1.) Philippians 2:1-4
Paul asks a lot of questions with obvious answers. These question are concerning selflessness, unity, love and compassion. Paul states that agreeing with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose would make him truly happy. Paul ends these verses by again stating to be selfless and humble. The theme in these verses is selflessness, unity, and humility. Paul charges his audience to keep these traits and to practice them in everything they do. Philippians 2:5-11
- Paul talks about how Jesus was humble and not prideful of His divine heritage. - Paul states that Jesus gave up everything He had in order to become human. - Paul goes on to tell that because of Jesus’ selfless and humble act of dying a criminal’s death God The Father elevated Him to a position of highest honor. The theme of these verses is the humble and selfless act of Jesus’s death and the way that God exalted Him because of it. These verses start out by saying we should have the same attitude as Jesus. Conclusion: These two sections of verses relate in a couple different ways or like a more back and forth kind of relationship like the one need the other. 1-4 sets the stage for 5-11 and 5-11 explain why 1-4 are important. The first 4 verses bring the ball to the audience’s court and basically say, “Do you do these things? Are you selfish? Do you think of other as better than yourself? Well… you should!” Then 5-11 comes in and explains why we should… because Jesus did! These verses go on to explain how Jesus, in his death, was selfless, humble, and unite to The Father. Then Paul says that because of this attitude God exalted Him to the highest level of honor. These verse are related through selflessness and humility.
2.) Ephesians 5:15-21
- Paul urges those who he is righting not to act like fools but to be wise. - Paul also says not to act thoughtlessly but to do what the Lord wants you to do. - Paul also says not to get drunk but to be filled with The Spirit, to sing songs and to be thankful to The Father in the name of Jesus. - Then Paul urge the reader to submit it each other of reverence for Christ/ The theme of these verses is to be wise and to avoid thoughtless actions like the kind drinking wine will produce. It is pointing to be filled with the Spirit and then list the accompanying actions like singing songs in your heart and other things of that nature, but it will also produce gratitude, then the NLT us the words “and further” right before telling the readers to submit to each other. The them is submitting to people and to the Spirit. Ephesians 5:22-6:9
Paul tells husbands and wives what it looks like for them to submit to each other Paul shows how the submitting of a wife to her husband is like the body of Christ submitting to Jesus. Paul shows that because a wife submits to the husband and the husband love the wife like Christ loves the church then the man will care for his wife like Jesus cares for the church. Paul explains the rewards that come from submitting to a parent and the warning for parents who do not respect this role. Paul goes on to talk about slaves submitting to their masters and the reward they gain for such actions. The theme of these verses is the rewards that come with submission, as well as the way Christ honors the submission of his church. Conclusion: These verses obviously relate around the theme of submission. Verses 5:15-21 sets the stage for what it means to be wise and Spirit-filled and then ends with basically saying “because of this submit to each other”. Paul says to do it out of are reverence for Jesus. This set the stage for example of submission found in the next verses. These verses explain why we should submit (ex: wives submit to your husband like the church submits to Jesus and your husband will care for you like Jesus cares for His church.) They go on to talk about the submission of children and parents, as...
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