Sunday 20th September 2020. The Rev Dr. Andrew Nicol.

Our passage last week actually continues on into our reading this week (Philippians 2:1-13) where Paul’s main concern is that his friends, the believers in Philippi, remain steadfast and united in the face of any internal squabbles and external opposition.…

Sunday  20th September 2020.  The Rev Dr. Andrew Nicol.

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Our passage last week actually continues on into our reading this week (Philippians 2:1-13) where Paul’s main concern is that his friends, the believers in Philippi, remain steadfast and united in the face of any internal squabbles and external opposition. His concern is for the gospel witness in the city which already believes in another Lord and Saviour. So, Paul in this beautiful and very well known passage, reminds the Philippians (and us) that the God revealed in Jesus Christ is a very different god to the alleged saviours we humans so easily worship. Instead, we are to cling to this gospel news for the life of the world. We live out our heavenly citizenship then by having this ‘mind of Christ’:
who, though he was in the form of God,
did not regard equality with God
as something to be exploited,
but emptied himself,
taking the form of a slave,
being born in human likeness.
And being found in human form,
he humbled himself
and became obedient to the point of death—
even death on a cross.

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