III. Taking Christ as the Pattern and
Holding Him Forth
A. Joined in Soul,
Thinking the One Thing
- If there is therefore any encouragement in Christ, if any consolation of love, if any fellowship of spirit, if any tenderheartedness and compassions,
- Make my joy full, that you think the same thing, having the same love, joined in soul, thinking the one thing,
- Doing nothing by way of selfish ambition nor by way of vainglory, but in lowliness of mind considering one another more excellent than yourselves;
- Not regarding each his own virtues, but each the virtues of others also.
- Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus,
- Who, existing in the form of God, did not consider being equal with God a treasure to be grasped,
- But emptied Himself, taking the form of a slave, becoming in the likeness of men;
- And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, becoming obedient even unto death, and that the death of a cross.
- Therefore also God highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name,
- That in the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
- And every tongue should openly confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.
to Hold Forth Christ
- 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;
- For it is God who operates in you both the willing and the working for His good pleasure.
- Do all things without murmurings and reasonings
- 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,
- 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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