21: “Let Your Conduct Be Worthy of the
Gospel of Christ” (2) (Php 2:12-30)
In the first part
of this study, we looked at Paul’s appeal to the Philippians to be united with
the mind of Jesus Christ. Paul continues his appeals and gives his exhortations
in view of believers’ salvation. In this passage, Paul also gives instructions
to the Philippians to receive two of his fellow workers of the gospel, Timothy
beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much
more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it
is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure”
Did You Know…?
1. “I am being poured out” (2:17): Paul
compares the service of the Philippians to a sacrificial offering and himself
to the drink offering that accompanies the sacrifice (cf. Ex
1. What is the main theme of this paragraph?
2. Based on the context of this passage, how
are we to “work out” our own salvation? Why with “fear and trembling”?
3. Is working out our own salvation contrary
to the doctrine of salvation by grace? Explain your answer.
4a. Compare “complaining and disputing” (14) with
“crooked and perverse generation” (15). What does this comparison suggest?
4b. Have you complained or disputed when carrying
out God’s work? What causes complaints or disputes?
4c. Why is such behavior detrimental to the unity
of believers and to the gospel?
5. What does it mean to “hold fast the word of
6. Explain the analogy of verse 17 and what it
reveals about the heart of Paul.
7. What are Paul’s commendations of Timothy?
8. Why does Paul say that he would be
encouraged to know the state of the Philippians (19)?
9a. What are “the things
which are of Christ Jesus” (21)?
9b. What causes someone
to seek their own instead of the things of Christ?
9c. What is more
important to you? The things of Christ Jesus or your own interests?
10a. What are Paul’s
commendations of Epaphroditus?
10b. Why was Epaphroditus
11a. Why did Paul eagerly
send Epaphroditus to Philippi?
11b. What can we learn here
about our relationship with fellow believers?
12. What kind of people does the world hold in
esteem? As Christians, what kind of people should we hold in esteem (29)? Why?