Oct. 15, 2020

What Does Philippians 2:1 Mean?

What Does Philippians 2:1 Mean?

In today's Bible verse of the day, Paul turns his focus to inside the church. It appears that a major division is occurring within the church in Philippi. Paul knows that disunity can destroy the church.  

Join today to see how Paul brilliantly makes a case for unity in the Church that is still just as applicable today as it was in the 1st Century.


Philippians 2:1 (NIV): Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 

Have you ever witnessed one person within your church destroy the relationships within it? 

It's like Satan uses one person to destroy the beautiful love and unity that makes the church strong. 

You're not alone. Paul experienced the same problem.

At the end of Philippians chapter one, Paul encourages the believers in Philippi to stand together in one spirit in order to remain strong amidst the persecution coming from outside the church. 

In today's Bible verse of the day, Paul turns his focus to inside the church. It appears that a major division is occurring within the church in Philippi. Paul knows that disunity can destroy the church.  

Join today to see how Paul brilliantly makes a case for unity in the Church that is still just as applicable today as it was in the 1st Century. 

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Transcript

Hey, welcome to The Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth.

In the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Philippians at the end of chapter one, Paul tells the body of believers in Philippi how to stand together in one spirit to withstand the opposition from external threats because The Philippian church was beginning to experience conflicts and persecution from outside the church.

In Philippians chapter 2, Paul turns his focus away from external conflicts to internal conflicts. It appears that division was threatening the unity of that church body. We’ll discover more about this in chapter 4, but because of this, Paul begins building a case for Christian unity here in chapter two verse 1 when he says, “Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion”

So, Paul is really giving us 4 rhetorical questions here. Paul knows these are true, but he wants the Philippians to realize the blessings that they’ve experienced as a follower of Christ. 

How many of these blessings are true in your life? 

Have you found encouragement from knowing that you are in Christ? 

Have you felt comfort from God’s love knowing that He will never leave you? 

Do you share fellowship with God’s Spirit as he guides you and moves through your life? 

Have you deeply felt God’s tenderness and compassion? 

If you are a believer in Christ, then hopefully you answered yes to all of these questions.

So why is Paul asking these questions? Join us tomorrow as to see what naturally results because of these blessings so that God can use you to build unity within your own church. It’s easy to join, just ask your Amazon smart speaker to “Play Bible Study.”

I’m Julie Carruth, and I can’t wait to see you again tomorrow.