Main Idea of the Passage:
In Philippians 2:1-11 Paul has two main subjects that he is addressing for the church in Philippi, exhortation towards unity and living a humble minded life that Jesus exemplified while on the earth. Paul ties these two ideas together by explaining that unity among the church begins with humility.
Outline of the Passage:
Verses 1-2 The author is giving a definition as to what faith really is as things hoped for and things not yet seen. For it was by faith that the great men and women of the bible were held in high esteem with God.
Verses 3 It was by faith that God created the world, giving a good example of how God called things into existence from the invisible.
Verses 4-5 Abel offered God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain because it was founded upon faith, placing Abel in high esteem with God because of his faith. Enoch was translated into heaven because of his great faith, which like Abel placed him in very high esteem with God.
Verses 6 Without faith it is impossible to please God. Anyone that comes to God must believe that He is and that he is a rewarded for those who seek Him.
Verses 7-11 Noah believed God when he spoke to him warning him against the coming flood. Noah trusted in and believed God’s words and took God’s words on faith, and Noah was rewarded. Abraham obeyed God when He asked him to go to a place he had never seen to receive an inheratance that would pass down to his heirs. Abraham looked for a place that was founded and made by God. Abraham believed God’s words and took God’s words on faith. Sarah was able to conceive a child years past child bearing age, because she believed in God’s words and took them on faith.
Exegetical notes for context:
* The author of the letter of Hebrews is uknown. Many believe that Paul was the author of Hebrews due to it’s content which lead to the...