The Stimulus of Christ – Philippians 2:1 – 13 [Moffat]
1 So by all the stimulus of Christ, by every incentive of love, by all your participation in the Spirit, by all your affectionate tenderness,
2 I pray you to give me the utter joy of knowing you are living in harmony, with the same feelings of love, with one heart and soul,
3 never acting for private ends or from vanity, but humbly considering each other the better man,
4 and each with an eye to the interests of others as well as to his own.
5 Treat one another with the same spirit as you experience in Christ Jesus.
6 Though he was divine by nature, he did not snatch at equality with God
7 but emptied himself by taking the nature of a servant;
8 born in human guise and appearing in human form, he humbly stooped in his obedience even to die, and to die upon the cross.
9 Therefore God raised him high and conferred on him a Name above all names,
10 so that before the Name of Jesus every knee should bend in heaven, on earth, and underneath the earth,
11 and every tongue confess that ‘Jesus Christ is Lord,’ to the glory of God the Father.
12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have been obedient always and not simply when I was present, so, now that I am absent, work all the more strenuously at your salvation with reverence and trembling,
13 for it is God who in his goodwill enables you to will this and to achieve it.
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