For He was as much "in the form of God" as "in the form of a servant"; and was so in the form of God as "to be on an equality with God"; He therefore could have been none other than God; for God saith, "To whom will ye liken Me and make Me equal?" that . of Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. HIS INTENTION TO SEND TIMOTHY: HIS SENDING EPAPHRODITUS MEANTIME. 14 Do everything without grumbling(A) or arguing, 15 so that you may become blameless(B) and pure, “children of God(C) without fault in a warped and crooked generation.”[a](D) Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky 16 as you hold firmly to the word of life. Philippians 2:14 (WNT) ye shine--literally, "appear" [TRENCH]. 18. Thus low, of his own will, he stooped from the glory he had with the Father before the world was. Running, denotes earnestness and vigour, continual pressing forward; labouring, denotes constancy, and close application. Verses 12-18 We must be diligent in the use of all the means which lead to our salvation, persevering therein to the end. Do all things without murmuring and disputing, Do all thynge with out murmurynge and disputynge. Now that I am not present to further the work of your salvation, "work out your own salvation" yourselves the more carefully. Receive him--There seems to be something behind respecting him. 13. Philippians 2:14 (NIRV) The demons and the lost may be included indirectly, as even they give homage, though one of fear, not love, to Jesus ( 3:11 , Luke 8:31 , 2:19 . The idea of "without grumbling" is from a Greek term, gongysmōn, dealing with murmuring or complaining. 26. Philippians 2:14 (SBLG) All things do without murmurings and reasonings, Exhortations to a kind, humble spirit and behaviour. They worship Him not only as God, but as the ascended God-man, "Jesus" ( Ephesians 1:21 , Hebrews 1:6 , 1 Peter 3:22 ). work out--carry out to its full perfection. . This encourages us to do our utmost, because our labour shall not be in vain: we must still depend on the grace of God. Yet, here he is at the end of his life in a dingy, dirty, filthy jailhouse saying to all of us Christians to stop grumbling or arguing. Most help only when Christ's gain is compatible with their own ( Judges 5:17 Judges 5:23 ). . He was thrown in jail with false accusations…literally because he preached the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ. He felt how exceedingly saddened you would be in hearing it; and he now is hastening to relieve your minds of the anxiety. Do all things without murmuring and arguing. . to send--It was properly a sending Epaphroditus back ( Philippians 4:18 ). lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow--namely, the sorrow of losing him by death, in addition to the sorrow of my imprisonment. fellow soldier--in the "good fight" of faith ( Philippians 1:27 Philippians 1:30 , 2 Timothy 2:3 , 4:7 ). And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ(E) that I did not run(F) or labor in vain.(G). Do everything without complaining and arguing. . "Fashion" expresses that He had the outward guise, speech, and look. Several motives to brotherly love are mentioned. Do everything without finding fault or arguing. Philippians 2:14 (NKJV) Philippians 2:14 (ASV) Sitting in a jail, just days before he literally is getting his head chopped off, Paul makes an unbelievable statement to Christians. Christ is "the Light of the world" ( John 8:12 ); believers are only "light-bearers" reflecting His light. having the same love--equally disposed to love and be loved. 4. Do everything without grumbling and arguing. His subjection to the law ( Luke 2:21 , Galatians 4:4 ) and to His parents ( Luke 2:51 ), His low state as a carpenter, and carpenter's reputed son ( Matthew 13:55 , 6:3 ), His betrayal for the price of a bond-servant ( Exodus 21:32 ), and slave-like death to relieve us from the slavery of sin and death, finally and chiefly, His servant-like dependence as man on God, while His divinity was not outwardly manifested ( Isaiah 49:3 Isaiah 49:7 ), are all marks of His "form as a servant." Do everything without kvetching or arguing. His expectation of release from prison is much fainter, than in the Epistles to Ephesians, Colossians, and Philemon, written somewhat earlier from Rome. In the verse here it's in a negative light as in the way of arguing. He "became obedient," namely, to God, as His "servant" ( Romans 5:19 , Hebrews 5:8 ). The Septuagint uses the very same Greek word in the passage, Genesis 1:14 Genesis 1:16 ; compare Note,. . . Philippians 2:14 (GNTA) with God, you will not grumble and argue. (12-18) The apostle's purpose of visiting Philippi. . 22. Be ever on your guard against a grudging and contentious spirit, Philippians 2:14 (WYC) as lights in the world--The Greek expresses "as luminaries in the world," as the sun and moon, "the lights," or "great lights," in the material world or in the firmament. obeyed--"even as ye have been obedient," namely, to God, as Jesus was "obedient" unto God not as, &c.--"not as if" it were a matter to be done "in my presence only, but now (as things are) much more (with more earnestness) in my absence (because my help is withdrawn from you)" [ALFORD]. 