Oct. 19, 2020

What Does Philippians 2:3 Mean?

What Does Philippians 2:3 Mean?

As Paul writes his letter to the church in Philippi he addresses a concern head-on. He has received a negative report that two people are causing division within the church. 

Paul gives us 3 things to do in a situation like this. 

Listen now, and let God equip you to help strengthen and unify the Body of Christ.


Philippians 2:3 (NIV): Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves

As Paul writes his letter to the church in Philippi he addresses a concern head-on. He has received a negative report that two people are causing division within the church. 

Paul gives us 3 things to do in a situation like this. 

Listen now, and let God equip you to help strengthen and unify the Body of Christ. 

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Transcript

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

 When Paul writes his letter to the Philippians, one area he addresses is division inside the church in Philippi because Paul knows disunity can destroy the Church. 

 So, he begins chapter 2 instructing believers to be united in love and spirit. 

 Today, Paul continues promoting unity by warning us what not to do. He writes in Philippians chapter 2 verse 3, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves

 So, Paul tells us 3 things. First, he says let nothing be done of selfish ambition. Selfish ambition here means to desire the promotion of your own cause and being willing to do anything to win, even at the expense of others.

 Second, He also says do nothing out of vain conceit. Vain conceit means someone having an exaggerated idea of their own importance. They live for applause.

 And three, Paul says, instead, be humble minded. Think of others as better than yourselves. 

 Now, this way of thinking was completely counterculture. The Greeks prided themselves in being better than everyone. In fact, when they’d conquer a city, they’d take the people from that city and make them into slaves. And they would call the slaves, get this, the “humble minded ones.” So, to be humble minded was not seen as a virtue by non-believers.

 But, Paul says, this is exactly how we are supposed to live if we want the Church to remain strong and unified. 

 So, your simple Truth for today: Selfishness and conceitedness can destroy the church, but a humble person can strengthen and unify the body of Christ.  

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