sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in fullaccord and of one mind.
The Philippians are under stress, facing threats and persecution. Yet Paul suggests that Christ isencouraging and comforting His people by His Spirit in the midst of the community. I wouldsuggest that Christ is still present among His people doing the same thing. Where is He and howis he doing this?By His Spirit, He is present in our lives and in our faith community. He is why we gather.Literally, Christ is calling us to gather. We the people of God are the "called out ones," theekklesia, the church. We gather because He gathers us. We gather in and through Him.Even as we gather, He ministers to us in song, in prayers, in Scripture, in proclamation, in thesharing of the peace and in the bread and the wine.He meets us through the elements, but He also meets in and through His people: sometimesthrough a word of encouragement, a hug, a story, or simply someone listening us. Christ is present. By His Spirit, He is speaking to us from outside ourselves through other people andthrough the worship, and at the same time, the Spirit is touching us inwardly. He is healing,convicting, restoring and converting.In the gathering of God's people, we must learn to trust that Christ is and will sustain us personally and as community. If we cannot trust that our needs are not forgotten and will be met,we will be grasping instead of freely receiving His blessings.Paul encourages the Philippians that Christ has come and is encouraging, comforting andsustaining His people. In Christ's faithfulness, Paul calls the Philippians to have the same mind,to be of one accord, to love and serve and pour out their lives for one another.He points to the cross as the image of pouring out our lives into one another. While the cross isthe image and reality of our redemption, it is also pattern for our lived relation. Paul writes,2 complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3 Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significantthan yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though hewas in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but madehimself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And beingfound in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, evendeath on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that isabove every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth
The Holy Bible : English standard version. 2001 (Php 2:1–4). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.