11. every tongue--Compare "every knee" ( Philippians 2:10 ). Do all things without murmurings and disputes. Therefore "God" is said to "exalt" Him ( Philippians 2:9 ), even as it was God to whom He became voluntarily "obedient." Do all things without murmurings and disputings: Philippians 2:14 (LEB) ; the Greek has no 'and,' and has the participle, not the verb), and that the death of the cross." We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. a name--along with the corresponding reality, glory and majesty. Neither inward nor outward peace can be enjoyed, without lowliness of mind. NIV, Chronological Study Bible: Holy Bible, New International Version, NIV, Story of Jesus: Experience the Life of Jesus as One Seamless Story, NIV, Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible, Red Letter Edition: Bringing to Life the Ancient World of Scripture, NIV, Biblical Theology Study Bible, Comfort Print: Follow God’s Redemptive Plan as It Unfolds throughout Scripture, NIV, Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible, Personal Size, Red Letter Edition: Bringing to Life the Ancient World of Scripture. Philippians 2:14 (YLT) Do all things without murmuring and arguing. Change ). in reputation--"in honor.". naturally--Greek, "genuinely"; "with sincere solicitude." God makes a new heart, and we are commanded to make us a new heart; not merely because we must use the means in order to the effect, but the effect itself is our act and our duty ( Ezekiel 11:19 , 18:31 , 36:26 ) [EDWARDS]. as a son with the father--Translate, "as a child (serveth) a father." The Greek "leitourgon," literally, implies ministering in the ministerial office. If you are thinking what I am thinking, Paul has every reason to grumble or argue. From Philippians 2:19-30 , it appears Epaphroditus was to set out at once to allay the anxiety of the Philippians on his account, and at the same time bearing the Epistle; Timothy was to follow after the apostle's liberation was decided, when they could arrange their plans more definitely as to where Timothy should, on his return with tidings from Philippi, meet Paul, who was designing by a wider circuit, and slower progress, to reach that city. The man "lowly of mind" as to his spiritual life is independent of men, and free from all slavish feeling, while sensible of his continual dependence on God. served with me--When we might expect the sentence to run thus. likeminded--literally, "that ye be of the same mind"; more general than the following "of one mind." What He produced is our own acts. For--reason for thinking it "necessary to send" "Epaphroditus. Do all things without grumbling or disputing; Do everything without finding fault or arguing. "Even unto death" expresses the climax of His obedience ( John 10:18 ). He was probably in a delicate state of health in setting out from Philippi; but at all hazards he undertook this service of Christian love, which cost him a serious sickness. your messenger--literally, "apostle." So harpagmos means in the only other passage where it occurs, PLUTARCH [On the Education of Children, 120]. as ye have . "That which ye would have done if you could (but which you could not through absence), he did for you; therefore receive him with all joy" [ALFORD]. We must kindly care for others, but not be busy-bodies in other men's matters. ( Isaiah 46:5 ), [BISHOP PEARSON]. "Being on an equality with God, is not identical with subsisting in the form of God"; the latter expresses the external characteristics, majesty, and beauty of the Deity, which "He emptied Himself of," to assume "the form of a servant"; the former, "HIS BEING," or NATURE, His already existing STATE OF EQUALITY with God, both the Father and the Son having the same ESSENCE. ( 1 Corinthians 12:4 1 Corinthians 12:13 ) [GROTIUS]: (4) "If any bowels (tender emotions) and mercies (compassions)," the adjuncts of "fellowship of the Spirit." he hath served with me," implies that Timothy had been long with Paul at Philippi; Accordingly, in the history ( Acts 16:1-4 , Acts 17:10 Acts 17:14 ), we find them setting out together from Derbe in Lycaonia, and together again at Berea in Macedonia, near the conclusion of Paul's missionary journey: an undesigned coincidence between the Epistle and history, a mark of genuineness [PALEY]. If they rejoiced already (as English Version represents), what need of his urging them, "Do ye also joy.". Philippians 2:14 (CJB) As the biblical passage above states, we live “blameless and pure” before our fellow man. Philippians 2:14 (GW) highly exalted--Greek, "super-eminently exalted" ( Ephesians 4:10 ). . The gospel is the word of life, it makes known to us eternal life through Jesus Christ. Christ emptied Christ; God exalted Christ as man to equality with God [BENGEL]. Philippians 2:14 (NAS) Philippians 2:14 (WBT) The divine nature had infinite BEAUTY in itself, even without any creature contemplating that beauty: that beauty was 'the form of God'; as 'the form of a servant' ( Philippians 2:7 ), which is in contrasted opposition to it, takes for granted the existence of His human nature, so 'the form of God' takes for granted His divine nature [BENGEL], Compare John 5:37 , 17:5 , Colossians 1:15 , 'Who is the IMAGE of the invisible God' at a time before 'every creature,' 2 Corinthians 4:4 , esteemed (the same Greek verb as in Philippians 2:3 ) His being on an equality with God no (act of) robbery" or self-arrogation; claiming to one's self what does not belong to him. or arguing”[disputing with our fellow man] —everything a believer does. ELLICOTT, WAHL, and others have translated, "A thing to be grasped at," which would require the Greek to be harpagma, whereas harpagmos means the act of seizing. I joy--for myself ( Philippians 1:21 Philippians 1:23 ). Do all things without grumbling? The same insuperable objection lies against ALFORD'S translation, "He regarded not as self-enrichment (that is, an opportunity for self-exaltation) His equality with God."