Philippians 2:1-2 (KJV)
If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,
Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.
The church in Philippi must have been a remarkable one. Paul’s love for them and they for him radiates through every chapter of the epistle. Still Paul begins this second chapter with an “if”.
I think there are some questions here any Christian would be wise to ask of themselves:
Is there any consolation in Christ?
The question is if they possess the heart and desire to be consoled by Christ and to console others as an instrument of Christ. Do we possess such a heart that God’s Word, His Son and the ministry of His church can bless us? If we are sufficiently blessed then we will believe the same can bless another.
Is there any comfort of love?
Does God’s love for you provide comfort to your soul? Is there joy and happiness that springs from such thoughts as “For God so loved…”?
Is there any fellowship of the Spirit?
The true test of genuine salvation is that the Holy Spirit witnesses to our spirit that we are the children of God. Do we possess such a fellow spirit to Spirit?
Is there any bowels and mercies?
- Do we have tender and earnest love for our fellow saints, especially those in our church? Do we own them as brothers and sisters?
- Do we care for them as we would care for our own sons and daughters and as we would our own mothers and fathers?
These questions reflect the deepest changes that happen in the Christian. What follows in the chapter are the results of such changes. If these are true then it is nothing for the preacher to ask that the other be true also.
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Philippians 2:1-2 Consolation, Comfort, Fellowship and Mercy
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