II. If then there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort from love, if any communion of the Spirit, if any tender affection and compassion,
2make my joy complete, that ye be of the same mind, having the same love, being of one accord, of the one mind;
3doing nothing through contentiousness or vainglory, but in lowliness of mind each esteeming others better than himself;
4regarding not each one his own, but each one also the things of others.
5Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus;
6who, being in the form of God, did not account it robbery to be equal with God;
7but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men.
8And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, becoming obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
9Wherefore also God highly exalted him, and gave him a name which is above every name;
10that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of beings in heaven, and of beings on earth, and of beings under the earth,
11and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
12Wherefore, my beloved, as ye always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling;
13for it is God who works in you both to will and to perform, of his good pleasure.
14Do all without murmurings and disputings;
15that ye may become blameless and simple, children of God, unreproachable, in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom ye appear as do the heavenly lights in the world;
16holding forth the word of life; for a ground of glorying to me at the day of Christ, that I did not run in vain, or labor in vain.
17But even if I am poured out on the sacrifice and ministration of your faith, I rejoice, and I rejoice with you all.
18For the same cause, do ye also rejoice, and rejoice with me.
19But I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy shortly to you, that I also may be cheered, when I know your state.
20For I have no one like-minded, who will sincerely care for your state.
21For all seek their own, not the things of Jesus Christ.
22But ye know the proof of him, that, as a child with a father, he served with me for the gospel.
23Him therefore I hope to send without delay, so soon as I shall see how it will go with me;
24but I trust in the Lord that I also myself shall come shortly.
25Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, and companion in labor, and fellow-soldier, but your messenger and minister to my wants.
26For he was longing after you all, and was much distressed, because ye heard that he was sick.
27For indeed he was sick near to death; but God had mercy on him, and not on him only, but on me also, that I might not have sorrow upon sorrow.
28I sent him therefore with the more haste, that seeing him again ye might rejoice, and that I may be less sorrowful.
29Receive him therefore in the Lord with all gladness, and hold such in honor;
30because for the work of Christ he came near to death, hazarding his life, that he might supply what things were lacking on your part, of the ministration to me.