if therefore there be any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any participation of spirit, if any compassion and tender mercies,
complete my joy. In order that you may be like minded, exercising the same love, having your souls knit together, your minds bent on the one thing
upon nothing out of a spirit of contention or vain glory, but in lowliness of mind esteeming one another better than yourselves,
look not every one to his own interests, but every one of you to the interests also of others.
For let this temper of mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus,
who being in the form of God did not think it robbery to be like God,
but he emptied himself"having taken the form of a servant, being in the likeness of men,
and found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death, even the death of a cross;
wherefore God highly exalted him, and granted him a name which is above every name,
that in the name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those beneath the earth;
and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the father.
Therefore, as you, my beloved, have always been obedient, not only when I was present, but now much more when I am absent, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling;
for it is God who is working in you both the will and the power to act.
For this good pleasure do you all things without murmurings and surmises,
that you may be blameless and sincere, spotless children of God in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, amongst whom shine ye forth as lights in the world,
displaying the word of life, that I may have matter of boasting for the day of Christ, that I did not run in vain, nor labour in vain,
but can if I am even poured out as a libation on the sacrifice and service of your belief, rejoice and congratulate with you all.
For the same cause then rejoice ye also and congratulate with me.
Now I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy very soon to you, that I may be refreshed by knowing the state of your affairs.
For I have none of a like disposition who will sincerely interest himself in your concerns.
For all are seeking their own things, not the things of the Christ Jesus.
But of him you know this proof, that as a son serveth a father, he hath served with me for the gospel.
Him therefore I hope to send as soon as I see the issue of my affairs here.
And I have a confidence in the Lord that I myself shall come very soon.
But I have thought it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus my brother, and fellow labourer and fellow soldier, and your missionary and agent to supply my want;
as he hath been longing for you all, and is much distressed because you heard that he was sick.
For he was indeed sick, nigh to death; but God had pity on him, and not on him only, but also on me, that I might not have sorrow on sorrow.
I have therefore sent him with the greater despatch, that upon seeing him again you may rejoice, and that I may be less sorrowful.
Receive him then in the Lord with all joy and hold such in high esteem
because he was on the brink of death, for the work of the Christ, having exposed his life that he might supply the want of your religious service for me.