loved me.


John 3:16 (NASB)
16  “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.


2 Peter 3:9 (NASB)
9  The Lord … is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.





William Barclay, “The one danger which threatened the Philippian church was that of disunity.  There is a sense in which that is the danger of every healthy church.  It is when people are really in earnest, when their beliefs really matter to them, that they are apt to get up against each other.  The greater their enthusiasm, the greater the danger that they may collide.  It is against that danger that Paul wished to safeguard God’s churches.”



  1. Jesus was so secure that He did not have to cling to His rights and His privileges as God.






  1. Jesus was so selfless that He made himself nothing to serve and save those of us who were lost.


John 5:30 (NASB)
30  “I can do nothing on My own initiative. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is just, because I do not seek My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.


John 6:38 (NASB)
38  “For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.


Matthew 26:39-44 (NASB)
39  And [Jesus] fell on His face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will.”

Matthew 20:28 (NASB)
28  “The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”


John 13:13-15 (NIV)
13  “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am.
14  Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15  I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.





  1. Jesus was so submissive that He humbled Himself to the point of humiliation and never asserted His rights as God.


Psalm 4:4 (NIV)
4  In your anger do not sin; when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent.



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