Bible: Philippians 2:5-16

2:5 You should have the same attitude toward one another that Christ Jesus had, 1 

2:6 2 

who though he existed in the form of God 3 

did not regard equality with God

as something to be grasped,

2:7 but emptied himself

by taking on the form of a slave, 4 

by looking like other men, 5 

and by sharing in human nature. 6 

2:8 He humbled himself,

by becoming obedient to the point of death

– even death on a cross!

2:9 As a result God exalted him

and gave him the name

that is above every name,

2:10 so that at the name of Jesus

every knee will bow

in heaven and on earth and under the earth –

2:11 and every tongue confess

that Jesus Christ is Lord

to the glory of God the Father.

Lights in the World

2:12 So then, my dear friends, just as you have always obeyed, not only in my presence but even more in my absence, continue working out your salvation with awe and reverence, 7  2:13 for the one bringing forth in you both the desire and the effort – for the sake of his good pleasure – is God. 2:14 Do everything without grumbling or arguing, 2:15 so that you may be blameless and pure, children of God without blemish though you live in a crooked and perverse society, in which you shine as lights in the world 8  2:16 by holding on to 9  the word of life so that on the day of Christ I will have a reason to boast that I did not run in vain nor labor in vain.

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