III. Taking Christ as the Pattern and
Holding Him Forth
A. Joined in Soul,
Thinking the One Thing
  1. If there is therefore any encouragement in Christ, if any consolation of love, if any fellowship of spirit, if any tenderheartedness and compassions,
  2. Make my joy full, that you think the same thing, having the same love, joined in soul, thinking the one thing,
  3. Doing nothing by way of selfish ambition nor by way of vainglory, but in lowliness of mind considering one another more excellent than yourselves;
  4. Not regarding each his own virtues, but each the virtues of others also.
B. Taking Christ as the Pattern
  1. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus,
  2. Who, existing in the form of God, did not consider being equal with God a treasure to be grasped,
  3. But emptied Himself, taking the form of a slave, becoming in the likeness of men;
  4. And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, becoming obedient even unto death, and that the death of a cross.
  5. Therefore also God highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name,
  6. That in the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
  7. And every tongue should openly confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.
C. Working Out Our Salvation
to Hold Forth Christ
  1. So then, my beloved, even as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only but now much rather in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling;
  2. For it is God who operates in you both the willing and the working for His good pleasure.
  3. Do all things without murmurings and reasonings
  4. That you may be blameless and guileless, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverted generation, among whom you shine as luminaries in the world,
  5. Holding forth the word of life, so that I may have a boast in the day of Christ that I did not run in vain nor labor in vain.

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