Philippians 2



Philippians 2 emphasizes the importance of humility and unity among believers, using the example of Christ's humility and obedience. Paul encourages the Philippians to live in a manner that reflects the character of Christ, and he commends individuals who have demonstrated these qualities.


  1. Imitating Christ's Humility (Philippians 2:1-4): Paul encourages the Philippians to live in unity and love, emphasizing humility. He urges them to imitate the humility of Christ, who did not consider equality with God something to be grasped but emptied Himself, taking on the form of a servant.
  2. Christ's Exaltation (Philippians 2:5-11): Paul presents a hymn or poetic passage that exalts Christ's humility and obedience to the point of death on the cross. Despite His exalted status, Christ willingly humbled Himself, becoming obedient to the point of death, and as a result, God highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name above every name.
  3. Shining as Lights in the World (Philippians 2:12-18): Paul calls the Philippians to work out their salvation with fear and trembling, recognizing that it is God who works in them. He encourages them to do all things without grumbling or disputing, shining as lights in the world. Paul expresses his joy in their faithfulness and commitment.
  4. Timothy and Epaphroditus (Philippians 2:19-30): Paul plans to send Timothy to the Philippians so that he may be encouraged by their news. He also commends Epaphroditus, who had been sent by the Philippians to minister to Paul. Epaphroditus had been ill but recovered, and Paul plans to send him back to the Philippian church.